Welcome to World Class: The Shortlist
Wide forwards have been seriously in vogue over the past 15 years, players who combine the best strengths of a prolific striker and a cunning winger to produce a new type of double-edged attack weapon capable of both to score goals and to create them for others.
90 minutes The ongoing “Welcome to the World Class” series seeks to find the world-class forwards playing today – all based on a scoring measure which you can read in more detail by clicking here.
What you’ll see next is a shortlist of 10 of the best in the world, and why they were included in the race to be said “Welcome to the World Class”.
Arsenal made Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang their highest-paid player when he signed his new contract this year because it was fair too important not to lose it.
Auba has worn Arsenal since arriving for a club record in January 2018, never more than last season when he scored 29 times in 44 games and won the FA Cup as captain. He has scored over 200 club goals since 2013 alone and the Gunners would be lost without him.
Something of a late bloomer, Papu Gomez is the captain and talisman of the hugely popular Atalanta squad that have taken Serie A and Europe by storm in recent seasons.
Gomez is now scoring fewer goals than before, but those numbers have been replaced by innovative assist stats. His 16 assists in 2019/20 set a new one-season Serie A record and he is proving even more effective as a creative player.
Club: Real Madrid
Real Madrid have yet to see the best of Eden Hazard since his € 100million transfer in 2019 and it has seriously hurt Los Blancos to be without him for long stretches of time. This is because it is unplayable that day.
Hazard has shown this kind of form time and time again for seven years at Chelsea and was instrumental in the club’s six major trophies victory during his stay. His natural ability is frightening and is also a big reason why the Belgian national team rose to the top of the world.
Electric Sadio Mane seems to have gotten better and better every year of his career, dating back to his time at Red Bull Salzburg, then Southampton and now Liverpool.
Mane’s move to Liverpool in 2016 initially raised eyebrows at the high price tag, but he has arguably become the Reds’ most important attacking player, outscoring his teammates, and has Premier League and League trophies. champions to show by itself.
Club: Paris Saint-Germain
Neymar has long had mixed opinions, but the reality is that he remains by far the best and most accomplished Brazilian player of his generation and has a bulging trophy case that few others can improve on. He is also the most expensive player in history.
He has scored nearly one goal per game for Paris Saint-Germain since that € 222million transfer and has a reputation that precedes him, with his best perhaps yet to come.
Club: Manchester United
Marcus Rashford was only 23 in 2020 and has consistently improved every year of his career to date. The 2019/20 campaign was the first time he has scored more than 20 goals in a season and he is also physically preparing to become a superstar at the highest level.
Due to his age, Rashford will only get better and Manchester United are putting their hopes in the home star continuing to play the role of talisman on and off the pitch.
Even at 35, Cristiano Ronaldo is amazing. He’s unstoppable, stays in elite physical shape and continues to score goals at an incredible rate for club and country – he’s already the first European man to score a century of senior international goals.
Most players may be thinking about retirement, but Ronaldo, even 12 years after winning his first Ballon d’Or, is never satisfied. This will to succeed allows him to be always motivated to do more.
Club: Bayern Munich
Country: Bayern Munich
Leroy Sane conquered the Premier League, winning two stunning titles with Manchester City and winning the PFA Young Player of the Year award. Now he’s ready to make his mark at home in Germany after securing his dream transfer to Bayern Munich.
Sane will be 25 in 2021 and the peak of his career is still ahead of him, which means he should keep getting better and better and Bayern has essentially landed him for a steal.
Club: Tottenham Hotspur
Country: South Korea
He’s so humble he would never say it himself, but Son Heung-min is already comfortably the best footballer South Korea has ever produced, giving performances and reaching a level of importance at a great European club. that none of his compatriots ever had.
His son has been a revelation for Tottenham since he found his footing in 2016 and has contributed remarkably consistently, but he’s never been better than he is in 2020/21.
Club: Manchester City
Over the past four years, Raheem Sterling has successfully transitioned from a talented young player with potential to a hugely effective game changer, serial winner and superstar.
His consistency and decision making have progressed in leaps and bounds, making him one of the main reasons Manchester City have won back-to-back Premier League titles in 2018 and 2019, as they scored 30 goals in all competitions for the first time in 2019/20.
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