100 Best Male Footballers 2019

Can you name the top international football players in the world in 2019 according to a panel of 239 judges organized by the Guardian?
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Last updated: December 31, 2019
First submittedDecember 23, 2019
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Club
Player
1
Barcelona
Lionel Messi
2
Liverpool
Virgil van Dijk
3
Liverpool
Sadio Mané
4
Juventus
Cristiano Ronaldo
5
Liverpool
Mohamed Salah
6
Paris Saint-Germain
Kylian Mbappé
7
Bayern Munich
Robert Lewandowski
8
Manchester City
Raheem Sterling
9
Liverpool
Alisson
10
Barcelona
Frenkie de Jong
11
Liverpool
Roberto Firmino
12
Manchester City
Kevin De Bruyne
13
Manchester City
Sergio Agüero
14
Real Madrid
Eden Hazard
15
Tottenham Hotspur
Harry Kane
16
Manchester City
Bernardo Silva
17
Liverpool
Trent Alexander-Arnold
18
Juventus
Matthijs de Ligt
19
Tottenham Hotspur
Son Heung-min
20
Real Madrid
Karim Benzema
21
Barcelona
Marc-André ter Stegen
22
Chelsea
N'Golo Kanté
23
Liverpool
Andrew Robertson
24
Atlético Madrid
Jan Oblak
25
Barcelona
Antoine Griezmann
26
Barcelona
Luis Suárez
27
Ajax
Dusan Tadic
28
Arsenal
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
29
Ajax
Hakim Ziyech
30
Napoli
Kalidou Koulibaly
31
Paris Saint-Germain
Neymar
32
Borussia Dortmund
Jadon Sancho
33
Ajax
Donny van de Beek
34
Liverpool
Fabinho
35
Atlético Madrid
João Félix
36
Real Madrid
Sergio Ramos
37
Bayern Munich
Joshua Kimmich
38
Bayern Munich
Serge Gnabry
39
Paris Saint-Germain
Ángel Di María
40
Manchester City
Ederson
41
Tottenham Hotspur
Christian Eriksen
42
Juventus
Paulo Dybala
43
Liverpool
Georginio Wijnaldum
44
Real Madrid
Toni Kroos
45
Real Madrid
Luka Modric
46
Manchester City
David Silva
47
Inter Milan
Lautaro Martínez
48
Leicester City
Jamie Vardy
49
Manchester City
Riyad Mahrez
50
Juventus
Miralem Pjanic
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Club
Player
51
Inter Milan
Romelu Lukaku
52
Flamengo
Gabriel Barbosa
53
RB Salzburg
Erling Braut Haaland
54
Manchester City
Aymeric Laporte
55
Manchester United
Paul Pogba
56
Paris Saint-Germain
Edinson Cavani
57
São Paulo FC
Dani Alves
58
Manchester City
Fernandinho
59
RB Leipzig
Timo Werner
60
Paris Saint-Germain
Mauro Icardi
61
Real Madrid
Casemiro
62
Chelsea
Jorginho
63
Lazio
Ciro Immobile
64
Atalanta
Duván Zapata
65
Barcelona
Jordi Alba
66
Flamengo
Bruno Henrique
67
Tottenham Hotspur
Lucas Moura
68
Paris Saint-Germain
Thiago Silva
69
Sporting
Bruno Fernandes
70
Juventus
Giorgio Chiellini
71
Paris Saint-Germain
Marquinhos
72
Manchester United
Marcus Rashford
73
Real Madrid
Raphaël Varane
74
Liverpool
Jordan Henderson
75
Manchester City
Gabriel Jesus
76
Lyon
Memphis Depay
77
Barcelona
Arthur
78
Napoli
Dries Mertens
79
Barcelona
Sergio Busquets
80
Borussia Dortmund
Marco Reus
81
Paris Saint-Germain
Marco Verratti
82
Barcelona
Gerard Piqué
83
Atlético Madrid
José María Giménez
84
Norwich City
Teemu Pukki
85
Inter Milan
Diego Godín
86
Bayer Leverkusen
Kai Havertz
87
Chelsea
Tammy Abraham
88
Tottenham Hotspur
Hugo Lloris
89
Tottenham Hotspur
Dele Alli
90
Borussia Dortmund
Achraf Hakimi
91
Manchester City
Leroy Sané
92
Grêmio
Everton
93
Manchester United
David de Gea
94
Sampdoria
Fabio Quagliarella
95
Paris Saint-Germain
Idrissa Gueye
96
LA Galaxy
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
97
Villarreal
Santi Cazorla
98
Inter Milan
Samir Handanovic
99
Arsenal
Alexandre Lacazette
100
Bayern Munich
Philippe Coutinho
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Level 88
Dec 23, 2019
Needs one more minute.
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Level 77
Dec 23, 2019
definitely needs more time
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Level 65
Dec 24, 2019
Still needs more time 100 answers is very hard in 8 minutes
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Level ∞
Dec 26, 2019
Added more time.
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Level 68
Dec 24, 2019
Yeah, needs A LOT more time. I'd suggest closer to 15 mins. Also there seems to be an issue with the answer for number 21. I typed his surname as one word (spelt correctly) and it wasn't accepted. Good quiz though.
