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Top 10 Best Footballers Who Never Played In a World Cup

We are now presenting the top 10 best footballers who never played in a world cup.

10. Nicolas Anelka

His CV and his total transfer fees combined make it incredible that Anelka has yet to play at a World Cup. He made his debut prior to the 1998 World Cup but was not selected for the squad who went on to win the tournament. He fell out of favour with the French management between 2001 and 2007 therefore missing out on two more world cups. He signed for Arsenal (£500,000) in 1997 as a teenager and from there went on to play for Real Madrid (£22.3m), Paris St. Germain (£20m), Manchester City (£13m), Bolton Wanderers (£8m) and Chelsea (£15m), as well as a loan spell at Liverpool. His combined transfer fees make him one of the most expensive footballers of all time. However, he remains in contention to play at the 2010 World Cup should France qualify.

9. Matt Le Tissier

A combination of remaining loyal to his beloved Southampton and playing in a generation of great English strikers probably cost Le Tissier his chance to feature at a World Cup. England failed to qualify in 1994 but Le Tissier’s best chance was probably in 1998. His Southampton side were perennial strugglers in the Premier League, and the likes of Alan Shearer, Teddy Sheringham and Andrew Cole made sure Le Tissier was overlooked.

8. Johnny Giles

Giles played in the heart of midfield for a Leeds United side in the 1970’s, who were the Manchester United of their day. Despite playing 60 times for his country Giles failed to grace a World Cup as either a player or a manager.

7. Ian Rush

The second Welshman on the list, Rush made his name with Liverpool in the 80’s and 90’s but his quality alo saw him play abroad for the likes of Juventus. He had an impressive international record coring 28 goals in 73 games for Wales, and his proudest moment came when he scored the winner in a European Qualifier against Germany in 1991. Wales narrowly missed out on qualification for the 1992 European Championships, as they did for the 1982, 1986, 1990 and 1994 World Cups.

6. George Weah

Weah was voted African Player of the Year in 1989, 1994 and 1995 and European and World Footballer of the Year in 1995. Weah enjoed his best years in France with Monaco and Paris St. Germain, and in Italy with AC Milan between 1988 and 2000. Unfortunately, like Best and Giggs he came from Liberia, another footballing minnow who as yet have failed to make a World Cup.

5. Eric Cantona

Another Manchester United legend, Cantona made his France debut in 1987. However, he fell out with the French coach and failed to make the squad for the 1990 World Cup in Italy. In 1994 France sensationally failed to qualify and Cantona then retired in 1997, aged 31 to pursue a career as an actor. France won the World Cup in 1998 on home soil, but it is debateable as to whether or not Cantona would have featured.

4. Duncan Edwards

Duncan Edwards was considered one of the greatest of his generation. One of the Busby Babes Edwards was tragically killed in the Munich air disaster of 1958. He failed to play at a World Cup for England, but probably would have played for them in 1966, when they won the tournament for the one and only time in their history.

3. Ryan Giggs

Giggs makes no.3 on the list due to the length and consistency of his career. Giggs made his debut in 1991, and to this day remains with the same club Manchester United. During his time he has won 11 English Premierships and 2 European Cups. Giggs comes from Wales who have only ever qualified for 1 World Cup in 1958.

2. Alfredo Di Stefano

Alfredo-Di-Stefano 20180Di Stefano legend for Real Madrid at club level, Di Stefano mysteriously played for Argentina, Colombia and Spain at international level. Di Stefano was unfortunate to miss the World Cup with Argentina in 1950. In 1954 he was denied permission to play for Spain at the World Cup having represented both Argentina and Colombia. He was later granted permission to play for Spain but they missed the 1958 World Cup and in 1962 injury once again prevented him from playing on the worlds bigest stage. His failure to appear at a World Cup probably prevented him from being compared with Pele, Cruyff and Maradona as one of the greatest.

1 George Best

Best was not only the best player to never make a World Cup, but for many the greatest player of all time. Unfortunately for Best he was a native of Northern Ireland who are relative minnows of international football and haven’t qualified for a World Cup since 1986. Best enjoyed his best years at Manchester United, the highlight being a European Cup winners medal in 1968. However, Best was as well known for his scoring off the pitch as he was on it. After a series of personal problems he left Manchester United in 1974 for good, aged just 27. Despite playing for a number of other clubs Best never recaptured his finest form and failed to play for Northern Ireland at the 1982 or 1986 World Cup. Best died in 2005 following a long battle with alcoholism.

