10 ) Gareth Bale
The Welsh speedster albiet his injury problems is still one of the best in the game. Having made his debut at Southampton as a left-back, Bale first made his name with Tottenham. After being asked to pushed further forward, Bale exploded to life. His dazzling runs made him a menace for the Premier league defenders. And then came the protracted move to Real Madrid, where Bale has now been for almost 6 years. The Welshman has enjoyed supreme success but has always been singled out for criticism when the team fails to perform. Among one of the few unknown facts about Bale is his full name, which is Gareth Frank Bale. Frank Bale happens to be Bale’s father, who used to be a school caretaker when Bale was born.
9) Luis Suarez
The Uruguayan is known as much for his goals as he is known for his pugnacious nature. Having bitten players and also involved in a racial scandal to almost leading Liverpool to their first title in two decades, Suarez has seen and done it all. A force of nature, Suarez has transformed into one of the very best at Barcelona. The big game player as he is, Luis Suarez’s full name is Luis Alberto Suarez Diaz. He gets Suarez from his father’s name while Diaz is his mother.
8) David De Gea
The Manchester United goalkeeper is easily one of the top 3 goalkeepers in the world. His magnificent saves have single handedly dragged United off the line. And just when you think that you’ve seen enough of the Spaniard, he comes with another masterclass performance. Having signed from Atletico, De Gea was ridiculed in his early Manchester United days but has persevered and became United’s player of the year for two seasons. His full name is David De Gea Quintana. Quintana is his maternal family name.
7) Mohammed Salah
The diminutive Egyptian’s stock has risen exponentially since moving to Anfield last summer. Perhaps nobody had forseen Salah scoring a massive 43 goals last season particularly when he wasn’t brought to do that. The Egyptian was brought to share the burden with Sadio Mane and he went on to outshine the Senegalese. Mo Salah,as he is now called, has a lot of fans around the world but few would be aware of his full name that is Mohammed Salah Ghaly.
6) Eden Hazard
The Chelsea talisman has set the world alight since joining the Blues from Lille back in 2013. Chased by many top clubs, it was Chelsea’s Champions league win in 2012 that convinced Hazard to join the Blues. Since then, he has won 2 Premier league titles but has been unfortunate with the tally of managers he has had to play under. Sarri is Chelsea’s 7th manager in Hazard’s six years at the club. The volatile nature of management at Stamford Bridge has hindered his progress to some extent. Eden Michael Hazard, which is his full name, nevertheless, continues to dazzle and amaze the football world with his trickery.
5) Paulo Dybala
Born in Italy, Dybala, who represents Argentina on the international stage, was granted his Italian citizenship early in 2012. His full name is Paulo Bruno ExequielDybala, which is an obscure fact. The little magician has drawn comparisons with the his fellow compatriot, Lionel Messi, thanks to his playing style. Dybala has been rising to prominence ever since he started playing for Palermo in 2012. He will be hoping to have a Champions league title to his cabinet having faced defeat in the final two years ago.
The most expensive player in the world is known for his lavish lifestyle. Apparently, Neymar brought his entire clan along when he decided to leave Barca in a blockbuster deal and they live with him. On the pitch, Neymar has been amazing as ever. He continues to delight everyone with his trickery; however, his recurring injuries is a cause for concern. Neymar da Silva Santos Junior is now reportedly in a race against time to feature against Manchester United later this month.
If there is one player who is tipped to overtake the mantle from Ronaldo and Messi, it is KylianMbappeLottin. The Frenchman has been sensational in the little time he has been playing. After a breakthrough season with Monaco, Mbappe joined PSG in a mega-deal. And if there were any qualms about his ability to take the leap, Mbappe has settled in seamlessly. He further impressed in the world cup becoming the youngest player to score in the world cup final.
2) Cristiano Ronaldo
A special player, Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, has achieved unprecedented success in his career. He has now won 5 Champions league titles and reached the apogee when he led Portugal to their first ever major honour. The Portuguese’s absence at Real Madrid is being felt every bit as Los Blancos look lost without their all-time leading goalscorer.
- Lionel Messi
Unarguably one of the finest player of not just his generation but all time, Lionel MessiCuccittini doesn’t seem to cease to amaze anytime soon. Every season and every passing game and Messi continues to surprise us all with his whimsical vision, dribbling and eye for goal. He looks regenerated again this season as Barca look to re-establish their foothold on the European stage.