Most Valuable Soccer Players

With the summer transfer window upon us, it’s a great time to start looking at the most valuable soccer players in the world.

Elite talents from across the globe will compete later this year at the 2022 World Cup and the buzz is really getting louder.

Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are all household names that will generate significant attention when the World Cup kicks off in Qatar.

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Meanwhile, breakout stars from the United States, Canada and other nations will look to put their imprint on the biggest soccer competition globally.

Transfermarkt released the values of players across the soccer world and ONE37pm is looking at the most valuable players right now in 2022.

Here’s a closer look at the 10 players with the top values heading into the summer months.

1. Kylian Mbappe – PSG
Value: $176 million
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Mbappe is widely viewed as the next big attraction in the sport, paving the way for a new generation after Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The French superstar has a value of over $176 million and he just signed a new contract at PSG so it could be a few years before he entertains a move to another club.

2. Erling Haaland – Manchester City
Value: $165 million
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After several seasons at Borussia Dortmund, Haaland has put himself on the map as one of the elite goal scorers.

Haaland made a significant move to Manchester City recently and now the Norwegian striker will test himself in England.

He’s worth roughly $165 million and it’s truly hard to imagine that value not increasing given every club’s need for a top-end finisher.

3. Vinicius Jr. – Real Madrid
Value: $110 million
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Vinicius Jr. leads the way for the next generation of Brazilian superstars that also features players like Antony and Raphinha.

The Brazilian just helped his Madrid side win Champions League and Vinicius’ value continues to soar. He’s worth roughly $110 million in 2022.

4. Mohamed Salah – Liverpool
Value: $110 million
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Salah is the top winger in football at this stage of his career and the Egyptian continues to get better under Jurgen Klopp.

The Liverpool star is worth $110 million and with his contract at Anfield expiring next summer the Egyptian could be looking for a new challenge in 2023.

5. Harry Kane – Tottenham
Value: $110 million
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The England star has helped The Three Lions come close on several occasions at major tournaments, including Euro 2020.

Kane has been the subject of transfer rumors for some time but the Tottenham superstar has stayed put so far. He’s valued at around $110 million ahead of the World Cup.

6. Phil Foden – Manchester City
Value: $99 million
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Foden has only started to scratch the surface at Manchester City and that’s scary both for their club and the England national team.

The Man City prodigy is headed to the World Cup with England later this year and has already won multiple Premier League titles.

He’s worth nearly $99 million and his insane positional versatility is a major reason why.

7. Bruno Fernandes – Manchester United
Value: $99 million
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Fernandes has spent several seasons at Manchester United and become an influential figure in the side’s attack.

He’ll look to build out his resume further at the World Cup where he can pair with world-class talents like Ronaldo, Bernardo Silva and Rafael Leao.

8. Kevin De Bruyne – Manchester City
Value: $99 million
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De Bruyne is simply one of the best midfielders in the world.

The Belgian continues to raise his level both at Man City and with the national team. He’ll be immensely important for the Red Devils in the World Cup if they want to finally break through.

9. Dusan Vlahovic – Juventus
Value: $93.5 million
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Vlahovic completed a massive move to Juventus back in January and the Serbian has the potential to really become one of the game’s best strikers.

The Juventus scorer will be one of the key players featuring in his first World Cup when Serbia arrives in Qatar.

10. Raheem Sterling – Manchester City
Value: $93.5 million
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Sterling is one of the most versatile wingers in the sport and extremely challenging to defend.

The Man City winger has won the Premier League on many occasions and he could look for a new challenge this summer.

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Top 10 All-Time Premier League Goal Scorers

The Premier League season is coming to a close and Liverpool and Manchester City are fighting for the title.

The season has been full of drama with an intense relegation race and plenty of goals.

Harry Kane finished last season as the top goal scorer in England once again and now sits fifth all time in goals.

The England international is the only active player competing in the Premier League top 10 with goals.

