Fans vote on third best footballer in world

Date published: Thursday 10th March 2016 3:01

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo: Who is the next best?

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo: Who is the next best?

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo certainly divide opinion when the argument on who the best footballer in ​the world is right now comes up.

In fact, just this week, ​BBC reported that a Nigerian man had stabbed his friend to death, the result of a heated debate over who was better. This argument may never be settled, so we’ve moved on to third place.

In a 90min poll asking football fans to vote who they think is the third best player in the world, over 68,000 supporters made their voice heard.

World's third best footballer

Luis Suarez of Barcelona received 45% of the votes, topping everyone else, but his team-mate Neymar came in quite close with 38%.

It was glaringly obvious that whoever won the vote would be a Barcelona player. The Catalan club have been on a rampage this season, tearing down everything in their path, led by the fiercest three-pronged attack in Messi, Suarez and Neymar.

Neymar earned a fair amount of the votes, but perhaps Suarez has done a bit more, having been around a little longer than the precocious Brazilian.

Suarez has scored a whopping 45 goals in as many appearances in all competitions (including FIFA Club World Cup, UEFA Supercup and Spanish Supercup) for Barcelona this season.

And despite making his first appearance for the club almost four months into last term – due to suspension –  the 29-year-old still managed 25 goals, winning the La Liga title, the Copa del Rey and the UEFA Champions League in the process.

The Uruguayan also came close to winning the Premier League title with former club Liverpool, but the Reds were edged by Manchester City.

He spent four seasons at Anfield, during which he bagged 82 goals in 126 appearances, also winning the Capital One Cup in 2012.

A speedy and technically gifted striker, Suarez is capable of hurting teams from anywhere. He is very versatile and can attack both centrally and from wide. The forward enjoys running at defences and is also quite fond of nutmegging opponents.

Neymar is also having a great season and will surely go on to be the best player in the world someday, but as long as Messi, Ronaldo and Suarez are kicking, he will have to settle for fourth best.

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By Kavan Flavius

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