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Everything you need to know about what makes the best players in the world so special. This is a database of some of the game's magicians with news, bios, stats, achievements and background on the teams they play for.

David Villa
Atletico Madrid striker David Villa has few visible weaknesses. He is quick, skilful and capable of tap-ins or spectacular goals from outside the area.

Greatest Soccer Players of all Time
Ten of the greatest soccer players of all time.

Highest Paid Soccer Players - 2013
A list of the world's highest paid soccer players, according to Forbes.

Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo
A comparison of the two best players in the world: Messi vs Ronaldo.

Best Bundesliga Players
German soccer is going from strength-to-strength and is the picture of health. The stadiums are full and the soccer is exciting. Here is a list of 10 of the best Bundesliga players.


Best Soccer Players in the World

A look at 10 of the best players in the world.

George Best Profile
A profile of Northern Ireland's greatest ever player - George Best.

Romelu Lukaku Profile
Romelu Lukaku Profile - A Look At The Career of Chelsea Striker Romelu Lukaku

Eden Hazard Profile
Eden Hazard Profile - A Look At The Career of Chelsea winger Eden Hazard

Ten of the Best Arsenal Players
A look at 10 of the best Arsenal players to have donned the famous red and white shirt.

2012/13 Spanish La Liga January Transfers
A run down of the La Liga transfers Spaish clubs made in January 2013.

2012/13 Italian Serie A January Transfers
A run down of the Serie A transfers Italian clubs made in January 2013.

2012/13 January Transfers in England
A run down of the Premier League transfers English clubs have made in January 2013.

Theo Walcott Profile
Theo Walcott Profile - A Look At The Career of Arsenal winger Theo Walcott

Lionel Messi vs Real Madrid
A look at the goals Lionel Messi has scored against Real Madrid.

Karim Benzema Profile
Karim Benzema Profile - A Look At The Career of Real Madrid Striker Karim Benzema

Gianluigi Buffon Profile
Gianluigi Buffon Profile - A Look At The Career of Juventus Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon

Five Players Heralded As 'The New Maradona'
When a young Argentine attacker has shown early promise, there has been a tendency among the media to label him ‘the new Maradona’, after the great Diego. Here is a look at five players who have been burdened with that lofty title.

Who Is Lionel Messi?
Who is Lionel Messi? Learn all about Messi, the best soccer player in the world.

Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale Profile - A look At The career of Tottenham Hotspur Winger Gareth Bale.

2011/12 Winter Transfers in Italy
A run down of the 2012 Italian Serie A Transfers in January.

2011/12 Winter Transfers in Spain
A run down of the 2012 Spanish Liga Transfers in January.

2011/12 Winter Transfers in England
A run down of the 2012 English Premier League Transfers in January.

Iker Casillas
Iker Casillas Profile - A Look At The Career of Real Madrid Goalkeeper Iker Casillas

Michael Ballack Profile
Michael Ballack Profile - A Look At The Career of Bayer Leverkusen Midfielder Michael Ballack

The 10 Most Expensive Transfers in History
A run-down of the 10 most expensive transfers in soccer history.

Best Free Kick Takers
A look at 10 of the best free kick takers in world soccer.

The 'Golden Bin' Award
The 'Golden Bin' is an award given to the worst player in Serie A each year.

Jean Marie Dongou
A profile of young Barcelona striker Jean Marie Dongou.

Javier Pastore
Javier Pastore Profile - A Look At The Career of Paris Saint-Germain playmaker Javier Pastore.

Nani
Nani Profile - A Look At The Career of Manchester United Winger Nani

Ten of the Best Playmakers in the World
Best playmakers - A look at 10 of the world's best playmakers.

Paulo Henrique Ganso
Paulo Henrique Ganso Profile - A Look At The Career of Santos Midfielder Paulo Henrique Ganso

Frank Lampard
Frank Lampard Profile - A Look At The Career of Chelsea Midfielder Frank Lampard

Josh McEachran
Josh McEachran profile, including cuurent club, previous clubs and honors.

Nicolas Anelka
Nicolas Anelka profile, including cuurent club, previous clubs and honors.

Alex
Alex profile, including cuurent club, previous clubs and honors.

Salamon Kalou
Salamon Kalou profile, including cuurent club, previous clubs and honors.