A Brief History Of Football⚽

Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players.

It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world’s most popular sport.

The game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end.

The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal.

Terms used in football

Kick-off:

following a goal by the opposing team, or to begin each period of play.

Throw-in

Ahen the ball has crossed the touchline; awarded to the opposing team to that which last touched the ball.

Goal kick

When the ball has wholly crossed the goal line without a goal having been scored and having last been touched by a player of the attacking team; awarded to defending team.

Corner kick

When the ball has wholly crossed the goal line without a goal having been scored and having last been touched by a player of the defending team; awarded to attacking team.

Indirect free kick

Awarded to the opposing team following “non-penal” fouls, certain technical infringements, or when play is stopped to caution or dismiss an opponent without a specific foul having occurred. A goal may not be scored directly (without the ball first touching another player) from an indirect free kick.

Direct free kick

Awarded to fouled team following certain listed “penal” fouls. A goal may be scored directly from a direct free kick.

Penalty kick

Awarded to the fouled team following a foul usually punishable by a direct free kick but that has occurred within their opponent’s penalty area.

Dropped-ball

Occurs when the referee has stopped play for any other reason, such as a serious injury to a player, interference by an external party, or a ball becoming defective.

Players are cautioned with a yellow card, and dismissed from the game with a red card.

These colours were first introduced at the 1970 FIFA World Cup and used consistently since.

The recognised international governing body of football (and associated games, such as futsal and beach soccer) is FIFA. The FIFA headquarters are located in Zürich, Switzerland.

Six regional confederations are associated with FIFA; these are:

Asia: Asian Football Confederation (AFC)

Africa: Confederation of African Football (CAF)

Europe: Union of European Football Associations (UEFA)

North/Central America & Caribbean: Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF)

Oceania: Oceania Football Confederation (OFC)

South America: Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol (South American Football Confederation; CONMEBOL)

A Brief History Of Football

According to FIFA, the Chinese competitive game cuju (蹴鞠, literally “kick ball”) is the earliest form of football for which there is evidence.

Cuju players could use any part of the body apart from hands and the intent was kicking a ball through an opening into a net. It was remarkably similar to modern football, though similarities to rugby occurred.

During the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD), cuju games were standardised and rules were established.

Phaininda and episkyros were Greek ball games.

An image of an episkyros player depicted in low relief on a vase at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens appears on the UEFA European Championship Cup.

Athenaeus, writing in 228 AD, referenced the Roman ball game harpastum. Phaininda, episkyros and harpastum were played involving hands and violence. They all appear to have resembled rugby football, wrestling and volleyball more than what is recognizable as modern football.

As with pre-codified “mob football”, the antecedent of all modern football codes, these three games involved more handling the ball than kicking. Other games included kemari in Japan and chuk-guk in Korea.

Association football in itself does not have a classical history. Notwithstanding any similarities to other ball games played around the world FIFA has recognised that no historical connection exists with any game played in antiquity outside Europe.

The modern rules of association football are based on the mid-19th century efforts to standardise the widely varying forms of football played in the public schools of England. The history of football in England dates back to at least the eighth century AD.

The Cambridge Rules, first drawn up at Cambridge University in 1848, were particularly influential in the development of subsequent codes, including association football.

The Cambridge Rules were written at Trinity College, Cambridge, at a meeting attended by representatives from Eton, Harrow, Rugby, Winchester and Shrewsbury schools.

They were not universally adopted. During the 1850s, many clubs unconnected to schools or universities were formed throughout the English-speaking world, to play various forms of football.

Some came up with their own distinct codes of rules, most notably the Sheffield Football Club, formed by former public school pupils in 1857, which led to formation of a Sheffield FA in 1867. In 1862, John Charles Thring of Uppingham School also devised an influential set of rules.

These ongoing efforts contributed to the formation of The Football Association (The FA) in 1863, which first met on the morning of 26 October 1863 at the Freemasons’ Tavern in Great Queen Street, London. The only school to be represented on this occasion was Charterhouse.

The Freemason’s Tavern was the setting for five more meetings between October and December, which eventually produced the first comprehensive set of rules.

