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Who are the Most Successful Football Players?

Football is the biggest sport in the world today. With over four billion fans it far exceeds the popularity of cricket, has more than double the fans of hockey or tennis. It is played by people the world over, from an early age, and international football competitions are some of the most popular sporting events in the world.

Naturally, the popularity of the sport draws in a huge number of punters. Football bets are the most common type of sports betting, and have been since the 20th century, when the sport really took off. Nowadays, the popularity of online betting sites makes wagering a lot easier, and more streamlined, as people can place bets from any electronic device, including their smartphones. The best sports gambling sites at, offer wide, extensive and thorough coverage of all kinds of football events, from local, regional tournaments to the FIFA World Cup.

Footballers are some of the most highly respected, beloved, and paid athletes in the world. But just who are the most successful ones? Let’s take a look at some of the most successful football players.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Hailing from Portugal, Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the most popular footballers alive and working today. His career in the greater football scene began with Manchester United, a club he has returned to and still plays in today. Apart from Manchester, Ronaldo has plaid with Spanish football legends, Real Madrid, and Italy’s Juventus. Aside from his work for these clubs, Cristiano Ronaldo also captains the Portuguese national football team.

Throughout his career, Ronaldo has won 32 trophies, five of which were UEFA Champions Leagues, one UEFA European Championship trophy, and one UEFA Nations League trophy. He has also been awarded five Ballon d’Or and four European Golden Shoes, which is the most awards won by a European player.

Lionel Messi

The Argentine forward started, and spent most of his career in Barcelona, and only in the recent season (2021-22) did he transfer over to French club, Paris Saint-Germain. In the eyes of many, Messi is the most successful footballer, not just today, but of all time. He has been awarded a record seven Ballond’Ors and six European Golden Shoes.

Throughout his career, he has won 38 trophies, and has obtained several records, including the record for the most goals scored in La Liga, with over 400. In 2021, he was placed on Forbes’s list of highest paid athletes, taking up the second spot, ahead of Ronaldo, and behind only MMA superstar, Conor McGregor.

Dani Alves

The last player we are going to take a look at is Brazil’s very own Dani Alves. With over 40 trophies, Alves can be considered one of the most successful players today. His biggest successes came during his years playing for Barcelona, to whom he returned to in 2021. Dani also plays for the Brazilian national team, which is one of the most successful national football teams in the world.

Mr. Alves is also the holder of several football records, including the most UEFA Super Cup titles, final appearances, and is also the footballer with the most collective honors in the history of the sport.



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