Footballer or rather soccer is a game most loved and most popular in the world today. Nearly three quarters of the world population watch a game of football. Each and every country has its national football team that usually if successful in knock out stages gets a chance to compete for the World Cup. Their other football clubs in each country that compete domestically for titles and thus proves that football is a game that has extensively been adopted in the society. The best soccer players are known by their achievements and honours that they have received during their career. Social media has also played a key role in measuring the popularity of soccer players. Here are the top 10 most popular hottest soccer players 2017.
List of Top 10 Most Popular Hottest Soccer Players in The World in 2017
10. Andres Iniesta
One of the popular soccer players in the world today is Andres Iniesta who plays for Barcelona FC, and Spanish national team. Today he is the captain of FC Barcelona and is recognized as one of the greatest midfielders of all time. On weekly basis the player earns £165,000 and he is net worth $90 million. Andres started his career at an age of twelve with Barca and progressed rapidly to his position today. He has won 32 trophies making him one of the most decorated Spanish player of all time. On social network sites such as Facebook he has 26,571,793 likes on twitter he has 14.6 million followers.
9. Arjen Robben
Among the most popular and famous Dutch soccer players is Arjen Robben who is the captain of Netherlands national team and a forward for German club Bayern Munich.in 2014 the guardian ranked him as the fourth best player in the world. Arjen has been a player for several international teams such as Gronigen, PSV, Chelsea, and Real Madrid. He is known to be the best in dribbling skills, speed and accurate crosses. Some of his achievements and awards he has won are Dutch Sportsman of the Year: 2014, FIFA FIFPro World XI: 2014, UEFA Champions League Team of the Season: 2013–14, UEFA Champions League Final Man of the Match: 2013. Currently he earns €160,000 per week and he is net worth $80 million
8. Gareth Bale
Gareth bale is one of the popular world class soccer player who plays for the wales national team and Spanish club Real Madrid. He is one of the famous players on the field who strikes from a distance, has great speed, and swerving free kicks remarkable physical qualities, and a gifted left foot. Real Madrid acquired him for a world record transfer fee of €100.8 million and currently Gareth has signed a contract with Real Madrid that extends to 2022 which will make him earn £350,000 a week after tax amounting in total $166 million. He will be the highest paid player in the world. He was once a player for Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur. Some of his individual awards he has received are Premier League Player of the Month April 2010, January 2012, and February 2013, The Football Manager Team of the Decade: 2015, Welsh Footballer of the Year: 2010,2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 among others. On his Facebook account he has more than 28,000,000 likes.
7. Manuel Neuer
Another player of Bayern Munich who is currently the vice-captain of Bayern Munich and the current Germany national team captain is among the most popular soccer players in the world today. He is the goal keeper of Bayern and one of the best in his specialty. Neur has been awarded some accolades that truly reflect him as an expert such as FIFA World Cup Golden Glove: 2014, L’Équipe’s player of the year: 2014, AIPS Athlete of the Year: 2014, IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper: 2013, 2014, 2015, UEFA Goalkeeper of the Year: 2013, 2014, 2015, FIFA FIFPro World XI: 2013, 2014, 2015. Currently Manuel earns a basic salary of €150,000 weekly which he is set to make 2021 and he is net worth $40 million. On Facebook the goal keeper has more than 9,194,744 Likes and more than 3.7 million.
6. Sergio Aguero
Sergio Aguero plays for Argentina national team and English premier league Manchester city. Among all of the best strikers in the world today Aguero ranks on top of the list for his outstanding super striking skills. It was between the periods of 2006-2010 that Aguero made a name for himself for scoring 101 goals in 235 appearances. His transfer from Atletico Madrid made him the most expensive player to ever been bought by Manchester. Currently Aguero receives a weekly wage of £220,000, and he is net worth $75 million. He has more than 11,000,000 fans on Facebook and on twitter he has 14.9 million followers. He is one amongst the Top 10 Most Popular Hottest Soccer Players in The World 2017.
5. Luis suarez
Luis Suarez is regarded as one of the best strikers in the world. He plays for his Uruguay national team and Barcelona FC. Luis career kickoff from the football club Nacional in 2003 and then left for Ajax in 2007. During his time in Ajax he assisted the club win KNVB cup and becoming the top scorer and even being named Dutch Footballer of the Year. In 2011 Liverpool bought Suarez for £22.8 million and during his time with them he was named the PFA Players’ Player of the Year and the FWA Footballer of the Year (2014). For his national team Suárez is the all-time record goal scorer who has assisted his team especially in 2011 to win the Copa America Title. Although Suarez is a great player we can’t fail to mention he is a controversial one naming incidents such as 2010 world cup goal line handball, bitten other players, diving incidents and racially abusing opponents. On weekly basis Luis earns earning £200,000 per week making him second highest paid player in Barcelona and he is net worth $40 million. He has more than 18,000,000 Facebook fans and 8.28 million twitter followers.