At the final meeting, the first FA treasurer, the representative from Blackheath, withdrew his club from the FA over the removal of two draft rules at the previous meeting:

the first allowed for running with the ball in hand; the second for obstructing such a run by hacking (kicking an opponent in the shins), tripping and holding. Other English rugby clubs followed this lead and did not join the FA and instead in 1871 formed the Rugby Football Union.

The eleven remaining clubs, under the charge of Ebenezer Cobb Morley, went on to ratify the original thirteen laws of the game.

These rules included handling of the ball by “marks” and the lack of a crossbar, rules which made it remarkably similar to Victorian rules football being developed at that time in Australia.

The Sheffield FA played by its own rules until the 1870s with the FA absorbing some of its rules until there was little difference between the games.

The world’s oldest football competition is the FA Cup, which was founded by C.W. Alcock and has been contested by English teams since 1872.

The first official international football match also took place in 1872, between Scotland and England in Glasgow, again at the instigation of C.W. Alcock.

England is also home to the world’s first football league, which was founded in Birmingham in 1888 by Aston Villa director William McGregor.The original format contained 12 clubs from the Midlands and Northern England.

20 Interesting Facts About Chelsea (Even Chelsea Fans Might Not Know)

We all know the English club “Chelsea” but in this post, we will reveal 20 interesting facts about Chelsea:


1. Chelsea is owned by Russian billionaire; Roman Abramovich.
2. Chelsea are the sixth most valuable football club in the world, worth £2.13 billion ($2.576 billion),
3. In 1904, Gus Mears acquired the Stamford Bridge athletics stadium with the aim of turning it into a football ground.
4. Stamford Bridge was designed for the Mears family by the noted football architect Archibald Leitch, who had also designed Ibrox, Craven Cottage and Hampden Park.
5. They have the sixth highest average all-time attendance in English football.

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6. They won the FA Cup for the first time in 1970
7. The name Chelsea was chosen for the club; names like Kensington FC, Stamford Bridge FC and London FC were also considered.
8. Chelsea took their first European honour, a UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup triumph, with another replayed win, over Real Madrid in Athens.
9. In July 2003, Bates sold Chelsea to Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich for £140 million.
10. In 2012, Roberto Di Matteo led Chelsea to their first UEFA Champions League title, beating Bayern Munich 4–3 on penalties.


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11. Chelsea is the first london club to win the UEFA champions league title.
Frank Lampard is Chelsea’s all-time highest goalscorer.
12. Chelsea’s biggest winning scoreline in a competitive match is 13–0, achieved against Jeunesse Hautcharage in the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1971.
13. Chelsea’s biggest loss was an 8–1 reverse against Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1953.
14. Chelsea’s highest appearance-maker is ex-captain Ron Harris, who played in 795 competitive games for the club between 1961 and 1980.
15. The club’s biggest top-flight win was an 8–0 victory against Wigan Athletic in 2010, which was matched in 2012 against Aston Villa.


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16. The club’s 21–0 aggregate victory over Jeunesse Hautcharage in the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in 1971 is also a record in European competition.
17. From 20 March 2004 to 26 October 2008, Chelsea went a record 86 consecutive league matches at home without defeat, beating the previous record of 63 matches unbeaten set by Liverpool between 1978 and 1980.
18. Chelsea hold the English record for the fewest goals conceded during a league season (15).
19. Chelsea holds the highest number of clean sheets overall in a Premier League season (25).
20. Chelsea changed lots of logo till they got the current one, it was launched in 2005 and it is used till now.

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A Brief History Of Premier League

The Premier League is the top tier of England’s football pyramid, with 20 teams battling it out for the honour of being crowned English champions.
Home to some of the most famous clubs, players, managers and stadiums in world football, the Premier League is the most-watched league on the planet with one billion homes watching the action in 188 countries.

The league takes place between August and May and involves the teams playing each other home and away across the season, a total of 380 matches.
Three points are awarded for a win, one point for a draw and none for a defeat, with the team with the most points at the end of the season winning the Premier League title.
The teams that finish in the bottom three of the league table at the end of the campaign are relegated to the Championship, the second tier of English football.
Those teams are replaced by three clubs promoted from the Championship; the sides that finish in first and second place and the third via the end-of-season play-offs.

