Football Players

Football players are the sports persons who play football on the professional level. Football is a team sport that involves kicking a ball with the foot to score a goal. There are many types of football such as American football, Canadian football, association football, rugby league and rugby union. Football is a very popular sport, a fact proven by the presence of 250 million association football players in the world. Football players across the world attract huge fan followings and are often elevated to iconic levels. The glamorization of football is not without reason—football players are among the best paid sports persons and earn considerably more than professionals in other sports. Professional football players start playing early on in their childhood for local clubs and play for several small teams before getting selected for high-ranking teams. Individuals with a deep passion for the game coupled with a love for physical activity make ideal football players. A highly competitive sport, football requires the players to be in peak physical as well as mental conditions; the game is as mentally stressful as it is physically exhausting. Browse this section to explore about the life and works of various famous football players from all over the world.

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 1 Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo
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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: February 5, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Santo António

Widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, Portuguese football player, Cristiano Ronaldo, is one of the world's highest-paid athletes. He is a versatile attacker capable of playing on either wing as well as through the center of the pitch. He has the distinction of being the first European to score 100 international goals.

 2 Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi
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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: June 24, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rosario, Argentina

Considered one of the best football players in the world and a prolific goal scorer, Lionel Messi has shattered and created numerous records in his playing career. Regarded by another soccer legend, Diego Maradona, as his successor, the Argentinian superstar is also one of the world’s highest paid athletes.

 3 Neymar

Neymar
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: February 5, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mogi das Cruzes, State of São Paulo, Brazil
Amongst the best football players in the world presently, Neymar is a part of Brazil national team and French club Paris Saint-Germain. The prolific goal scorer debuted with Santos and played for Barcelona before joining PSG in a deal that made him the world’s most expensive player. He led Brazil national team to its first Olympic gold medal in 2016.

 4 Zlatan Ibrahimović

Zlatan Ibrahimović
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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: October 3, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Malmö, Sweden

Swedish professional footballer Zlatan Ibrahimović currently plays as a striker for Serie A club A.C. Milan. Widely regarded as one of the best strikers of his generation, he is one of the most decorated active footballers in the world.  He is Sweden's all-time leading goalscorer. He is a brash person and has been involved in several violent incidents with teammates.

 5 Kylian Mbappé

Kylian Mbappé
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: December 20, 1998
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bondy

Regarded as one of the best footballers of the current generation, Kylian Mbappé became only the second teenager to score a goal in the final game of a World Cup. Known for his explosive speed and dribbling skills, Mbappé made an impact at a young age. Very mature for his age, he also believes in giving back to society.

 6 David Beckham

David Beckham
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Famous As: Former English Footballer
Birthdate: May 2, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Leytonstone, London, England
David Beckham is a former English footballer who was football superstar on-field and a heartthrob off-field. A former player for Manchester United, Real Madrid and Milan, among others, Beckham was a free-kick specialist, a brilliant crosser of the ball and the first English player to win league titles in four countries. His passion for football, charisma and fashion style have made him an international sensation.  
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 7 Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: July 16, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cardiff, Wales

The charismatic Welsh footballer player, Gareth Frank Bale played for Southampton football club and Tottenham Hotspur extensively before joining Real Madrid in 2013 for a fees that exceeded Christiano Ronaldo’s earlier record fee. Known for his speed and accuracy, Gareth Bales is also the captain of Wales national team and plays for Tottenham Hotspur, on loan from Real Madrid.

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 8 Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: March 15, 1993
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lagny-sur-Marne, Seine-et-Marne

Paul Pogba is a prominent football player for the English club Manchester United; in 2016 he was transferred from Juventus to Manchester United for a then-world record transfer fee of £89.3 million, which remains the highest paid fee by any English club. Also an important member of the France national team, he helped France win the 2018 World Cup.

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 9 Ronaldinho

Ronaldinho
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: March 21, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Porto Alegre

Regarded as one of the best football players of all time, Ronaldinho played a crucial role in Brazil’s victory in 2002 FIFA World Cup. Later, he helped FC Barcelona win two La Liga and a UEFA Champions League title. The two time FIFA world Player of the Year, who retired in 2018, was known for his technical skills and creativity.

