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
Nationality: Portuguese

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
Nationality: Argentinian

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
Nationality: Brazilian
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 David Beckham

David Beckham
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Famous As: Former English Footballer
Birthdate: May 2, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
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.  

 5 Kylian Mbappé

Kylian Mbappé
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: December 20, 1998
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: French

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 Zlatan Ibrahimović

Zlatan Ibrahimović
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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: October 3, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Swedish

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.

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 7 Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: March 15, 1993
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: French

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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 8 Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: July 16, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British

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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 9 Ronaldinho

Ronaldinho
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: March 21, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Brazilian

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
Nationality: Polish

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 Eden Hazard

Eden Hazard
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: January 7, 1991
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Belgian

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.

 12 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

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

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.

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 13 Harry Kane

Harry Kane
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: July 28, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British
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.

 14 Gianluigi Buffon

Gianluigi Buffon
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: January 28, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Italian
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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 15 Sergio Agüero

Sergio Agüero
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: June 2, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Argentinian
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.

 16 Gerard Piqué

Gerard Piqué
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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: February 2, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Spanish

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.

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 17 Romelu Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku
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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: May 13, 1993
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Belgian

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.

 18 Antoine Griezmann

Antoine Griezmann
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: March 21, 1991
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: French

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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 19 Christian Pulisic

Christian Pulisic
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: September 18, 1998
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 20 Thierry Henry

Thierry Henry
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Famous As: French football Coach
Birthdate: August 17, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: French

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.

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 21 Sadio Mané

Sadio Mané
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: April 10, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Senegalese

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.

 22 Philippe Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: June 12, 1992
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Brazilian

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.

 23 Jamie Vardy

Jamie Vardy
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: January 11, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British

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.

 24 Alex Ferguson

Alex Ferguson
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Famous As: Former Manager of Manchester United
Birthdate: December 31, 1941
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Scottish
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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 25 Jadon Sancho

Jadon Sancho
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: March 25, 2000
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British

 26 Ole Gunnar Solskjær

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

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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 27 Son Heung-min

Son Heung-min
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: July 8, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: South Korean

 28 Didier Drogba

Didier Drogba
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Famous As: Ivorian Footballer
Birthdate: March 11, 1978
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Ivorian
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 29 Luka Modrić

Luka Modrić
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: September 9, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Croatian, Yugoslav
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.

 30 Virgil van Dijk

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

 31 Kevin De Bruyne

Kevin De Bruyne
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: June 28, 1991
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Belgian

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.

 32 Gary Lineker

Gary Lineker
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: November 30, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British

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.

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 33 Roberto Firmino

Roberto Firmino
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: October 2, 1991
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Brazilian
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

 34 Ryan Giggs

Ryan Giggs
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: November 29, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Welsh
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.
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 35 Megan Rapinoe

Megan Rapinoe
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: July 5, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 36 Thomas Müller

Thomas Müller
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: September 13, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: German

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.

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 37 Jesse Lingard

Jesse Lingard
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: December 15, 1992
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British
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.

 38 N'Golo Kante

N'Golo Kante
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: March 29, 1991
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: French

 39 Johan Cruyff

Johan Cruyff
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Famous As: Former Dutch Footballer & Manager
Birthdate: April 25, 1947
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Dutch
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.

 40 Riyad Mahrez

Riyad Mahrez
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: February 22, 1991
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Algerian, French, Moroccan

 41 Peter Crouch

Peter Crouch
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: January 30, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British

Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Peter Crouch is best known for his signature “robot” celebration after scoring goals. He also played with Aston Villa and Liverpool, helping the latter win the the FA Cup and the FA Community Shield. He also helped Tottenham gain a place in the UEFA Champions League.

 42 Ousmane Dembele

Ousmane Dembele
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: May 15, 1997
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: French

 43 Michael Owen

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

 44 Bastian Schweinsteiger

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

 45 Radamel Falcao

Radamel Falcao
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: February 10, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Colombian

 46 Karim Benzema

Karim Benzema
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: December 19, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Algerian

Karim Benzema is a French football player often described as strong, powerful, and immensely talented striker. Over the years, Karim has gained the reputation of not missing an opportunity to score a goal once he gets inside the penalty area. In 2010, he got into legal trouble after visiting a 16-year-old prostitute in Paris. The charges were dropped in 2014.

 47 Thiago Alcântara

Thiago Alcântara
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: April 11, 1991
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Brazilian, Spanish

 48 Tammy Abraham

Tammy Abraham
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: October 2, 1997
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British

 49 Andrea Pirlo

Andrea Pirlo
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Famous As: Italian footballer
Birthdate: May 19, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Italian

Italian professional football coach and former player. Andrea Pirlo, is currently the head coach of football club Juventus. As a player, he was known for his ball control. He retired after playing 116 matches for the Italian national football team. He was elected into the Italian Football Hall of Fame in 2019.

 50 Leroy Sané

Leroy Sané
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: January 11, 1996
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: German, French

Leroy Sané is a German professional football player who played a prominent role in helping Manchester City win the EFL Cup and the Premier League for which he was named PFA Young Player of the Year for the 2017–18 season. Also an important member of the German national team, Sané can also represent France as he also holds French citizenship.

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