Manchester United have won the Premier League title 13 times
If any clubs finish with the same number of points, their position in the Premier League table is determined by goal difference, then the number of goals scored. If the teams still cannot be separated, they will be awarded the same position in the table.
Since the League began in 1992, there have been six different winners: Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Blackburn Rovers and Leicester City. Man Utd have had the most success with 13 titles in the 25 seasons so far.
Man City have the Premier League record for the biggest winning margin, when they finished 19 points ahead of second-placed Manchester United in 2017/18.
The narrowest winning margin of +8 goal difference came in 2011/12 when Sergio Aguero’s goal, deep into stoppage-time on the final day of the season, gave Man City the title in the most dramatic of Premier League finishes.

Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal are the only side to have gone the entire Premier League campaign unbeaten. That record season was set in 2003/04 when they won the title by 11 points from Chelsea. For more Premier League facts and figures, click here.
There have been three different Premier League champions in the last four years, with Leicester City capping off an incredible sporting story by winning the title in 2015/16.
The unlikely title triumph came a season after the Foxes avoided relegation by only six points.
Manchester City are the defending champions, having won their last 14 top-flight fixtures to finish just one point ahead of a Liverpool side who amassed 97 points in 2018/19.

Leicester City won the Premier League in the incredible 2015/16 campaign
A total of 49 clubs have played in the Premier League, with Brighton & Hove Albion and Huddersfield Town being the latest to make their debuts, in 2017/18.
Six clubs are ‘ever-present’, having been in the Premier League since it formed: Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.
The teams that finish in the top three of the Premier League qualify for the next season’s UEFA Champions League group stages, with the fourth-placed team entered into the UCL qualifying round.

A fifth-place Premier League finish will put a team into the UEFA Europa League but the next best-placed teams who have not qualified for Europe will also enter the competition should the winners of the FA Cup and/or League Cup finish in the top four.

Football Match Results (Aug 23 – Aug 26)

Premier League


– Aston Villa 2-0 Everton

– Norwich 2-3 Chelsea

– Brighton Hove Albion 0-2 Southampton

– Manchester United 1-2 Crystal Palace

– Sheffield United 1-2 Leicester City

– Watford 1-3 West Ham United 

– Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal

– AFC Bournemouth 1-3 Manchester City 

– Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 Newcastle United

– Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-1 Burnley
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La liga


-Granada 0-1 Sevilla

-Levante 2-1 Villarreal 

-Osasuna 0-0 Eibar

-Real Madrid 1-1 Real Valladolid 

-Getafe 1-1 Athletic Bilbao 

-Celta Vigo 1-0 Valencia 

-Deportivo Alaves 0-0 RCD Espanyol 

-Mallorca 0-1 Real Sociedad 

-Leganes 0 1 Atletico Madrid 

-Barcelona 5-2 Real Betis

Serie A


-Parma 0-1  Juventus 

-Fiorentina 3-4 Napoli 

-Udinese – Milan 1-0

-Roma – Genoa 3-3

-Cagliari – Brescia 0-1

-Torino – Sassuolo 2-1

-Verona – Bologna 1-1

-SPAL – Atalanta 2-3

-Sampdoria – Lazio 0-3

Ligue 1


-Dijon – Bordeaux 0-2

-Amiens – Nantes 1-2

-Angers – Metz 3-0

-Brest – Reims 1-0

-Monaco – Nimes 2-2

-Strasbourg Rennes 0-2

-Paris Saint-Germain  –  Toulouse 4-0

Bundesliga


– FC Köln – Borussia Dortmund 1-3

– Mainz 05 – Borussia Mönchengladbach 1-3

Augsburg 1. FC Union Berlin 1-1

– Fortuna Düsseldorf Bayer Leverkusen 1-3

– SC Paderborn 07 – Freiburg 1-3

– Hoffenheim – Werder Bremen 3-2

– Schalke 04 FC Bayern München 0-3

– RasenBallsport Leipzig – Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1

– Hertha BSC – Wolfsburg 0-3

Summary of the FIFA Women’s World Cup

The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup was the eighth edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, the quadrennial international football championship contested by 24 women’s national teams representing member associations of FIFA.

It took place between 7 June and 7 July 2019, with 52 matches staged in nine cities in France which was awarded the right to host the event in March 2015, the first time the country hosted the tournament. The tournament was the first Women’s World Cup to use the video assistant referee (VAR) system.