 10 Robert Lewandowski

Robert Lewandowski
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: August 21, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Warsaw

Considered one of the best football players in the world, Robert Lewandowski plays for Bundesliga club Bayern Munich and leads the Poland national team as its captain. Known for his exceptional goal scoring ability and striking skills, Lewandowski has earned several accolades including Polish Player of the Year title for eight consecutive years. Besides, he is also a venture capitalist.

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 11 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: June 18, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Laval

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is a footballer who plays as a forward and is the captain of the Gabon national team. He is known for his pace and finishing and is said to be one of the best strikers in the world. He plays for the English club team, Arsenal. He has played for other clubs as well like AC Milan and Borussia Dortmund.

 12 Gianluigi Buffon

Gianluigi Buffon
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: January 28, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Carrara, Italy
Gianluigi Buffon is an Italian footballer, often considered the greatest goalkeeper of all time. The first goalkeeper to receive the Golden Foot Award, Buffon was included in Pelé's FIFA 100 list in 2004. He is also well-known for his charity work; in 2019, he was named a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations' World Food Programme.
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 13 Thierry Henry

Thierry Henry
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Famous As: French football Coach
Birthdate: August 17, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Les Ulis, Essonne, France

A football coach, Thierry Henry began his career as a player with Monaco team and later also played for Arsenal and Barcelona. A lethal striker, he became a record goal scorer for both France and Arsenal. He played a crucial role in the French victory in 1998 FIFA World Cup and Arsenal’s win in Premier League and the FA Cup.

 14 Sergio Agüero

Sergio Agüero
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: June 2, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Buenos Aires
Argentine footballer and Manchester City striker Sergio Agüero was the youngest footballer of the Argentine Primera División, at 15. From scoring two goals in the semi-final to help Argentina win the 2008 Olympic gold medal, to being the fourth-highest goal-scorer of Premier League, he has many feats to his credit.
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 15 Romelu Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku
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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: May 13, 1993
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Antwerp

Romelu Lukaku, the Belgian football player, is known for his goal-scoring abilities. He plays in the forward position and can also play as a winger. He has scored more than 50 international goals while playing for the men’s national team of Belgium. Inter Milan, Chelsea, West Bromwich Albion, Everton and Manchester United are some of the clubs he has played for.

 16 Eden Hazard

Eden Hazard
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: January 7, 1991
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: La Louvière, Belgium

One of the best Belgian footballers of all time, Eden Hazard is also regarded as one of the best players of the current generation. Thanks to his ability to retain possession among other footballing skills, Hazard is often compared with players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

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 17 Jamie Vardy

Jamie Vardy
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: January 11, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sheffield, United Kingdom

Considered a late bloomer in the world of soccer, Jamie Vardy became the oldest player to win the Premier League Golden Boot award when he scored the maximum number of goals during the 2019–20 Premier League season. Apart from his goal-scoring abilities, Jamie is also known for his direct approach and relentless running.

 18 Sadio Mané

Sadio Mané
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: April 10, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sédhiou

Sadio Mané is one of the greatest Senegalese football players of all time. He is Senegal's fifth all-time top goal-scorer and was named African Footballer of the Year in 2020. One of Liverpool's key players, Sadio serves as an inspiration to youngsters as he succeeded as a footballer in spite of his father forbidding him from playing as a child.

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 19 Jadon Sancho

Jadon Sancho
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: March 25, 2000
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Camberwell, England

 20 Alex Ferguson

Alex Ferguson
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Famous As: Former Manager of Manchester United
Birthdate: December 31, 1941
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Alex Ferguson is known for his 26-year tenure as the manager of the football club Manchester United, from 1986 to 2013. He won 38 trophies with the club, including 13 Premier League titles. The first English Football Hall of Fame inductee, Ferguson has also received the knighthood
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 21 Christian Pulisic

Christian Pulisic
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: September 18, 1998
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States

 22 Gerard Piqué

Gerard Piqué
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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: February 2, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Barcelona

Spanish footballer Gerard Piqué, who plays for FC Barcelona, is considered one of the world’s best centre halves. He is amongst the few players who have won the UEFA Champions League for two consecutive years, but for different teams. He also played a crucial role in the Spain national team’s victory in 2010 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2012.

