Maybe not the most famous Italian in the world but not the least talented. N’Golo Kanté’s teammate at Chelsea shone during the Euro 2021. A player of the shadows, he is that precious midfielder that every team must have. Winner of the Champions League with the Blues and therefore of the Euro with Italy, he will have to show himself at the level of the next months to apply for the Ballon d’Or award. We know that the midfielders have difficulty to be recognized by the general public.
14. Gianluigi Donnarumma
Will the Italian Goalkeeper succeed as Gigi Buffon? If Jorginho is the one who won the two most titles of the season, another will have his say with Gianluigi Donnarumma. The goalkeeper of the Squadra Azzura, who will join PSG, has made a great Euro performance until being decisive in the final in the penalty shootout against England. Although he has never played in a Champions League match, the one who finished 2nd in Serie A with AC Milan behind the rival, Inter, could be a candidate for the Ballon d’Or title.
13. Ángel Di María
The man of finals, as people love to call him. The Argentinian footballer was named the man of the match in the 2014 champions league’s final thanks to his incredible performance and his gold assists that led his former club Real Madrid to win the trophy after 12 years of fails. He repeated the same scenario in the 2021 Copa America’s final as he scored the one and only goal leading his national team to win the trophy after 28 years since last win, that’s besides being the second top assister in Ligue 1 and in the champions league last season.
Last season wasn’t good for the Brazilian, he didn’t win neither Ligue 1 neither Champions League and even failed at Copa America’s final besides missing a lot of games because of his injury. Anyway, he still scored 17 goals in all competitions so he deserves to be on our list.
11. Bruno Fernandes
The Portuguese player has been Manchester United’s top scorer last season with 18 goals, breaking Frank Lampard’s record as the most goals from a midfielder in one season in the Premier League, even with his poor performance in the Euro 2021 but we all agree that this guy will be a big motivation for the team to go back to glory days.
10. Mohamed Salah
The Egyptian King, no one can stop him even at Liverpool’s difficult season the guy has scored 22 goals making him the second goalscorer in the Premier League last season after Harry Kane (23) and without forgetting his 6 goals in the Champions League.
9. Romelu Lukaku
The Belgian striker who probably will join Chelsea this season has been second only to Cristiano Ronaldo in the Serie A scoring charts. He led Inter to their first Serie A trophy since 2010 and also the Belgium national team to the quarter-finals of Euro 2021.
8. Karim Benzema
The Euro’s second and La Liga’s third top scorer had a fantastic season as he returned to the French national team after nearly 6 years of absence and he proved himself by scoring 4 goals. He also played an important role in leading his club to the Champions League semi-finals.
7. Harry Kane
Unfortunately, England’s best striker has no luck when it comes to finals. As he led his national team to the Euro 2021 final and lost against Italy, the Premier League’s top scorer is a real example of players who works on themselves and improves every season.
6. Kevin De Bruyne
Kevin De Bruyne, the Belgian, despite physical problems, has carried Belgium during the Euro, which stopped in the quarterfinals (beaten by Italy), but especially Manchester City in the final of the Champions League, where he left early in the second half. Incredible technique, he never ceases to impress with each outing. It’s up to him to confirm that he deserves to be at least on the podium in the next games with the Citizens.
5. Kylian Mbappé
One of the fastest players in the world or probably the fastest one, even for missing the penalty and getting his national team out of the Euro 2021, the Ligue 1 top and Champions League’s second scorer last season had already 37 goals in his pocket and one of his best moments last season was his hattrick against Barcelona.
4. Cristiano Ronaldo
Known as CR7, he doesn’t need to be introduced anymore, the only player on the planet capable of rivaling the Argentine genius Lionel Messi in terms of performances with the greatest records that exist in football. The 5 times Ballon D’or winner, who was recently voted “Player of the 21st Century” was the Euro 2021 and Serie A top scorer last season, his records are staggering. The most recent is the highest goalscorer in the history of football.
3. Erling Haaland
This name floods the debates and social networks like an inevitable virus. It is quite rare that a footballer of such a young age has such an impressive impact in the world of football. Already considered one of the best players on the planet, he is attracting a lot of attention thanks to his phenomenal record in the Bundesliga and the Champions League. Haaland recently set a record for scoring the most goals the Champions League last season, he became the youngest player to score in six consecutive matches in the Champions League. At his age (21), not even the two monsters CR7 and Messi had gathered these figures.
2. Lionel Messi
Leo Messi, the genius and the extraterrestrial! The only one in the world to have won the Ballon d’Or six times. For fifteen years, he has been at the top of the podium with CR7. Elected best player of the decade, he is considered by many observers as the best player of all time. He is the best current scorer of La Liga for last season and for all time, despite winning Copa America 2021 and being the highest goal scorer and assister in the competition, of course, he will be the man of the tournament.
1. Robert Lewandowski
The Polish player, Lewandowski is more than ever at the top of his game. In 2020, he received the World’s Top Scorer Award. He also won the FIFA Men’s Football Player of the Year award and the UEFA Player of the Year award. Mister Robert Lewandowski was considered the highest goalscorer in all competitions for the 2020/21 season with a whopping 48 goals. WHAT A MONSTER!