100 Best Male Footballers 2020

Can you name the top international football players in the world in 2020 according to a panel of 241 judges organized by the Guardian?
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Last updated: December 25, 2020
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Club
Player
1
Bayern Munich
Robert Lewandowski
2
Barcelona
Lionel Messi
3
Juventus
Cristiano Ronaldo
4
Manchester City
Kevin De Bruyne
5
Liverpool
Sadio Mané
6
Borussia Dortmund
Erling Braut Haaland
7
Paris Saint-Germain
Kylian Mbappé
8
Liverpool
Mohamed Salah
9
Paris Saint-Germain
Neymar
10
Liverpool
Virgil van Dijk
11
Bayern Munich
Joshua Kimmich
12
Real Madrid
Karim Benzema
13
Real Madrid
Sergio Ramos
14
Bayern Munich
Thomas Müller
15
Bayern Munich
Manuel Neuer
16
Bayern Munich
Serge Gnabry
17
Liverpool
Thiago Alcântara
18
Liverpool
Trent Alexander-Arnold
19
Inter Milan
Romelu Lukaku
20
Tottenham Hotspur
Harry Kane
21
Manchester United
Bruno Fernandes
22
Tottenham Hotspur
Son Heung-min
23
Bayern Munich
Alphonso Davies
24
Lazio
Ciro Immobile
25
A.C. Milan
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
26
Liverpool
Alisson
27
Manchester City
Raheem Sterling
28
Atlético Madrid
Jan Oblak
29
Borussia Dortmund
Jadon Sancho
30
Chelsea
Timo Werner
31
Bayern Munich
David Alaba
32
Atalanta
Papu Gómez
33
Liverpool
Jordan Henderson
34
Liverpool
Andrew Robertson
35
Leicester City
Jamie Vardy
36
Arsenal
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
37
Atlético Madrid
João Félix
38
Paris Saint-Germain
Ángel Di María
39
Juventus
Paulo Dybala
40
Bayern Munich
Leon Goretzka
41
Manchester United
Marcus Rashford
42
Real Madrid
Toni Kroos
43
Liverpool
Roberto Firmino
44
Inter Milan
Lautaro Martínez
45
Barcelona
Ansu Fati
46
Real Madrid
Thibaut Courtois
47
Bayern Munich
Kingsley Coman
48
Barcelona
Marc-André ter Stegen
49
Paris Saint-Germain
Marquinhos
50
Chelsea
Kai Havertz
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Club
Player
51
Liverpool
Fabinho
52
RB Leipzig
Dayot Upamecano
53
Sevilla
Lucas Ocampos
54
Chelsea
Thiago Silva
55
Chelsea
N'Golo Kanté
56
Real Madrid
Casemiro
57
Atalanta
Duván Zapata
58
Atlético Madrid
Luis Suárez
59
Aston Villa
Jack Grealish
60
Chelsea
Hakim Ziyech
61
Atalanta
Josip Ilicic
62
Napoli
Kalidou Koulibaly
63
Liverpool
Diogo Jota
64
Lyon
Memphis Depay
65
Manchester City
Sergio Agüero
66
Real Madrid
Federico Valverde
67
Paris Saint-Germain
Keylor Navas
68
RB Leipzig
Marcel Sabitzer
69
Juventus
Matthijs de Ligt
70
Manchester City
Bernardo Silva
71
Real Madrid
Luka Modric
72
Lyon
Houssem Aouar
73
Liverpool
Georginio Wijnaldum
74
Real Madrid
Martin Ødegaard
75
Bayern Munich
Leroy Sané
76
Inter Milan
Achraf Hakimi
77
Manchester City
Riyad Mahrez
78
Wolverhampton
Raúl Jiménez
79
Barcelona
Frenkie de Jong
80
Everton
Dominic Calvert-Lewin
81
Barcelona
Philippe Coutinho
82
Everton
Richarlison
83
Real Madrid
Eden Hazard
84
Napoli
Dries Mertens
85
Arsenal
Thomas Partey
86
Sevilla
Jesús Navas
87
Rennes
Eduardo Camavinga
88
Atlético Madrid
Marcos Llorente
89
Manchester City
Ederson
90
Barcelona
Antoine Griezmann
91
Atalanta
Robin Gosens
92
Inter Milan
Nicolò Barella
93
Al Shabab
Éver Banega
94
Manchester City
Ferran Torres
95
Juventus
Álvaro Morata
96
Red Bull Salzburg
Dominik Szoboszlai
97
Bayern Munich
Jérôme Boateng
98
Lazio
Luis Alberto
99
Paris Saint-Germain
Presnel Kimpembe
100
Monaco
Wissam Ben Yedder
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Level 69
Dec 26, 2020
Number 21 is supposed to be bruno fernandes i think, but it just says :