The Winner

The United States entered the competition as defending champions after winning the 2015 edition in Canada, and successfully defended their title with a 2–0 victory over the Netherlands in the final. In doing so, they secured their record fourth title and became the second nation, after Germany, to have successfully retained the title.

Qualified teams

A total of 24 teams qualified for the final tournament Each team’s FIFA Rankings in March 2019 are shown in parenthesis.

AFC (5 teams)

  • Australia (6)
  • China PR (16)
  • Japan (7)
  • South Korea (14)
  • Thailand (34)

CAF (3 teams)

  • Cameroon (46)
  • Nigeria (38)
  • South Africa (49) (debut)

CONCACAF (3 teams)

  • Canada (5)
  • Jamaica (53) (debut)
  • United States (1)

CONMEBOL (3 teams)

  • Argentina (37)
  • Brazil (10)
  • Chile (39) (debut)

OFC (1 team)

  • New Zealand (19)

UEFA (9 teams)

  • England (3)
  • France (hosts) (4)
  • Germany (2)
  • Italy (15)
  • Netherlands (8)
  • Norway (12)
  • Scotland (20) (Debut)
  • Spain (13)
  • Sweden (9)

Chile, Jamaica, Scotland, and South Africa made their Women’s World Cup debuts, while Italy took part in the event for the first time since 1999 and Argentina took part for the first time since 2007. Brazil, Germany, Japan, Nigeria, Norway, Sweden, and the United States qualified for their eighth World Cup, continuing their streak of qualifying for every World Cup held so far.

Summary of the FIFA Women’s World Cup

Final

7 July 2019
17:00
United States 2–0 Netherlands

Third place play-off

6 July 2019
17:00
England 1–2 Sweden

Semi-finals

2 July 2019
21:00
England 1–2 United States

3 July 2019
21:00
Netherlands 1–0 (a.e.t.) Sweden

Quarter-finals

27 June 2019
21:00
Norway 0–3 England

28 June 2019
21:00
France 1–2 United States

29 June 2019
15:00
Italy 0–2 Netherlands

29 June 2019
18:30
Germany 1–2 Sweden

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a Swedish professional footballer who plays as a forward for LA Galaxy. Primarily a striker, he is a prolific goalscorer, who is best known for his technique, creativity, strength, ability in the air, and his powerful and accurate striking ability. He is currently the third-most decorated active footballer in the world, having won 31 trophies in his career. He has scored over 500 senior career goals for club and country.

Full name
Zlatan Ibrahimović

Date of birth
3 October 1981 (age 37)

Place of birth
Malmö, Sweden

Height
1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)

Playing position
Striker

Current team
LA Galaxy

Number
9

Ibrahimović began his career at Malmö FF in the late 1990s, where consistent standout performances earned him a move to Ajax. At Ajax, Ibrahimović gained a reputation as one of the most promising forwards in Europe, and departed two years later to sign for Juventus.

He excelled in Serie A in a strike partnership with David Trezeguet, before joining domestic rivals Inter Milan in 2006, where he was named to the UEFA Team of the Year in both 2007 and 2009. In addition, Ibrahimović would finish as the league’s top scorer in 2008–09 and win three straight Scudetti. In the summer of 2009, he moved to Barcelona in one of the world’s most expensive transfers, before returning to Italy the following season, joining Milan in a deal that made him one of the highest-paid players in the world.

He won another Scudetto with Milan in the 2010–11 season, before joining Paris Saint-Germain in July 2012. During his four-season stay in France, Ibrahimović won four consecutive Ligue 1 titles, three Coupes de la Ligue, two Coupes de France and was the top scorer in Ligue 1 for three seasons. He was named in the FIFA World XI for 2013. In October 2015, he became PSG’s all time leading goalscorer, and finished his PSG career with 156 goals in 180 competitive matches. After a brief stint with Manchester United, where he captured the UEFA Europa League and two domestic trophies, Ibrahimović joined LA Galaxy in 2018.

Ibrahimović is one of ten players to have made 100 or more appearances for the Swedish national team, over a 15-year international career. He is the country’s all-time leading goalscorer with 62 goals. He represented Sweden at the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cups, as well as the 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016 UEFA European Championships. He has been awarded Guldbollen (the Golden Ball), given to the Swedish player of the year, a record 11 times, including 10 consecutive times from 2007 to 2016.