Kane is now less than 100 away from Alan Shearer’s record of 260.

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England’s top flight has featured plenty of elite talent over the years and perhaps a new generation of top stars will break onto this list.

Jamie Vardy, Romelu Lukaku and Mohamed Salah are some of the current figures that continue to inch their way closer to the league’s immortal.

Meanwhile, Man City’s new star signing Erling Haaland could be a player many look towards to shatter goal records in the future.

Today, we’re taking a look at the Premier League’s top 10 goal scorers of all time.

10. Michael Owen
150 goals
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Owen was a legend for both club and country in England and his legacy at Liverpool will always be remembered. Owen won the 2001 Ballon d’Or, becoming just the fifth English player in the country’s history to win the award. 

9. Jermain Defoe
162 goals
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Defoe’s career was different than many of the other goal scorers on this list and widely under-appreciated throughout his career. The Englishman scored over 20 goals at five separate Premier League clubs during his time in England and that’s what makes it so impressive.

8. Robbie Fowler
163 goals
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Fowler became a Liverpool legend after rising quickly through the academy and starring for the Reds at the senior level. Fowler may be sixth all-time in Liverpool goals, but his legacy at the club won’t ever be forgotten and remains in the conversation as one of the team’s greatest players alongside Steven Gerrard, Ian Rush and Kenny Daglish.

7. Thierry Henry
175 goals

The former Arsenal great was one of the most prolific attackers in Premier League history, and his ability to help guide the Gunners to the greatest season in English football history set the tone for his legendary career.

6. Frank Lampard
177 goals

Lampard is a Chelsea legend for a reason and what makes his record so impressive was his ability to score from the midfield. Lampard was a chief creator in the Chelsea attack, but his goal scoring record made him lethal on some of the Blues’ top teams.

5. Harry Kane
179 goals
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Out of the entire top 10, Kane is the only player still competing in the Premier League.

Kane recently broke into the top 5 and he’s showing no signs of stopping his fine scoring form.

Last summer, Kane was subject of massive transfer talks and perhaps this summer will bring similar headlines.

4. Sergio Aguero
184 goals
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Aguero won’t be in the Premier League this season after joining Barcelona, but his track record at Man City was one of the key reasons for the club’s rise to the top of English football over the past decade.

3. Andy Cole
187 goals
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Cole made a name for himself throughout the top flight, but most remember the striker for his time spent at Man United.

He played a role in five Premier League titles, as well as a First Division championship during his time with Newcastle.

2. Wayne Rooney
208 goals
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The Red Devils legend became the second player in Premier League history to break the 200-goal barrier and his time at Old Trafford made him one of the most exciting players to ever suit up for the club.

Rooney was successful in domestic and European competitions for nearly a decade-and-a-half after leaving Everton in 2004.

1. Alan Shearer
260 goals
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Shearer famously made himself a household name in Newcastle after coming home to his childhood club after spending years at Blackburn and snubbing Manchester United.

Shearer’s goal scoring record in England will go many years without being broken. To this point, Kane looks like the only one that can break it within the next decade.


Meet Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka

Arsenal is in prime contention to reach the UEFA Champions League for the first time since the 2016/17 season.

Bukayo Saka is an important piece for the young Gunners as they aim to close out the current Premier League campaign.

Saka has recently become a regular for manager Mikel Arteta in his third full season as a professional.

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The Englishman has already succeeded in the Premier League and the national team will be calling again this fall.

Here’s more on the young playmaker as we meet Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka.

Saka’s Background

Saka burst onto the scene for Arsenal back in 2018 after spending a number of years with the club’s youth academy.

Prior to that, the Englishman played for Watford’s youth system at a young age and local club Greenfield Celtic.

Saka debuted for the Gunners four years ago in the UEFA Europa League and soon became a club mainstay.

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Saka’s true moment of brilliance early on came against Eintracht Frankfurt in 2019 when he recorded his first goal on top of two assists.