Jose Bosingwa
Florent Malouda profile, including cuurent club, previous clubs and honors.

Florent Malouda
Florent Malouda profile, including cuurent club, previous clubs and honors.

Jon Obi Mikel
Jon Obi Mikel profile, including cuurent club, previous clubs and honors.

Yossi Benayoun
Yossi Benayoun profile, including cuurent club, previous clubs and honors.

Ramires
Ramires profile, including cuurent club, previous clubs and honors.

David Luiz
David Luiz profile, including cuurent club, previous clubs and honors.

Ashley Cole
Ashley Cole profile, including cuurent club, previous clubs and honors.

Branislav Ivanovic
Branislav Ivanovic profile, including cuurent club, previous clubs and honors.

Petr Cech
Petr Cech profile, including cuurent club, previous clubs and honors.

2011/12 Summer Transfers in Germany
A run down of the transfers German clubs have made in summer 2011.

2011/12 Summer Transfers in Italy
A run down of which players Italian clubs have been signing in the 2011 summer transfer window.

2011/12 Summer Transfers in Spain
A run down of which players Spanish clubs have been signing in the 2011 summer transfer window.

2011/12 Summer Transfers in England
A run down of the Premier League transfers English clubs have made in summer 2011.

Sergio Aguero
A look at the career of Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero.

Antonio Valencia
Profile of the Manchester United midfielder.

Radamel Falcao
A look at the career of Porto striker Radamel Falcao

Alexis Sanchez
Profile of the Udinese attacker.

Best Young Strikers in the World
A look at five of the best young strikers in the world.

Neymar
The bright young hope of Brazilian soccer.

Brazil 2011 Copa America Squad
A look at the Brazil Copa America Squad for the 2011 finals

Wojciech Szczesny
Profile of the Arsenal goalkeeper

Best African Players
A look at 10 of the Best African Players.

Emmanuel Frimpong
Profile of the Arsenal midfielder.

Marouane Chamakh
Profile of the Arsenal striker.

Kieran Gibbs
Profile of the Arsenal defender.

Emmanuel Eboue
Profile of the Arsenal defender.

Andrey Arshavin
Profile of the Arsenal midfielder

Gael Clichy
Profile of the Arsenal defender.

Lukasz Fabianski
Profile of the Arsenal goalkeeper.

Johan Djourou
Profile of the Arsenal defender.

Sébastien Squillaci
Profile of the Arsenal defender.

Alex Song
Profile of the Arsenal midfielder.

Aaron Ramsey
Profile of the Arsenal midfielder

Tomas Rosicky
Profile of the Arsenal midfielder.

Laurent Koscielny
Profile of the Arsenal defender.

Thomas Vermaelen
Profile of the Arsenal defender.

Bacary Sagna
Profile of the Arsenal defender

Abou Diaby
Profile of the Arsenal midfielder.

Manuel Almunia
Profile of the Arsenal goalkeeper.

Ten of the Best Barcelona Players
A look at 10 of the best Barcelona players to have donned the famous blaugrana shirt.

Anders Lindegaard
Profile of the Manchester United goalkeeper.

Bebe
Profile of the Manchester United midfielder.

Tomasz Kuszczak
Profile of the Manchester United goalkeeper.

Darron Gibson
Profile of the Manchester United midfielder.

Gabriel Obertan
Profile of the Manchester United midfielder.

Darren Fletcher
Profile of the Manchester United midfielder.

Jonny Evans
Profile of the Manchester United defender.

John O'Shea
Profile of the Manchester United defender

Rafael da Silva
Profile of the Manchester United defender.

Fabio da Silva
Profile of the Manchester United defender.

Paul Scholes
Profile of the Manchester United midfielder.

Michael Carrick
Profile of the Manchester United midfielder.

Nemanja Vidic
Profile of the Manchester United defender.

Park Ji-Sung
Profile of the Manchester United midfielder.

Chris Smalling
Profile of the Manchester United defender.

Rio Ferdinand
Profile of the Manchester United defender.

Ryan Giggs
Profile of the Manchester United midfielder.

Dimitar Berbatov
Profile of the Manchester United striker.

Anderson
Profile of the Manchester United midfielder.