 23 Kevin De Bruyne

Kevin De Bruyne
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: June 28, 1991
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ghent

Often described as a complete football player, Kevin De Bruyne is also widely regarded as one of the best players of his generation. Over the years, he has had a major impact on the Manchester City Football Club, helping his team win several games. He is also a key player for the Belgian national football team.

 24 Ole Gunnar Solskjær

Ole Gunnar Solskjær
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Famous As: Football Manager
Birthdate: February 26, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kristiansund

Former Norwegian football player, Ole Gunnar Solskjær was one of the most successful players of Manchester United and scored 126 goals for it. He famously scored the winning goal against Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final to secure a treble for the Manchester United. Post retirement, he began his coaching career and is currently the manager of Manchester United.

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 25 Philippe Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: June 12, 1992
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cartagena

Brazilian footballer, Phillipe Coutinho, is hailed as one of the most talented midfielders and playmakers in the world. He has been a key player for Premier League clubs like Inter Milan, Liverpool, FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich. He was a member of the Brazilian national team that won the 2019 Copa America.

 26 Son Heung-min

Son Heung-min
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: July 8, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chuncheon-si, South Korea
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 27 Didier Drogba

Didier Drogba
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Famous As: Ivorian Footballer
Birthdate: March 11, 1978
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Abidjan

 28 Luka Modrić

Luka Modrić
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: September 9, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Zadar, Croatia
Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modrić has won 17 big trophies for his club. He had a difficult childhood, growing up amid the Croatian War of Independence. He has played for Tottenham Hotspur, and in 2018, he led Croatia to their first football World Cup final and won the Golden Ball.
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 29 Riyad Mahrez

Riyad Mahrez
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: February 22, 1991
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sarcelles, France

 30 Thomas Müller

Thomas Müller
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: September 13, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Weilheim in Oberbayern

Thomas Müller, who is a prominent member of the Germany national football team, is a versatile footballer; he can play at various positions, such as centre forward, left wing, and right wing. He played key roles in Germany's performance in the 2010 World Cup, Euro Cup 2012, 2014 World Cup, and 2018 World Cup.

 31 Harry Kane

Harry Kane
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: July 28, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Walthamstow, London Borough of Waltham Forest
A brilliant striker known for his impressive ability to score goals, Harry Kane is an English football player who leads the national team of England and also plays for Premier League club, Tottenham Hotspur. Harry Kane has been named the Premier League Player of the Month six times and received the Golden Boot twice.

 32 Jesse Lingard

Jesse Lingard
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: December 15, 1992
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Warrington
Manchester United winger and attacking midfielder Jesse Lingard has won several championships with his team, such as the UEFA Europa League, the FA Community Shield, the FA Cup, and the EFL Cup. He was also part of the English national team which finished fourth at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
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 33 Virgil van Dijk

Virgil van Dijk
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: July 8, 1991
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Breda

 34 Roberto Firmino

Roberto Firmino
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: October 2, 1991
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Maceió, Alagoas
Roberto Firmino started his career with Figueirense and Hoffenheim, before joining Liverpool, with whom he won the Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup, the FIFA Club World Cup, and a Premier League. Known for his no-look goals and Matador-style celebration, he was part of the 2019 Copa America-winning Brazil team
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 35 Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: June 15, 1992
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Gharbia Governorate

Egyptian professional footballer Mohamed Salah is considered one of the best players in the world. Known for his finishing, dribbling, and speed, he plays for the Premier League club Liverpool and the Egyptian national team. He has been named the CAF African Footballer of the Year twice. His fans and the press have nicknamed him "The Pharaoh."

