Best football players in the world 2019
20 December 2019
Our annual list of the world's 100 best male football players is here! We came, we saw, we argued in a room for ages – and these are the results... 
Frenkie de Jong
12 December 2019
The brilliant men in the middle who come out top in our examination of the greatest the engine room has to offer
Sergio Aguero
27 November 2019
It's a golden age for frontmen right now, but these 10 have proved themselves the cream of the crop... in our opinion, at least
Best goalkeepers in the world
15 August 2019
The best netminders on the planet, according to... well, us
Lionel Messi, Barcelona
21 December 2018
There will soon be a time when Messi and Ronaldo aren't the best players in the world, but 2018 hasn't been it. The victim of boredom in Ballon d'Or voting remains the finest footballer on the planet
Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus
21 December 2018
Had it not been for Luka Modric steering Croatia to a World Cup final, CR7 would surely have taken his sixth Ballon d'Or title. He turns 34 in February – not that it seems to make a blind bit of difference... 
Kylian Mbappe, PSG
21 December 2018
To call him the world's most exciting young player is almost reductive. Mbappe has already influenced the biggest games on the biggest stage of all – and only just left his teenage years behind
Luka Modric, Real Madrid
21 December 2018
There's a sense his Ballon d'Or win may have been a concerted effort to end the Messi-Ronaldo duopoly, but this has been another stunning year from one of football's classiest operators

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