Michael Owen
Profile of the Manchester United striker.

Wes Brown
Profile of the Manchester United defender.

Owen Hargreaves
Profile of the Manchester United midfielder.

Patrice Evra
Profile of the Manchester United defender.

Edwin van der Sar
Profile of the Manchester United goalkeeper.

Jerzy Dudek
Profile of the Real Madrid goalkeeper.

Sami Khedira
Profile of the Real Madrid midfielder.

Angel Di Maria
Profile of the Real Madrid midfielder.

Pedro Leon
Profile of the Real Madrid midfielder.

Ezequiel Garay
Profile of the Real Madrid defender.

Raul Albiol
Profile of the Real Madrid defender.

Alvaro Arbeloa
Profile of the Real Madrid defender.

Sergio Canales
Profile of the Real Madrid midfielder.

Xabi Alonso
Profile of the Real Madrid midfielder.

Marcelo
Profile of the Real Madrid defender.

Esteban Granero
Profile of the Real Madrid midfielder.

Karim Benzema
Profile of the Real Madrid striker.

Fernando Gago
Profile of the Real Madrid midfielder.

Emmanuel Adebayor
Profile of the Real Madrid striker.

Ricardo Carvalho
Profile of the Real Madrid defender.

Sergio Ramos
Profile of the Real Madrid defender

Highest Paid Players
A look at the 10 highest paid soccer players in the world.

Mario Balotelli
Profile of the Manchester City striker.

Best Young Midfielders
A look at five of the best young midfielders in world soccer.

Demba Ba Profile
Demba Ba - Profile of Newcastle Soccer Player Demba Ba

Cristiano Ronaldo Profile
Profile of Real Madrid soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo

Andy Carroll
Andy Carroll - A Look At The Career of Liverpool Striker Andy Carroll.

Soccer Transfer Rumors
Discover which players may be going where in the soccer transfer rumors section.

Player Profiles
These player profiles contain information about some of soccer's biggest stars.

Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez - A Look At The Career of Liverpool Striker Luis Suarez.

2013 MLS Wages
The top 20 highest earners in Major League Soccer in 2013.

Samir Nasri
Samir Nasri - A look at the career of Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri.

Ten of the Best Players in the Premier League

A look at 10 of the best Premier League players.

Premier League Top Scorers

The top goalscorers in the 2010-11 Premier League.

Galácticos
A look at Florentino Perez's policy of signing galacticos for Real Madrid.

Lionel Messi Videos - Five of the Best Lionel Messi Videos

These five Lionel Messi videos not only contain his first 150 goals in a Barcelona shirt, but exhibit his vast repertoire of skills both inside and outside the area. There is also a video comparing his game to that of Cristiano Ronaldo, while some of his best moments in an Argentina shirt are also on parade.

Xavi Hernandez
Xavi Profile - A look at the career of Barcelona midfielder Xavi

Ten of the Best Full Backs in the World

A look at 10 of the best full backs in the world.

Antonio Cassano
Antonio Cassano - A look at the career of Sampdoria striker Antonio Cassano.

Andres Iniesta
Andres Iniesta profile - A look at the career of Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta.

Mesut Ozil
Keen students of Germany's Bundesliga would have been aware of Mesut Ozil's vast potential long before his eye-catching World Cup performances.

Ten of the Best Players in Serie A
A look at 10 of the best players in Serie A.

Coutinho
Coutinho - A look at the career of Inter Milan midfielder Coutinho.

Ten of the Best Wingers in the World
A look at 10 of the world's best wingers.

Gonzalo Higuain
Gonzalo Higuain was the subject of a tug-of-war between France and Argentina as a teenager, and it is easy to see why.

Ten of the Best Real Madrid Players
A look at 10 of the best players to have donned the famous Real Madrid shirt.

Wesley Sneijder
Persistence is the reason Wesley Sneijder ended up at Inter Milan.

Maicon
Marauding Inter Milan defender Maicon is a 'right-back' in the loosest possible sense.

Franck Ribery
Franck Ribery was something of a late developer on the world scene, only receiving genuine acclaim after joining Marseille in 2005.

Ten of the Best Young Players in Europe
A look at 10 of the best young players currently plying their trade in Europe.

