This article profiles 25 of the most exciting players in World Football today.
Football is one of the world’s finest forms of entertainment, and the drama and the excitement that come with the sport have made it a global phenomenon and a profitable international product.
This piece celebrates the artists, the daredevils and the prodigies of the world’s game.
I have particularly focused on those players who have the capacity to excite, to enthral and to exhilarate, thus, perhaps it is no surprise that dribblers and speed merchants are heavily represented among the 25.
One of the reasons why players such as Maradona, Michael Laudrup and Garrincha are so revered, even today, is in their ability to carry the ball over distances and at speed, to take people on and to beat the opposition.
This quality is valued highly in this list, and therefore, attacking players are represented more frequently than defensive talents.
However, this is not to say that dribbling is the be all and end all. I have also tried to include a nod toward the young, giving space to consider potential, development and the electricity that only youth can harness. I consider some lesser-known talents, rather than purely the names that so frequently populate these pages.
Whilst this collection are all at different stages of their development, and all progressing toward being different types of talent, all have the capacity to enthral and excite at the highest level.