With his playing style and acrobatic finishing compared to Dutch retired striker Marco van Basten, Ibrahimović is widely regarded as one of the best strikers in the game and one of the best footballers of his generation. His bicycle kick goal for Sweden against England won the 2013 FIFA Puskás Award for Goal of the Year.

Off the field, he is known for his brash persona and outspoken comments, in addition to referring to himself in the third person. In December 2013, Ibrahimović was ranked by The Guardian as the third-best player in the world, behind only Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

In December 2014, Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter named him the second-greatest Swedish sportsperson ever, after tennis player Björn Borg.

4 football players who have never received a red card

4 football players who have never received a red card

Discipline has always played an important role. Be it on the football pitch, or off it, football is considered one of the most passionate games in the world, and in the midst of it being an extremely fortified sport, it comes with the kind of drawbacks that a player cannot think of. A contact sport, football offers more injuries than any other team sport can ever garner.

We have seen the likes of Luis Suarez and Sergio Ramos, who have had their fair share in terms of getting the biggest punishment on the pitch. The disciplinary factor always plays an important role in a footballer’s career.

However, there are always the ‘chosen ones’, as we like to call them, who have never really done anything to be victimised by a referee, or have not said anything unusual to anybody. These lads have never been red carded, suspended or sidelined due to any kind of unethical disciplinary behaviour, as all they have done is play the beautiful game.

Here are our 4 picks for some of the biggest names in the sport’s history, who have never received a red card by any means.

4 Joao Moutinho – WolverhamptonWith 47 yellow cards, Moutinho has never faced a red

Often considered as one of the most underrated midfielders in the world, Moutinho was one of the major reasons behind Portugal’s UEFA Euro success back in 2016. He spent most of his career playing for teams like AS Monaco and Sporting CP and was never really a problem for the referees on the pitch or for the opposition.

With a total of 47 yellow cards, playing for multiple teams, the Wolverhampton midfielder surprisingly has never fallen prey to a referee’s red card. Strange as it is, Moutinho has never had any sort of disciplinary issues, as the number of yellow cards the Portuguese maestro has picked is all due to his position being extremely demanding.

3 Karim Benzema – Real MadridThe Frenchmen has had a picture perfect disciplinary record
One of the most decorated strikers in the world, Benzema has had several accolades registered in his trophy cabinet, both individually and for his very own team. With a little over 400 appearances for the current Real Madrid side, the Frenchmen has had a splendid career in terms of being one of the most consistent goal scorers of the modern era.

His personal life might just be filled with a lot of controversies, but his tenure on the football field has only been about scoring goals and playing good football. With only 8 yellow cards and no red cards at all, Benzema has been one of the most disciplined players in Real Madrid’s squad. The Frenchmen’s calm composure has had us all wondering, as his position as a striker is more challenging than ever.

2 Raul Gonzalez

The Spanish legend has never earned a Red Card
Regarded as one of the greatest Spanish players of all time, Raul is a culmination of everything. A world-class goalscorer, a true leader and record setter by all means. A footballer filled with experience, Raul was the so-called ‘calm one’ on the pitch. Resilient as he was, the former Spanish International was always seen shying away from chaotic situations on or off the pitch.

A humble human being, the Spaniard had no disciplinary issues in his 17-year career, having held the distinction of receiving no red-cards at all. Disciplined as he was, multiple football players and managers did try to provoke the Spaniard, but maintaining his composure and calmness, Raul walked out of all those situations.

1 Andres Iniesta – Vissel KobeWith over 800 appearances for Barcelona, Iniesta had no red cards
One of the greatest midfielders of all time, Iniesta along with his former teammate Xavi Hernandez has been one of the pioneers in developing the ‘golden generation’ of Barcelona’s dominance.

With 4 Champions League titles in a decade and almost 32 major trophies, Iniesta has been the most consistent and agile player Barcelona has ever produced.

An extremely humble personality both on and off the pitch, the Spaniard has never seen a single disciplinary consequence, receiving only a handful of yellow cards, and with over 750 appearances for his former club, the former World Cup winner has never been sent off as a result of a red card

The Spanish International’s record as an extremely clean footballer goes without saying, as he was liked by both the opposition and match officials.
Giggs’ discipline had been his weapon
Giggs has had the second most number of appearances in the Premier League history, with a staggering number of almost 620 matches, the Welshmen is one of the most celebrated and decorated footballers in the history of Manchester United.

