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:

  1. Lionel Messi, F, Argentina/Barcelona
  2. Cristiano Ronaldo, F, Portugal/Real Madrid
  3. Neymar, F, Brazil/PSG
  4. Kevin De Bruyne, M, Belgium/Manchester City
  5. Mohamed Salah, F, Egypt/Liverpool
  6. David De Gea, G, Spain/Manchester United
  7. Luka Modric, M, Croatia/Real Madrid
  8. Sergio Ramos, D, Spain/Real Madrid
  9. Kylian Mbappe, F, France/PSG
  10. Toni Kroos, M, Germany/Real Madrid
  11. N’Golo Kante, M, France/Chelsea
  12. Eden Hazard, M/F, Belgium/Chelsea
  13. Robert Lewandowski, F, Poland/Bayern Munich
  14. Manuel Neuer, G, Germany/Bayern Munich
  15. Antoine Griezmann, F, France/Atletico Madrid
  16. Harry Kane, F, England/Tottenham
  17. Marcelo, D, Brazil/Real Madrid
  18. Paul Pogba, M, France/Manchester United
  19. Isco, M, Spain/Real Madrid
  20. Mats Hummels, D, Germany/Bayern Munich
  21. David Silva, M, Spain/Manchester City
  22. Philippe Coutinho, M, Brazil/Barcelona
  23. Luis Suarez, F, Uruguay/Barcelona
  24. Christian Eriksen, M, Denmark/Tottenham
  25. Mesut Ozil, M, Germany/Arsenal
  26. Gerard Pique, D, Spain/Barcelona
  27. Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, G, Germany/Barcelona
  28. Paulo Dybala, M/F, Argentina/Juventus
  29. Thiago Alcantara, M, Spain/Bayern Munich
  30. Casemiro, M, Brazil/Real Madrid
  31. Andres Iniesta, M, Spain/Barcelona
  32. Raheem Sterling, F, England/Manchester City
  33. Joshua Kimmich, D, Germany/Bayern Munich
  34. Sergio Busquets, M, Spain/Barcelona
  35. Sergio Aguero, F, Argentina/Manchester City
  36. James Rodriguez, M, Colombia/Bayern Munich
  37. Dani Carvajal, D, Spain/Real Madrid
  38. Edinson Cavani, F, Uruguay/PSG
  39. Thomas Muller, M/F, Germany/Bayern Munich
  40. Gabriel Jesus, F, Brazil/Manchester City
  41. Jan Vertonghen, D, Belgium/Tottenham
  42. Dries Mertens, F, Belgium/Napoli
  43. Sadio Mane, F, Senegal/Liverpool
  44. Mousa Dembele, M, Belgium/Tottenham
  45. Fernandinho, M, Brazil/Manchester City
  46. Raphael Varane, D, France/Real Madrid
  47. Jordi Alba, D, Spain/Barcelona
  48. Diego Costa, F, Spain/Atletico Madrid
  49. Ilkay Gundogan, M, Germany/Manchester City
  50. Ousmane Dembele, M/F, France/Barcelona
  51. Kyle Walker, D, England/Manchester City
  52. Samuel Umtiti, D, France/Barcelona
  53. Dele Alli, M, England/Tottenham
  54. Ivan Rakitic, M, Croatia/Barcelona
  55. Roberto Firmino, F, Brazil/Liverpool
  56. Romelu Lukaku, F, Belgium/Manchester United
  57. Bernardo Silva, M, Portugal/Manchester City
  58. Gonzalo Higuain, F, Argentina/Juventus
  59. Sami Khedira, M, Germany/Juventus
  60. Koke, M, Spain/Atletico Madrid
  61. Kalidou Koulibaly, D, Senegal/Napoli
  62. Alisson, G, Brazil/Roma
  63. Ederson, G, Brazil/Manchester City
  64. Nabil Fekir, M, France/Lyon
  65. Joao Miranda, D, Brazil/Inter Milan
  66. Diego Godin, D, Uruguay/Atletico Madrid
  67. Thibaut Courtois, G, Belgium/Chelsea
  68. Jerome Boateng, D, Germany/Bayern Munich
  69. Willian, M, Brazil/Chelsea
  70. Florian Thauvin, M/F, France/Marseille
  71. Marquinhos, D, Brazil/PSG
  72. Saul Niguez, M, Spain/Atletico Madrid
  73. Thomas Lemar, M, France/Monaco
  74. Toby Alderweireld, D, Belgium/Tottenham
  75. Nemanja Matic, M, Serbia/Manchester United
  76. Douglas Costa, M, Brazil/Juventus
  77. Blaise Matuidi, M, France/Juventus
  78. Son Heung-Min, F, South Korea/Tottenham
  79. Iago Aspas, F, Spain/Celta Vigo
  80. Cesar Azpilicueta, D, Spain/Chelsea
  81. Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, M, Serbia/Lazio
  82. Angel Di Maria, M, Argentina/PSG
  83. Nicolas Otamendi, D, Argentina/Manchester City
  84. Keylor Navas, G, Costa Rica/Real Madrid
  85. Benjamin Mendy, D, France/Manchester City
  86. Julian Draxler, M, Germany/PSG
  87. Leon Goretzka, M, Germany/Schalke
  88. Paulinho, M, Brazil/Barcelona
  89. Eric Dier, D/M, England/Tottenham
  90. Hugo Lloris, G, France/Tottenham
  91. Jose Maria Gimenez, D, Uruguay/Atletico Madrid
  92. Thiago Silva, D, Brazil/PSG
  93. Marco Asensio, M, Spain/Real Madrid
  94. Vincent Kompany, D, Belgium/Manchester City
  95. Granit Xhaka, M, Switzerland/Arsenal
  96. Medhi Benatia, D, Morocco/Juventus
  97. Ivan Perisic, M, Croatia/Inter Milan
  98. Fred, M, Brazil/Shakhtar Donetsk
  99. Marco Reus, M, Germany/Borussia Dortmund
  100. Jordan Henderson, M, England/Liverpool

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