Footballing superstars don’t come any bigger than Argentina and Barcelona legend Lionel Messi. The diminutive footballing wizard is arguably the greatest player of all time, and has recently topped 400 goals for his club side, scored in a little over 7 years. Messi is a four time winner of the prestigious Ballon D’Or, recognising the world’s best player. His Barcelona side have been widely cited as the premier side in Europe over the past decade, a huge part of that down to the role of their mercurial Argentinian talisman, while his national side made the World Cup final in 2014.
Messi’s main rival is Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo. Having made his name at Manchester United, Ronaldo’s move to Real Madrid has seen him elevate his game to the highest possible level. Close to Messi in goalscoring feats, Ronaldo has inspired his side to various title successes and has been roundly praised for his pace, versatility and astonishing scoring record. Although he has made less of an impact for his country, Ronaldo is a major threat at both domestic and international level.
One of football’s most controversial stars, Luis Suarez has blossomed since his 100 million Euro move from Liverpool to Barcelona in the summer of 2014. The Uruguayan striker has courted controversy with antics on the field, but a move to the Catalan giants has seen him team up with Messi and rapidly become one of the world’s most dfeared strikers.