 36 Antoine Griezmann

Antoine Griezmann
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: March 21, 1991
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mâcon

Antoine Griezmann is a French football player. A key member of the France national team, Antoine Griezmann helped his team win the 2018 FIFA World Cup by scoring a goal and assisting another in France's 4-2 win against Croatia. Also an esports enthusiast, Griezmann launched an esports organisation called Grizi Esport in 2020.

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 37 Ryan Giggs

Ryan Giggs
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: November 29, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cardiff
Welsh midfielder Ryan Giggs has had a successful 24-year stint with Manchester United as a senior player and has also served as their interim coach. He has won 13 Premier League titles with the club and was the first player with two consecutive PFA Young Player of the Year awards.

 38 Gary Lineker

Gary Lineker
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: November 30, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Leicester

Gary Lineker is a British former football player who currently works as a sports broadcaster. Considered one of the greatest British strikers of all time, Gary Lineker is the third-highest goal-scorer for England. During his 16-year playing career, Lineker never received a red or yellow card, due to which he was honored with the FIFA Fair Play Award in 1990.

 39 Bastian Schweinsteiger

Bastian Schweinsteiger
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: August 1, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kolbermoor

 40 Megan Rapinoe

Megan Rapinoe
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: July 5, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Redding, California, United States

 41 Samuel Eto'o

Samuel Eto'o
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: March 10, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Douala, Cameroon

 42 Francesco Totti

Francesco Totti
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Famous As: Italian Footballer
Birthdate: September 27, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Italian footballer Francesco Totti is known for his 25-year stint with Roma. Nicknamed “The Golden Boy” and “The Gladiator,” he led Roma to win the Serie A and the Coppa Italia. He was also part of the 2006 FIFA World Cup-winning Italian team. He was named to Pele’s FIFA 100

 43 Thiago Alcântara

Thiago Alcântara
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: April 11, 1991
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bari

 44 Alvaro Morata

Alvaro Morata
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: October 23, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

 45 Andrés Iniesta

Andrés Iniesta
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: May 11, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Fuentealbilla
Spanish midfielder Andrés Iniesta, who now captains the Japanese club Vissel Kobe, has had a 22-year stint with Barcelona, serving as a captain in three seasons and winning nine La Ligas and four UEFA Champions Leagues. He scored the winning goal to help Spain win the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

 46 Johan Cruyff

Johan Cruyff
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Famous As: Former Dutch Footballer & Manager
Birthdate: April 25, 1947
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died: March 24, 2016
Dutch midfielder/forward Johan Cruyff pioneered the idea of Total Football, along with coach Rinus Michels. The first three-time Ballon d'Or-winner was known for his signature move, the Cruyff Turn. He made it to FIFA 100 and ranked second only to Pele in an official World Player of the Century poll.

 47 Manuel Neuer

Manuel Neuer
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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: March 27, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Gelsenkirchen, West Germany

Considered one of the greatest goalkeeper of all time, Manuel Neuer is a German football player. He keeps and captains his national team and his club FC Bayern München. Described as a sweeper-keeper due to his unique playing style, Manuel Neuer helped his national team win the 2014 FIFA World Cup where he was adjudged the best goalkeeper.

 48 Toni Kroos

Toni Kroos
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: January 4, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Greifswald

German midfielder Toni Kroos has won two La Ligas and three UEFA Champions Leagues with his current team Real Madrid. He has previously helped Bayern Munich win three Bundesliga titles and one FIFA Cup World Cup. He also led Germany to a FIFA World Cup win in 2014.

 49 Michael Owen

Michael Owen
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: December 14, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chester

 50 Eric Cantona

Eric Cantona
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Famous As: Actor & Football Player
Birthdate: May 24, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Marseille

Eric Cantona is a French actor, filmmaker, and former football player. During his playing career, Cantona was a key player for the popular football club Manchester United and is often credited with reviving the club's reputation as a footballing force. Nicknamed King Eric by Manchester United fans, Eric Cantona continues to enjoy an iconic status within the club.

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