A leader, supporter and the pivot for his side, Giggs is one of the football players who has had more accolades than most of the players in his generation. With over 24 years playing as a professional footballer, the former Manchester United maestro never saw a single red-card in his splendid career for the club.

An extremely talented henchman, Giggs’ disciplinary factor had been one of his weapons when it came to winning titles for his team.

However, he did get sent off once in a outing for the Welsh national team as he received two yellow cards.

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Real Madrid hunts for Chelsea star Eden Hazard

Real Madrid begin house hunting for Chelsea star Eden Hazard .

Real Madrid are very confident in signing Eden Hazard this summer. Los Blancos’ chiefs have reportedly began house hunting for the Belgian in Spain

Hazard has scored 16 goals in 32 Premier League games this season for Chelsea Spanish giants Real Madrid have reportedly began house hunting for Chelsea star Eden Hazard as they are confident of signing the Belgian this summer in a mega deal.

Since the return of Zinedine Zidane to Real Madrid, the Frenchman is said to be so interested in luring Eden Hazard to the Bernabeu for him to be part of his squad for next season.

Eden Hazard’s brace against West Ham United on Monday night, April 8, is reported to have increased Real Madrid’s desire to sign the 28-year-old.

Sources in Spain claim talks are so advanced that Real Madrid’s main target is house-hunting in the posh suburb of Pozuelo according to UK Sun.

Top Ten Richest Footballers In The World

Who are the richest footballers in the world? Guessing! Here are the top 10 richest Footballers in the world:
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1. Cristiano Ronaldo – $450 million

The new superstar of the Italian club Juventus is the most influential athlete on the planet. His Instagram account has over 144 million followers, and billions of eyes from all over the world wish to know everything about his personal life as well as football career. Being the richest footballer in the world in 2018, Cristiano Ronaldo is also one of the top-paid players. For example, he earned over 100 million U.S. dollars in 2017, and this is more than 1/5 of his total net worth.
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2. David Beckham – $450 million

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Even though this player is a retired footballer, he is still one of the top 20 richest footballers. His net worth is around 450 million U.S. dollars, according to celebritynetworth.com and many other sources. His 20-year-old career was over 5 years ago, and he is still interested in the game. It is believed that he would be one of the owner of the new Inter Miami CF football club in 2020.

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3. Lionel Messi – $400 million

Even though this year this impressive footballer has topped the Forbes list of the highest paid players in the world, he places third when it comes to the estimated net worth and the richest footballer on the planet. According to time.com, his net worth is about 400 million U.S. dollars which is still very incredible. The captain of Barcelona is extremely rich and famous.
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4. Dave Whelan – $220 million

Even if you are a former footballer, you are still remembered as a good player. Dave Whelan, just like David Beckham, has retired and no longer appears on the field. Still, he is rich and can be called one of the top 20 richest footballers in the world. According to alux.com, the 81-year-old man boasts an impressive net worth of about 220 million U.S. dollars.
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5. Zlatan Ibrahimovic – $190 million

This Swedish man plays for LA Galaxy. He has been an awesome striker and is now a forward who is very creative, highly professional, pretty powerful, and extremely rich. Based on data shared by celebritynetworth.com, his net worth has reached 190 million U.S. dollars.
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6. Neymar – $185 million

The Brazilian footballer and PSG player is always impressive on the field. Neymar is a winner of numerous personal prizes and awards, and no matter what team he plays for, he is always a good forward. According to thestreet.com, his estimated net worth is about 185 million U.S. dollars.
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7. Wayne Rooney – $160 million

The player of D.C. United is a famous forward who has won many amazing trophies, including FIFA Club World Cup, Premier League, FA Cup, and many other awards. He is on the list of Forbes top 100 highest paid athletes in 2018. According to dailymail.co.uk, his estimated net worth reaches 160 million U.S. dollarsdollars.
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8. Alexandre Pato – $145 million

This footballer from Brazil is an amazing forward. He currently plays a popular Chinese club called Tianjin Quanjian. The famous man used to play for Chelsea, Milan, and many other professional squads. Based on the data provided by therichest.com, his current net worth is around 145 million U.S. dollars.
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9. Gareth Bale – $125 million

The popularity and wealth of the Welsh footballer who plays for Real Madrid are growing. By the way, Gareth Bale is currently the highest scorer in his country, and he is very rich. According to celebritynetworth.com, his current net worth is approximately 125 million U.S. dollars.
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10. Ronaldinho – more than $100 million

