Best Soccer Players in the World

Best Soccer Players in the World

The rules of soccer are very simple, basically it is this: if it moves, kick it. If it doesn’t move, kick it until it does. Phil Woosnam

Talent is not the only thing that drives these players towards their dream. But their dedication, willpower and honesty is what makes them stand out. You need many qualities to play soccer, like presence of mind, speed, strength and stamina, and lastly scoring goals.

You need only one thing and that is the love for the game, and all the above mentioned qualities will follow. This is what these players have and this is what has driven them towards their dreams. Pick your favorite from the following great names: (Edson Arantes do Nascimento)

Pele is a legend. He was 17 years old when he scored 6 goals in the 1958 World Cup and won his national team, Brazil its first title. He started playing at the age of 15 and played for Santos for quite some time. He started playing international matches at the age of 16 and became the star of the 1958 World Cup. Diego led his team to win the 1986 World Cup title, which earned him the World Player of the Year award. His talents knew no bounds as he started at the age of 15 and scored amazing 43 goals in 45 matches while playing for Argentinos Juniors. He stepped into the international team at 16, but later played in the World Cup. Though was known to be one of the controversial footballers with drug abuse and scandals following him, he will always be remembered for his single handed victory in the 1986 World Cup against the English.

Ronaldo Luis Nazario de Lima

Best known as simply Ronaldo, he was once known to be the best soccer player in the world. He was born in the slums of Rio in the year 1976. Ronaldo made his early debut with the nation team of Brazil and was known to be the most talented dribblers in the history of soccer. When he started playing, before he was 20, he made his team proud by helping them bag the second place in their 1998 first division title. He was then picked up by FC Barcelona and later by Inter, where he was severely injured. He was then transferred to Bordeaux, where he made his mark in Europe. He was then picked up by Juventus. He played as a dominating midfielder for Real Madrid and won a record $66 million contract. Zinedine then played for the French national squad and won the biggest tournaments in soccer: the 1998 World Cup and the 2000 European Championship.

Apart from the names mentioned above, there are many famous players today, who also have great stories attached to their names. Listing all of them is not easy as each one them has his individual credits, but to name a few, is an honor. So here are the names of players who have earned their names in this wonderful game of passion. (Ivory Coast/Chelsea)

With these familiar names in the soccer world, we leave it up to you to decide who among these is the best player. Take your pick as each one is them has made a mark on the soccer field.

Andreas Iniesta is the best in the world right now. He could give even the best strikers i the world a run for their money. Primarily a midfield player, he has the talent to run rings around any defense. His vision and finish is simply immaculate. Just went on to prove himself in the Fifa WorldCup 2010.

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FIFA calls 7 Costa Rica players for antidoping tests

FIFA calls 7 Costa Rica players for antidoping tests

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limit my search to /r/socceruse the following search parameters to narrow your results:see the search faq for details. The Armstrong scandal has damaged cycling hugely, and the UCI are lucky that they didn go under entirely.

It could be argued that prolific levels of doping cause a ticking time bomb in sports, that if you turn a blind eye, or even encourage doping (as the UCI did, especially with Lance) it will catch up eventually, and the sport could be ripped apart in the way cycling was.

But this is a tough decision to make at a top level. I am in no doubt that the governing bodies of all sports know that doping is occurring and they have the power to catch a good number of the cheats with a stringent anti doping testing policy, but nobody wants to shine lights in their dark closets.

What could happen though is WADA turn up and decide to do random testing of their own, perhaps in cohorts with a national sporting federation. The French for example take anti doping very seriously; I would not be shocked if during a French Open one year that they turn up in force and test everyone with the most sophisticated methods and heads would roll.

You would have to be extremely incompetent to test positive to a FIFA drugs test (which aren very stringent). The half life for most of the useful new drugs are measured in hours, and teams are told about some tests days in advanced (or months in advanced, since you know when you be playing in the world cup and that they only test post game). They also know they might be tested around matches, but contrary to popular belief most doping doesn actually happen during competition (it is all about improving training, improving recuperation and in football it is especially used to recover from injury (where players aren tested at all)).

Even when you take cycling, a sport with the most stringent testing routines in the world the Armstrong affair showed us how very stringent testing can be bypassed. The level of testing in football today is much less stringent than what Armstrong and other cyclists faced then.

Football has no biological passport program (where blood levels are measured over time, and what becomes a test is what is high for that player so no more bullshit excuses that you were born with naturally high blood oxygen levels, or high levels of testosterone), nor a whereabouts program where they have to report where they are every single day. Players can essentially go into hiding and avoid the random tests outside of competition (whereas cyclists have to report every movement they ever make and be prepared to to be tested anywhere. Armstrong was once tested three days in a row at his house in Aspen where he was altitude training (the most likely time a cyclist would dope), and he still didn test positive).

Further complicating things: FIFA are only responsible for testing during (and in the lead up) to their own tournaments: that means the World Cup and the confederations cup. UEFA are responsible for testing in the Champions League and local FA and national anti doping bodies responsible for leagues. What they didn forsee is that people following football essentially couldn give a shit. With the players, sponsors, FIFA, host nations, etc. there is a bit of a wink and a nudge. Nobody is going to rock the billion dollar boat. Suarez comes back from knee surgery and doesn play for a month but still tears apart England and there wasn a single mention of doping. Had that happen in cycling, baseball, or any other number of sports that is what all the headlines would have been but we don care, we get to watch great performances. We learned enough from the Fuentes case to know that the majority of his clients were footballers (Real Madrid and Barcelona), yet it is the handful of cyclists who are scapegoated while the names of footballers on the blood bags receive a court order to never ever be revealed.

But here is the biggest indication of how much FIFA really don care about doping: Brazil doesn actually have a WADA approved drug testing lab. All of these samples from before and during the World Cup are being sent back to Switzerland. That costs a lot (we talking hundreds of thousands of dollars per set test, as a guide), which means you do less tests, and the tests are a joke anyway. It is essentially unheard of that a major sporting event is hosted without an approved drug testing lab. For some reason FIFA and Brazil do it and no one really noticed or said anything.