A Brand-New List of Top 5 Exceptional Male Football Player in 2018

Football is regarded as the King of Sports. Its attraction has never decreased. Each year, there are various significant events in our football all over the world.

Back in 2018, the year finished and marked sports innovation and remarkable moments. In the meantime, the most five prominent men in the football world of 2018 have appeared.

Who obtained our valuable crown on the list?

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You don’t know who they are? Take a look below to figure out the answer.

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#5 Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah in FIFA World Cup 2018

  • Teams: Liverpool/Egypt
  • Position: Forward
  • Date of birth: 15/06/1992
  • Rank in 2017: 22

First of all,

Our 5th position of the top dominant male football players is Mohamed Salad.

This talented Egyptian man has left his supporters with a huge impression. He has succeeded in creating beautiful movement and high-skilled control on the grounds.

CIES put him to the list of the leading five leagues’ the most expensive players in Europe with £36.9 million as a transfer fee.


With his excellent achievement, Salah gained twice CAF African Footballer of the Year and the BBC African Footballer of the Year title. Also, his name was in the CAF Team of the Year and Africa Cup of Nations Team of the Tournament.

This influential footballer has scored 44 goals for his club. Thirty-two of them was in the Premier League at the age of 26. The success has set him as the most prolific goalscorer in 38 games. At that time, PFA and FWA player of the year has named him.

Besides, he has led his home country to the first World Cup after 28 years. With a kick-off penalty at the 94th minute versus Congo, he made a new record.



In his Champions League final and World Cup 2018, he had a severe injury. It caused much controversy at that time. Salah was optimistic himself although he suffered from a shoulder dislocation.

#4 Kylian Mbappé

Kylian Mbappé gaining his Best Young Player Award in the 2018 FIFA World Cup

  • Teams: Paris St-Germain / France
  • Position: Forward
  • Date of birth: 20/12/1998
  • Rank in 2017: 8

Next, we will welcome an incredible French football player on this list. Last year, he was standing at the number 4 on the list.


At the moment, he belongs to the team Paris St-Germain.

Like Mohamed Salah, Kyllian Mbappé is one of the most pricey athletes in Europe. In specific, with a transfer bargain of €180 million, he became the most valuable teenager. In the same year, he was the world’s second-most costly player.

He causes a lot of argument around his best quality on the football ground. All devoted fans have an impression on his speed, deft touch and joyful movement. These factor has brought him to prominence even before 20.

In the previous year, he supported his current team to become the champion of the FIFA World Cup.

Meanwhile, Mbappé was the youngest French teenager to score in FIFA World Cup throughout 60 years in football history. Also, he became the second teenager to score in the final of World Cup, which was after legendary Pelé.


With his essential performances, he continued to obtain the Best Young Player Award. Also, after France prevailed in the tournament, he was renowned for the joint second-highest goalscorer in the world.

#3 Lionel Messi

Messi in a match against Nigeria 2018

  • Teams: Barcelona / Argentina
  • Position: Forward
  • Date of birth: 24/06/1987
  • Rank in 2017: 1

After many successive times to be on the top of 100 leading footballers of the year, 2018 was the time Messi fell to the 3rd position. Yet, his appeal is still expanding.


Whenever we mention football players in the Champions League and the FIFA World Cup, Messi is unable to be ruled out in our minds.

So far throughout his professional profile, he has scored 591 goals and won 477 matches of total 674 games. Also, he has obtained 33 titles and 13 awards during a long time on football grounds.

Regarded as a prestigious international footballer, Messi is always standing on the highest place of an all-time goalscorer in Argentina. Based on his excellent contribution to our football, he is admired as one of the most exceptional players of all ages.

His unique style is one of the factors to lead him to all successive prominence.

He always shows his expression and creativity in every match. Besides, his impressive pass, control movement, and nifty dribbles carved into worldwide fans’ hearts.

In 2016, he announced about his retirement. Later, he decided to reverse his statement and lead his national team to the FIFA World Cup 2018.



His failure in the latest World Cup left a bit of sadness on his dedicated supporters.


He quickly dropped in this list in the third place.

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# 2 Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo in a match of 2018

  • Teams: Juventus / Portugal
  • Position: Forward
  • Date of birth: 05/02/1985
  • Rank in 2017: 2

Our second-placed dominant football player is Cristiano Ronaldo. He has succeeded in maintaining his ranking on the leaderboard.


Like Messi, Ronaldo is considered as one of the all-time influential footballers in the globe. He has contributed to new records in our sports history.

With Real Madrid, he used to take the third consecutive Champions League title. Before turning to 22, he excellently acquired multiple  Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year awards.


Above that, he is famous for scoring 343 goals in 454 league matches at the age of 28. From 2013 to 2014, he dominated UEFA Best Player in Europe Award.

#1 Luka Modric

Luka Modric in 2018

Teams: Real Madrid / Croatia

Position: Midfielder

Date of birth: 09/09/1985

Rank in 2017: 6

Ultimately, our owner of the crown has shown up. The championship belonged to the Croatian superb football player named Luka Modric.


After six continuous years with winning of Messi and Ronaldo, a new leader is here.

With around 225 experts across 69 countries, Modric became the winner of the year 2018.

He had an impressive performance in the FIFA World Cup 2018 to climb five positions and be on the top. At that time, he took victory in the Golden Ball award for Best Player of the Tournament. Also, he was in the list of the Croatian Footballer of the Year seven times.


The mixture of traditional and trequartista styles has brought to his bright future in football history.

To sum up

The five names of the most excellent men as a professional footballer are above. The year 2018 ended. We are ready for the new year 2019 with more attentive performances on the football ground.


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And of course, the new ranking will be presented in no time. Stay tuned.