With the best FIFA football awards just concluded, and with the winner announced, GoalBall set out to rank the top 100 soccer players 2018 – both those who made it to the shortlist and those you’ll see on fields playing for their various clubs and country.
It was, intrinsically, a near-impossible mission creating this top 100 soccer players 2018 list. There are no objective metrics for cross-position comparisons. There is no legally binding way to adjust for strength of competition or teammates.
Even so, we tried.
Brazil and Spain are the nation with the most players on the list with 16 players. France and Germany are level in third with 13 each. Belgium is fifth with nine.
Spain’s entire starting 11 at the 2018 World Cup makes the top 50.
Twenty different nations are represented in the top 100 soccer players 2018. The best team not represented is Mexico.
Nine different countries are represented in the top 10 football players in 2018.
European reigning champion, Portugal has just two players in the top 100.
Even with Leroy Sane left off Germany’s squad, Manchester City leads the way among clubs with 13 players in the top 100. Barcelona is second with 12. Its Clasico rival, Real Madrid, is hot on its tail with 11. Tottenham is fourth with nine. Bayern Munich is fifth with eight.
Four Real Madrid players cracked the top 10 football players 2018. Only one other club, PSG, had several players in the top 10.
Twenty-three clubs from six different leagues are represented.
As expected, all 100 players are based in Europe.
Only one teenager made the list of top 100 soccer players 2018 and he came in at No. 9.
Of the 100 players, midfielders are 41; defenders are 24; forwards are 21; goalkeepers are 8; five were listed as midfielders/forwards, and one was listed as a defender/midfielder.
Now let’s see the top 100 soccer players 2018:
- Lionel Messi, F, Argentina/Barcelona
- Cristiano Ronaldo, F, Portugal/Real Madrid
- Neymar, F, Brazil/PSG
- Kevin De Bruyne, M, Belgium/Manchester City
- Mohamed Salah, F, Egypt/Liverpool
- David De Gea, G, Spain/Manchester United
- Luka Modric, M, Croatia/Real Madrid
- Sergio Ramos, D, Spain/Real Madrid
- Kylian Mbappe, F, France/PSG
- Toni Kroos, M, Germany/Real Madrid
- N’Golo Kante, M, France/Chelsea
- Eden Hazard, M/F, Belgium/Chelsea
- Robert Lewandowski, F, Poland/Bayern Munich
- Manuel Neuer, G, Germany/Bayern Munich
- Antoine Griezmann, F, France/Atletico Madrid
- Harry Kane, F, England/Tottenham
- Marcelo, D, Brazil/Real Madrid
- Paul Pogba, M, France/Manchester United
- Isco, M, Spain/Real Madrid
- Mats Hummels, D, Germany/Bayern Munich
- David Silva, M, Spain/Manchester City
- Philippe Coutinho, M, Brazil/Barcelona
- Luis Suarez, F, Uruguay/Barcelona
- Christian Eriksen, M, Denmark/Tottenham
- Mesut Ozil, M, Germany/Arsenal
- Gerard Pique, D, Spain/Barcelona
- Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, G, Germany/Barcelona
- Paulo Dybala, M/F, Argentina/Juventus
- Thiago Alcantara, M, Spain/Bayern Munich
- Casemiro, M, Brazil/Real Madrid
- Andres Iniesta, M, Spain/Barcelona
- Raheem Sterling, F, England/Manchester City
- Joshua Kimmich, D, Germany/Bayern Munich
- Sergio Busquets, M, Spain/Barcelona
- Sergio Aguero, F, Argentina/Manchester City
- James Rodriguez, M, Colombia/Bayern Munich
- Dani Carvajal, D, Spain/Real Madrid
- Edinson Cavani, F, Uruguay/PSG
- Thomas Muller, M/F, Germany/Bayern Munich
- Gabriel Jesus, F, Brazil/Manchester City
- Jan Vertonghen, D, Belgium/Tottenham
- Dries Mertens, F, Belgium/Napoli
- Sadio Mane, F, Senegal/Liverpool
- Mousa Dembele, M, Belgium/Tottenham
- Fernandinho, M, Brazil/Manchester City
- Raphael Varane, D, France/Real Madrid
- Jordi Alba, D, Spain/Barcelona
- Diego Costa, F, Spain/Atletico Madrid
- Ilkay Gundogan, M, Germany/Manchester City
- Ousmane Dembele, M/F, France/Barcelona
- Kyle Walker, D, England/Manchester City
- Samuel Umtiti, D, France/Barcelona
- Dele Alli, M, England/Tottenham
- Ivan Rakitic, M, Croatia/Barcelona
- Roberto Firmino, F, Brazil/Liverpool
- Romelu Lukaku, F, Belgium/Manchester United
- Bernardo Silva, M, Portugal/Manchester City
- Gonzalo Higuain, F, Argentina/Juventus
- Sami Khedira, M, Germany/Juventus
- Koke, M, Spain/Atletico Madrid
- Kalidou Koulibaly, D, Senegal/Napoli
- Alisson, G, Brazil/Roma
- Ederson, G, Brazil/Manchester City
- Nabil Fekir, M, France/Lyon
- Joao Miranda, D, Brazil/Inter Milan
- Diego Godin, D, Uruguay/Atletico Madrid
- Thibaut Courtois, G, Belgium/Chelsea
- Jerome Boateng, D, Germany/Bayern Munich
- Willian, M, Brazil/Chelsea
- Florian Thauvin, M/F, France/Marseille
- Marquinhos, D, Brazil/PSG
- Saul Niguez, M, Spain/Atletico Madrid
- Thomas Lemar, M, France/Monaco
- Toby Alderweireld, D, Belgium/Tottenham
- Nemanja Matic, M, Serbia/Manchester United
- Douglas Costa, M, Brazil/Juventus
- Blaise Matuidi, M, France/Juventus
- Son Heung-Min, F, South Korea/Tottenham
- Iago Aspas, F, Spain/Celta Vigo
- Cesar Azpilicueta, D, Spain/Chelsea
- Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, M, Serbia/Lazio
- Angel Di Maria, M, Argentina/PSG
- Nicolas Otamendi, D, Argentina/Manchester City
- Keylor Navas, G, Costa Rica/Real Madrid
- Benjamin Mendy, D, France/Manchester City
- Julian Draxler, M, Germany/PSG
- Leon Goretzka, M, Germany/Schalke
- Paulinho, M, Brazil/Barcelona
- Eric Dier, D/M, England/Tottenham
- Hugo Lloris, G, France/Tottenham
- Jose Maria Gimenez, D, Uruguay/Atletico Madrid
- Thiago Silva, D, Brazil/PSG
- Marco Asensio, M, Spain/Real Madrid
- Vincent Kompany, D, Belgium/Manchester City
- Granit Xhaka, M, Switzerland/Arsenal
- Medhi Benatia, D, Morocco/Juventus
- Ivan Perisic, M, Croatia/Inter Milan
- Fred, M, Brazil/Shakhtar Donetsk
- Marco Reus, M, Germany/Borussia Dortmund
- Jordan Henderson, M, England/Liverpool