4. Zlatan Ibrahimović
Zlatan Ibrahimović hails from Sweden and he has been part of Swedish national team as a captain from 2010-2016.today he is a striker at the English premier league club Manchester united which he joined in 2016 a contract valid for one year with a possibility of extension. He is one of the most decorated strikers in the history of football. His career debut started back in 1990 Malmö FF, then went ahead to join Ajax where his career sky rocketed. Upon his success in Ajax, Juventus signed him and other teams such as Inter Milan in 2006, Barcelona 2009, A.C Milan 2010 and Paris Saint-Germain 2012. During his career on these teams he has named and awarded Golden Foot: 2012, Serie A Footballer of the Year 2008, 2009, 2011, Serie A Top Scorer 2009, 2012, UNFP Player of the Month for 6 times. He has been on the records in history books for being the only player to score in UEFA champion’s league with 6 different teams and in addition the only player in history to have won 113 championships in four different leagues. Currently he earns £220,000 per week and he is net worth $100 million. He has a total of 26,200,339 Facebook fans and 4.28 million twitter followers.
3. Neymar JR
Neymar da Silva Santos Junior hails from Brazil and plays for Brazil national team, and also FC Barcelona as a forward.to the southern Americans and mostly the Brazilians Neymar is very popular footballer and mostly regarded as the core man to the Brazil success. He has been named South America footballer of the year twice in 2011 and 2012. He joined Barcelona on May 2013 for €86.2 million under a contract valid until 2018. His presence at Barcelona together with his fellow attackers Messi and Suarez they have done a remarkable job that can only be cited through titles such as continental treble of La Liga 2014-2015-2016, Copa del Rey 2014-2015-2016, the UEFA Champions League 2014-2015 and FIFA Club World Cup 2015. His weekly salary amounts to £150,000 and he is net worth is estimated to be $148 million. His popularity in face book has earned him 59,161,596 fans and on twitter he has 26.6 million followers.
2. Lionel Messi
The Argentina national team captain and FC Barcelona forward is perhaps the most popular footballer and tie with Cristiano Ronaldo. Among the legends of football Messi has accomplished everything that has to be accomplished in the world of football and he is still at the prime of his career. Many are the times he has been referred as the best player in the world, the greatest of them all but all this is due to his successful career. To start with he is the only player to have won 3 European Golden Shoes, the only player to have won 5 FIFA Ballons d’Or, Top goal scorer in La Liga, Top assist provider in La Liga, only player to have won more than one FIFA Club World Cup Golden Ball, Top goal scorer in El Clásico and the list runs in tens of other personal achievements. His biography is full of honours and achievements that can take a few pages to highlight them all. Currently rumors have it that he will be the highest paid footballer in history although he earns $350,000 on weekly basis and he is estimated to be net worth $220 million. On social networks such as Facebook Messi has 87,588,211 fans and on twitter he has 1.01 million followers.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo
Talk of a great player and the most popular soccer player in the world today Cristiano Ronaldo. His popularity has made his name appear in the Guinness World Record for being the most liked Person on Facebook: He is the captain of Portugal national team and a forward for Real Madrid. His career biography is similar to Lionel Messi’s and this is the reason why, he is the most expensive footballer in history, Only player to have won more than one FIFA Club World Cup Silver Ball, the only player to win four European Golden Shoe awards, best Portuguese player of all time as stated by the Portuguese Football Federation, fastest player to score 350 goals for one club, Real Madrid all-time top goal scorer, top goalscorer in La Liga and the list is endless. In 2016 ESPN ranked Cristiano as world most famous athlete. He is also the current highest paid soccer player in the world with weekly earnings of $710,000 and a net worth of $300 million. He currently has 118,420,467 Facebook fans and 48.9 million twitter followers.
These above are the Top 10 Most Popular Hottest Soccer Players in The World 2017. In every sport there those legends that have heard a very successful careers and these above soccer players are amongst those legends. If you are an aspiring footballer, learn your skills from these men above, their ways and try emulate them and work hard since that is the only route to achieve what they have achieved today.