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Level ∞
Dec 26, 2019
His surname is Son.
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Level 68
Dec 27, 2019
Eh number 21??? The Barcelona player. There's no "Son" in his name at all lol. I think you got my comment confused with another, or looked at the wrong number.
+2
Level 72
Dec 29, 2019
ter Stegen works fine for me
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Level 68
Dec 31, 2019
I assme QM has fixed it. Either that or not only can I not spell but I can't read my own typing/misspelling.
+1
Level 76
Dec 25, 2019
Pretty sure you've got clue and answer reversed by mistake for #92 (because Everton isn't a person). :)
+11
Level ∞
Dec 26, 2019
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Everton_Soares
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Level 76
Jan 1, 2020
Sorry for incorrect assumption. Funny that he's got that as a first name (to me, anyway).
+3
Level 37
Feb 10, 2020
Not knowing Everton is also a player I can forgive. Not knowing Grêmio is a team unforgivable.
+1
Level 52
Jul 22, 2020
Chill out
+1
Level 69
Dec 30, 2019
Confusing that sometimes it's Inter and other times it Internazionale. Thought you meant the Italian club and the Brazilian club
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Level ∞
Dec 30, 2019
Changed Inter to Inter Milan so there is no confusion.
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Level 54
Dec 31, 2019
why is it inter milan for godin but internazionale for lukaku, handanovic and martinez?
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Level ∞
Dec 31, 2019
Copied from the source data. Now made consistent.
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Level 79
Jan 6, 2020
I wonder what were thinking those 239 pundits...
Some players are OK in the place, some are off-place (personally, I think Lewy is a top 5 player, and Henderson is way better than 74).
But some are like "did you really watched them play? Or are you only going for the name?" picks: De Gea and Lloris had a low year, enough to knock them out of the list, yet they're there. Coutinho had an awful first half of the year, yet he's there. If Pukki is there, why players like Jiménez or Moutinho (both from a Europa League-bound Wolverhampton) aren't there?
And, to add insult: Zlatan. C'mon! MLS isn't really on the same page than at least the top 10 European leagues, yet he's there. Furthermore, if he's there, then Carlos Vela should've been too, as he had a much, much, much better season than Ibra.
I know this rant has nothing to do with the quiz, but I really had to vent it out.
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Level 55
Jan 7, 2020
I 100% agree with you about how poorly this list was compiled. I think Henderson deserves his place, he has shone at times but it seems 74th is a fair placement - I'll add some more though: KDB being in that position, when he's arguably only had a stellar couple of months, is just laughable; Wan-Bissaka not being on the list is just ridiculous, he's definitely the second best right-back in the league, probably better than TAA in a defensive sense; Oblak had a better 2019 than Ter Stegen, the former should be the highest rated goalkeeper on this list; Suarez should be positioned higher than Griezmann for sure just looking at their two positions; Kimmich and Gnabry should be rated higher - they have been more consistent than Neymar and Sancho; Sane doesn't deserve to be on here either; and neither does Alli.
+1
Level 70
Jan 7, 2020
Zlatan threw me, now that he's signed for AC Milan.
+1
Level 59
Jan 7, 2020
Damn, 15 years ago I would surely got 80+ for a similar one. Now barely 19, I have never heard of half of the names on the list.
+4
Level 50
Jan 7, 2020
You should accept Gabigol for Gabriel Barbosa, it's his nickname. I had him but didn't of using his full name...
+1
Level 52
Jan 8, 2020
agree
+2
Level 39
Jan 7, 2020
Henderson seriously
+2
Level 58
Jan 7, 2020
LOL this list is really amusing, even a few players in there that don't really "play" anymore.
+2
Level 44
Jan 8, 2020
Accept KDB for Kevin De Bruyne? Otherwise, a nice quiz!
+1
Level 60
Jan 8, 2020
Some I think could have made the list: Willian and Kepa Arrizabalaga from Chelsea, Alejandro Gomez and Josip Ilicic from Atalanta, Thomas Partey and Saul Niguez from Atletico Madrid, Gerard Moreno from Villareal, Martin Odegaard from Real Sociedad and Federico Chiesa from Fiorentina. Three young players I think will definitely be on this list soon: Jhon Sanchez from Independiente del Valle, Ferran Torres from Valencia, and Ansu Fahti from Barcelona.
+1
Level 60
Jan 8, 2020
Also Ignacio Fernandez of River Plate(Now Internacional, I think).
+4
Level 49
Feb 8, 2020
When the Everton player appears ahead of any players who play for Everton.
+1
Level 66
Feb 21, 2020
I disagree with any list that does not include Felipe Melo
+1
Level 56
Apr 15, 2020
same here, this list is quite inaccurate though
+3
Level 56
Apr 15, 2020
please accept lucas for lucas moura, as that is the name that he is known by
+1
Level 41
Apr 21, 2020
How do people miss depay?
+2
Level 52
Jul 22, 2020
Well the fact that Teemu Pukki is on this list instead of player like Saul Niguez and Thomas Partey already makes this list an abomination
+1
Level 56
Aug 3, 2020
Man, rashford is not even top 10 player at man utd ,
+1
Level 64
Aug 7, 2020
Are you out of your mind? He had more goal contributions than most players in the league this season (plus an injury stint).