This is another former footballer who is still respected by millions, remembered, honoured, and rich. Ronaldinho used to play for many clubs, including Milan, Barcelona, Fluminense, and others. He is a winner of two prestigious FIFA World Player of the Year awards. According to goal.com, the player’s net worth is about 103-129 million dollarsdollars

Paul Pogba

Full name
Paul Labile Pogba

Date of birth
15 March 1993

Place of birth
Lagny-sur-Marne, France

Height
1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)

Playing position
Midfielder

Current team
Manchester United

Number
6

Paul Pogba is a French professional footballer who plays for Premier League club Manchester United and the French national team. He operates primarily as a central midfielder, but can also be deployed as an attacking midfielder, defensive midfielder, and deep-lying playmaker.

Born in Lagny-sur-Marne, Pogba showed much promise as a youngster, flourishing as a member of local youth teams. He eventually joined the youth team of Ligue 1 side Le Havre, before a protracted transfer brought him to Manchester United in 2009.

After beginning his senior career with Manchester United two years later, limited appearances persuaded him to depart to join Italian side Juventus on a free transfer in 2012, where he helped the club to four consecutive Serie A titles, as well as two Coppa Italia and two Supercoppa Italiana titles.

During his time in Italy, Pogba further established himself as one of the most promising young players in the world, and received the Golden Boy award in 2013, followed by the Bravo Award in 2014. In 2016, Pogba was named to the 2015 UEFA Team of the Year, as well as the 2015 FIFA FIFPro World XI, after helping Juventus to the 2015 UEFA Champions League Final, their first in 12 years.

Pogba’s performances at Juventus allowed him to return to Manchester United in 2016 for a then-world record transfer fee of €105 million (£89.3 million).

The fee paid for him remains the highest paid by an English club. In his first season back, he won the League Cup and the Europa League.

Internationally, he captained France to victory at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup and took home the award for the Best Player for his performances during the tournament.

He made his debut for the senior team a year later, and featured prominently at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, where he was awarded the Best Young Player Award for his performances.

He later represented his nation at UEFA Euro 2016 on home soil, where he finished as a runner-up, before winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup after scoring in the final.

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Kylian Mbappe

Kylian Mbappe is a French professional footballer who plays as a forward for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain and the France national team.

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Mbappé came into prominence at an early age, starring for the youth academy at Bondy before gaining a mov\ne to Monaco, where he made his professional debut in 2015, aged 16.

Mbappé then quickly established himself as a regular goalscorer for the first team in the 2016–17 season, as he helped the club gain their first Ligue 1 title in seventeen years.

A year later, he transferred to Paris Saint-Germain for €180 million, making him the most expensive teenager, and the world’s second-most expensive player. In his debut season in the French capital, Mbappé featured heavily as the club captured a domestic treble of Ligue 1, Coupe de France, and Coupe de la Ligue.

Mbappé made his senior debut for France in 2017. At the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Mbappé became the youngest French player to score at a World Cup, and became the second teenager, after Pelé, to score in a World Cup Final. He finished as the joint second-highest goalscorer as France won the tournament, and received the Best Young Player Award for his performances.

Diego Maradona

Full name
Diego Armando Maradona

Date of birth
30 October 1960

Place of birth
Lanús, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Height
1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)

Playing position
Attacking midfielder
Second striker

Current team
Dorados (manager)

Diego Maradona, an Argentine retired professional footballer and current manager of Mexican second division club Dorados. Many in the sport, including football writers, players, and fans, regard him as the greatest football player of all time. He was joint FIFA Player of the 20th Century with Pelé.

Maradona’s vision, passing, ball control and dribbling skills was combined with his small stature (1.65 m or 5 ft 5 in), giving him a low center of gravity which allowed him to maneuver better than most other football players; he would often dribble past multiple opposing players on a run.

His presence and leadership on the field had a great effect on his team’s general performance, while he would often be singled out by the opposition.

A precocious talent, Maradona was given the nickname “El Pibe de Oro” (“The Golden Boy”), a name that stuck with him throughout his career.

Clubs played for during his senior career

Argentinos Juniors
Boca Juniors
Barcelona
Napoli
Sevilla
Newell’s Old Boys
Boca Juniors