Robin van Persie
Many at Arsenal saw Robin van Persie as the long-term replacement for the great Dennis Bergkamp when he signed from Feyenoord in 2004.

Legends: Zinedine Zidane
Zinedine Zidane's actions on the pitch often conflicted with his serene character. Prone to moments of rage - not least his infamous head-butt on Marco Materazzi at the 2006 World Cup - Zidane will be remembered for the sublime and the ridiculous

Daniele De Rossi
Daniele De Rossi is Roma through and through. The combative midfielder is a fans' favorite and a vital cog in the engine room for club and country.

Lionel Messi Gallery
Many critics believe that Lionel Messi can go on to surpass Pele and Diego Maradona as the greatest ever player. This gallery illustrates some of his early achievements in a career that could continue for another 15 years.

Legends: Johan Cruyff
If South Americans Pele and Maradona represent the very top brass, the world game's two premier players, Johan Cruyff can realistically lay claim to the European title.

Legends: Franz Beckenbauer
The only person who has captained and coached a World Cup winning side, Franz Beckenbauer is regarded as the best German player ever.

Five Classic Rooney Videos
Pace, dribbling skills, an accurate final ball and a deadly finish – Wayne Rooney has the lot. These five videos show some of his best goals, both for Everton and Manchester United, and also include an interview on life at one of the world’s biggest clubs.

Legends: Pele
The only player in history to have won three World Cups, Pele is considered by many to be the best to have ever played the game.

Legends: Diego Maradona
The Argentinean’s talent was unquestionable, but his temperament continues to land him in hot water. Maradona’s is a classic story of the boy from the slums who made good.

Five Classic Cristiano Ronaldo Videos
Cristiano Ronaldo was signed by Manchester United as a teenager from Sporting Lisbon. Six magnificent years at Old Trafford ended in 2009 with a world record US $131 million move to Real Madrid. One of the game’s true artisans, these five videos showcase his devastating skills and deadly finishing.

Thierry Henry Gallery
Thierry Henry has enjoyed an illustrious career, with a trophy-haul to match his considerable talent. This gallery charts his rise from Monaco, via Arsenal, to Barcelona, and of course the famous handball.

Five Classic Torres Videos
Fernando Torres is used to carrying the weight of expectation. Previously with Atletico Madrid and now Liverpool, fans look to the striker for inspiration and he rarely disappoints. These five videos are a tour de force in clinical finishing and smooth build-up play.

Didier Drogba
Didier Drogba has tormented Premier League defenses for several years and if you ask many center-backs who they fear coming up against the most, the Ivorian’s name is often the first uttered.

Samuel Eto'o
The goalscoring and hard running of Samuel Etoo make him an asset to any team. The Cameroon star is his countrys record scorer and enjoyed a successful spell in Spanish soccer before joining Inter Milan in 2009.

Five Classic Ronaldinho Videos
Ronaldinho has thrilled crowds in Europe for the best part of 10 years since joining Paris Saint-Germain from Gremio. These five videos showcase some of the outrageous skills he has in his locker and also many of the great goals he has scored for PSG, Barcelona, AC Milan and Brazil.

David Beckham Gallery
David Beckham has had a long and distinguished career, which has seen him score from the halfway line against Wimbledon in 1996 and turn out for AC Milan at the San Siro.

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi has the uncanny ability to hold onto the ball under extreme pressure from defenders. He scores a lot of goals for someone who is not an out-and-out striker and he capped a superb 2009 by winning the Fifa World Player of the Year award.

Fernando Torres
Fernando Torres produces panic in opposition defenses with his sheer pace and ability to take advantage of any lapse in concentration. Liverpool have come to rely on him too much since he joined in the summer of 2007 from Atletico Madrid. At international with Spain level he combines with David Villa to form one of the most dangerous strike...

Cristiano Ronaldo Gallery
Cristiano Ronaldo will be one of the major attractions at this year's World Cup and this gallery encapsulates some of his characteristics and achievements.

Kaka
Possessed with beautiful balance, a defence-splitting pass and superb close control, Kaka became Serie A's marquee player in his six years at AC Milan. Now he is thrilling crowds at the Bernabeu after joining Real Madrid in one of the biggest transfers in soccer history.

Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney seems to have been around forever, but only in his mid-20s, the Manchester United and England striker has at least another ten years at the top of the game.

Alexandre Pato
Youngster Alexandre Pato has wasted little time making an impact on the world game. The fleet footed striker finds the net with regularity for AC Milan and also scored on his Brazil debut against Sweden.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was involved in one of the biggest swap deals in soccer history when he left Inter Milan for F.C. Barcelona in July 2009. Cameroon striker Samuel Etoo and a large transfer fee went in the opposite direction. He can be temperamental, but his admirers argue that Ibrahimovics vast range of skills means he is worth every penny.

Diego Ribas da Cunha
After three successful seasons with German club Werder Bremen, Brazil midfielder Diego Ribas da Cunha was transferred to Italian giants Juventus in 2009. His subtle skills and penchant for goalscoring make him one of the most feared playmakers in the world game.

Cesc Fabregas
Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas has blossomed into one of the most accomplished midfielders in world soccer. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger signed him from F.C Barcelona’s youth academy when he was a teenager and Fabregas has since wowed Premier League fans with his superb range of passing and ability to provide assists for team-mates.

The 2009 January Sales in England, Spain, and Italy
A comprehensive list of all the dealings during the January 2009 transfer window in the English Premier League, Spain's La Liga, and Italy's Serie A — the top three leagues in Europe.

Thierry Henry
With lightning pace and one of the deftest touches in the game, Thierry Henry has established himself as one of the deadliest strikers in the world. He is best known for his eight seasons in London with Arsenal, but now plays for F.C. Barcelona. At the international level, he was a precocious youngster in the France squad that won the 1998 World Cup and the 2000 European Championships.

Mario Götze Profile
Mario Götze Profile - A Look At The Career of Bayern Munich midfielder Mario Götze

Legends: Michel Platini
A profile of one of the most talented soccer players the game has ever seen - Michel Platini.

Victor Valdes - Profile of Barcelona Soccer Player Victor Valdes
Victor Valdes profile

Daniel Alves
Daniel Alves profile

Gerard Pique
Profile of the Barcelona defender

Carles Puyol
Profile of the Barcelona defender.

Bojan Krkic
Profile of the Barcelona striker

Jeffren
Profile of the Barcelona forward.

Jose Pinto
Profile of the Barcelona goalkeeper.

Javier Mascherano
Profile of the Barcelona midfielder.

Seydou Keita
Profile of the Barcelona midfielder.

Sergio Busquets
Profile of the Barcelona midfielder.

Pedro
Profile of the Barcelona midfielder.

Gabriel Milito
Profile of Barcelona defender Gabriel Milito.

Maxwell
Profile of the Barcelona defender.

Ibrahim Afellay
Profile of Barcelona midfielder Ibrahim Afellay.

Adriano
Profile of the Barcelona defender.

Eric Abidal
Profile of the Barcelona defender

John Terry Profile
Profile of Chelsea defender John Terry.

Pepe
Profile of Real Madrid defender Pepe.

Lassana Diarra
Profile of the Real Madrid midfielder.

Michael Essien
Michael Essien Profile - A look at the career of Real Madrid midfielder Michael Essien.

Edinson Cavani Profile
Edinson Cavani Profile - A Look At The Career of Napoli Striker Edinson Cavani

Who Is The Tallest Soccer Player?
Ever wondered who is the tallest soccer player in the world? The record is held jointly by two players.

Philipp Lahm
Profile of Germany legend Philipp Lahm who has starred for Bayern Munich for almost a decade.

Vincent Kompany
Vincent Kompany is a rock at the back for club and country. Here is a profile of the Manchester City and Belgium defender.

World Cup 2014 Players to Watch
10 World Cup players to watch ahead of the 2014 tournament in Brazil. The list features a Brazilian, a Frenchman and a South Korean among others.

Interview: Brian McBride
An interview with former USA striker Brian McBride as the national team prepare for their first World Cup match against Ghana.

Thiago Silva Profile
Thiago Silva Profile - The Brazil defender has matured with age after a brush with death early in his career.

Toni Kroos Profile
A profile of Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos who has become a key player for club and country.

2014 World Cup Top Scorers
A list of the 2014 World Cup top scorers, including summary of goals.

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