Pace, dribbling and crossing, these are just a few skills a winger must have to make it right to the top. Here are my choices for the five best wingers in world football...
5. Neymar – Barcelona
With fantastic dribbling, a great shot and very fast footwork, Neymar is possibly the most promising player in the world.
Snapped up by Barcelona this summer for £48 million, Neymar is arguably the most skilful player in the world. The main player for Brazil in this summer’s Confederations Cup, Neymar will hope to hit the ground running in Europe.
4. Marco Reus – Borussia Dortmund
At the age of 24, Reus has been a late developer, only re-signing for his youth team Dortmund last year, but the German winger has made an instant impact.
Signing for Dortmund’s full-youth team at only seven, Reus then spent ten years there, before being released after never graduating from their youth team. After that, he signed for German minnows Rot Weiss Ahlen. After impressing there, he signed for Bundesliga outfit Borussia Monchengladbach. Now back at Dortmund, with four years left on his contract, Reus is quickly establishing himself as one of the most dangerous players in the world.
3. Arjen Robben – Bayern Munich
The scorer of the winning goal in last season’s Champions League final, Robben frightens left-backs around the world.
A vital component in Bayern Munich’s first 11, Robben didn’t succeed at Chelsea or Real Madrid but has flourished at Bayern. Will he fit into Pep Guardiola’s plans? We are yet to see.
2. Franck Ribery – Bayern Munich
Another fantastic winger to play in the Bundesliga, Franck Ribery is possibly the best player in the German top flight.
With wonderful ball control, great footwork and blistering pace, Ribery makes the best defenders in the world look like schoolboys.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid
The second-best player in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo is without a doubt the best winger in the world.
With a goalscoring record that would make almost every striker in the world jealous, Ronaldo is a huge goal threat. Could Ronaldo make the move back to the Premier League? Manchester United fans will hope so.
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