There are few games in the world that are as popular as soccer. We just witnessed some of the greatest goals and performances in this sport in the FIFA 2022 games recently, but we aren’t satiated yet! If you are a soccer fan yourself, then you need to look to the following players in the upcoming tournaments in 2023:
1. Lionel Messi
Messi’s name is so popular among soccer fans across the globe, that it’s become synonymous with the sport itself. When he helped Argentina win the 2022 World Cup, it was evident that he isn’t famous because of his name alone, but also because of his skills, mental strength, and fortitude.
Messi’s sportsmanship and skill set are on another level today, and there is also speculation about whether he will win the D’Or award again (he has already won 7 D’Or awards in his career). These are some of the reasons why his upcoming matches will be full of excitement and thrill!
2. Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo is 35 years old, playing in Italy for just about 2 years now. Still, he is generating some incredible numbers, which include his performances in the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Ronaldo has been Juventus’ top player and even won the Champions League in the past. That’s why all eyes are set on him to see how he performs in 2023. In other words, gear up and if you are placing sports bets in Italy Serie A, you know which player to track.
3. Karim Benzema
Benzema from Real Madrid has been largely overlooked by Madrid in the last couple of years. However, he has been quite dependable nonetheless and enjoyed one of the best seasons in his career towards the end of 2022.
Benzema scored 27 goals in the last season’s La Liga games. Additionally, he was behind four 20-goal seasons earlier along with several amazing assists that uphold his credibility. Needless to say, we all are looking forward to his performance in the coming year.
4. Robert Lewandowski
There are few soccer players today that are as in-form as Lewandowski. He is the pride of Poland and love of the football fans today as he boasts of a well-tuned portfolio of technical skills and pace. When he moves in the box, it’s just incredible to watch him do his thing.
Having scored over 340 goals in around 375 games that Robert has played in various competitions, including 41 strikes in just 29 games in 2020-2021, his future looks bright. We can’t wait to see more of him in 2023.
Neymar didn’t get to play since early March for a long time because of the decision taken by Ligue 1. Despite that, he still is one of the greatest players we have today, as in the last season, he scored 13 goals and also provided 6 amazing assists. All this gives us enough reason to look up to him next year.
The only reason why Neymar hasn’t won the Ballon d’Or is because of Ronaldo and Messi. A fair credit also goes to the injuries he got earlier that limited his visibility and opportunity. But does it mean he doesn’t deserve it? Of course, he does. It’s natural that he is going to blow our minds in the upcoming games!
6. Kylian Mbappé
Mbappe is already a World Cup winner and has an iconic goal attached to him which he scored in the final match. He is also a four-time Ligue 1 winner. Not all players can boast that.
Like Neymar, Mbappe’s carrier suffered a bit when he got injured earlier in the previous season. However, he still managed to score 18 goals and pulled off 7 assists in the 20 league games that he was a part of. It’s this perseverance and dedication of Mbappe that have made him a super footballer. Naturally, we can expect more incredible performances from him in 2023.
Like any sport, soccer has all kinds of superstars who have fan-following across the globe. These outstanding sportsmen gave us many memorable moments this year, and likely we will get many more in the time to come. We have shared the top soccer players on our list above. Which ones are you most excited about? Do let us know!