21 Sporting Manchester United

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Level ∞
Dec 26, 2020
Fixed
+5
Level 83
Dec 26, 2020
It is amazing what Jurgen Klopp, Michael Edwards & FSG have put together at Liverpool. An entire starting XI of Top-100 players, plus 1. Along with Bayern Munich, at least for the time being, they appear to be the cream of the European crop.
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Level 46
Jan 4, 2021
YNWA
+25
Level 60
Dec 26, 2020
Lewan shouldn't be accepted for Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
+3
Level 79
Dec 26, 2020
Agreed.
+7
Level 41
Dec 27, 2020
Dominic Calvert Lewin should also be absolutely nowhere near this list
+3
Level 46
Dec 27, 2020
I agree but he's a lot better than some of these players. Odegaard is going to be a good player but he's not top 100 yet, same with Ansu Fati. Some players are way too high as well like Ibrahimovic.
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Level 61
Dec 27, 2020
Ansu Fati is definitely a top 100 player, but not top 50.
+6
Level 92
Dec 26, 2020
Inter Milan and Internazionale are actually the same team, only written in different ways for certain players here, both versions are correct by the way.
+2
Level 83
Dec 26, 2020
Yep, Inter, Inter Milan and Internazionale are all perfectly acceptable ways of referring to the club that shares the San Siro with AC Milan.
+5
Level 50
Dec 26, 2020
"Becker" should also count for Alisson, since its his last name. I believe its also on his jerseys.
+1
Level ∞
Dec 26, 2020
Okay
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Level 64
Dec 27, 2020
Typo - 86 instead of 96 in Dominik Szovoszlai's spot.
+2
Level 56
Dec 27, 2020
Bayern's team is scarily good at the moment; I think we may see a repeat of the type of dominance Real Madrid had in Europe from 2015-18. Also, it's just a very small thing but I would maybe consider changing the team name 'Wolverhampton' to 'Wolves', as this is how it's more commonly known.
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Level 70
Dec 27, 2020
It's like Juve and Juventus, I think Wolverhampton is very common at least where I am from (Italy)
+2
Level 67
Apr 16, 2021
Apparently not as just been knocked out at the quarter final stage
+5
Level 58
Dec 27, 2020
Damn, Varane, laporte and Sule are names that I fully expected to be here. Especially ahead of the likes of Ødegaard and Morata - not that they are bad, I just think there are more deserving names.
+1
Level 50
Dec 27, 2020
95, 86, 97? Either that's a typo or you skipped that day in Maths class...
+2
Level 61
Dec 28, 2020
Griezmann? I think he is overrated.
+2
Level 73
Jan 9, 2021
Griezmann’s transfer to Barca turned out to be as successful as Hazard’s at Real!
+1
Level 71
Dec 28, 2020
Grealish came top of the class at Professor Neymar's School of faking fouls and injury. (his push the ball past and then run into the man is a treat to watch).
+1
Level 76
Dec 31, 2020
Neymar's still the best since Rivaldo (ball to leg, holds face in "pain" and rolls on the grass if anyone remembers). Grealish is getting better at actually playing like princess Ronaldo did at ManU. ;)
+1
Level 63
Jan 4, 2021
Couldn't disagree more and shows a complete outdated view of the modern game, so many more players on this list dive far more than Grealish ever does but you single him out.

Check slow replays and he's genuinely fouled a vast majority of the time, he runs at players who's only way to stop him is to foul him. On the odd occasion there's a dive yes, but please name one team anywhere in top flight Europe where players don't do this.

If he was a local lad playing for your team you'd be singing his praises from the rooftops!

+1
Level 38
Dec 28, 2020
How is Nicolo Barella here and not Edinson Cavani
+1
Level 49
Jan 22, 2021
you dont watch football right?
+1
Level 38
Jan 25, 2021
I do I know a lot of footballers.
+3
Level 56
Dec 28, 2020
this list is so dumb, the judges scoring this list defo only look at stats. poor.
+2
Level 37
Jan 1, 2021
Amazing how Atlético Madrid are on top of the league with barely three players making this list.
+1
Level 75
May 20, 2021
Lille OSC are on top of the league with no player making the list
+2
Level 70
Jan 8, 2021
Needs more time, especially as there are a hundred answers and a heck of a lot of them aren’t easy to spell. You could also do with a lot more type-ins, but given how tricky some of the spellings are, you might be there a while! Lol
+1
Level 90
Apr 8, 2021
Last one I got was Suarez ::facepalm::. I'd forgotten he'd moved to Atletico from Barca.
+1
Level 67
Sep 20, 2021
Haha, Henderson at #33
+1
Level 55
Nov 11, 2021
The fact that Cavani is not on this list is just crazy