The 20 year old has even won Arsenal’s Player of the Year award at a young age and recorded seven goals and seven assists in 2020/21.

Saka’s Play Style

Saka is a menace on the wing with his natural instincts to find space and take on defenders.

His ability to cut in on his left foot makes him incredibly dangerous and that’s why defenders typically back off.

He’s capable of making darting runs into the penalty area, which causes severe distress for opposing teams.

This season, Saka has scored goals against Chelsea, Man City, Man United and Tottenham among other sides.

The Gunners winger has all the makings of a top talent in the Premier League for many years to come.

What’s Next for Saka?

Arsenal are currently in the top four mix with just five games remaining in the season.

Saka has been a huge figure for the Gunners in the attack with his 11 Premier League goals this campaign.

In fact, Saka is eighth in England’s top flight this season in goals, which is a good sign for future seasons.

So what’s next?

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Saka is almost a lock to make Gareth Southgate’s England squad ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

To this point, Saka has already been called up for The Three Lions 14 times dating back to 2022, including Euro 2020.

The young attacker missed an important penalty in the tournament’s final against Italy.

Saka was brilliant and graceful though in how he handled himself after the defeat.

There will be competition on the wings, but Saka could very well see meaningful minutes for England.

There’s little doubt that the 20 year old will continue to soar at a young age because Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka is the real deal.

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How Roman Abramovich’s Sanctions Affect Chelsea

The state of Chelsea FC is very uncertain following the sanctions laid down by the United Kingdom government and Roman Abramovich’s involvement with the club could now be prolonged.

Over recent weeks, the Russia-Ukraine conflict has created a significant divide, with many countries lobbying for the latter and showing their support for Ukraine.

Abramovich, a Russian with ties to Vladimir Putin, has received vast criticism for not condemning his homeland’s actions and that’s left him in a position where he was forced to sell the club.

However, that was before the UK levied harsh sanctions that now will only allow Abramovich to sell Chelsea if the Russian doesn’t receive any money from the sale.

The billionaire has been involved as the team’s owner since 2003 and has publicly stated on many occasions that he always wants what’s best for the organization.

So what exactly are the sanctions the UK has placed on Abramovich and Chelsea?

For starters, Abramovich has had his assets frozen in the UK, which prevents him from running the club he has his entire career.

Chelsea can’t sign any new players or even sell off players at this point, including out-of-contract defenders Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger.

Meanwhile, the club has to halt all merchandise sales from team stores and cannot sell new tickets to non-season ticket holders, which directly affects supporters.

Chelsea’s chief kit sponsor ‘Three’ has also reportedly asked the club to remove its logo from all jerseys and effectively suspended its partnership with the London side.

Chelsea released the following statement on the situation Thursday.

“By virtue of his 100 per cent ownership of Chelsea FC plc and affiliated entities, Chelsea FC would normally be subject to the same sanctions regime as Mr Abramovich. However, the UK Government has issued a general licence that permits Chelsea FC to continue certain activities.

“We will fulfill our men’s and women’s team fixtures today against Norwich and West Ham, respectively, and intend to engage in discussions with the UK Government regarding the scope of the licence.

“This will include seeking permission for the licence to be amended in order to allow the Club to operate as normal as possible. We will also be seeking guidance from the UK Government on the impact of these measures on the Chelsea Foundation and its important work in our communities.

“The Club will update further when it is appropriate to do so.”

On top of the players that could potentially leave this summer for free under the new sanctions, manager Thomas Tuchel could be another key figure that departs if he decides the situation isn’t worth salvaging.

Tuchel delivered the club’s second UEFA Champions League title and has created a positive environment that the players and supporters have bought into.

With the Blues still competing in Champions League, as well as the FA Cup and Premier League, there’s plenty for the team to play for the rest of the season, but even if they go on to win more competitions the future of the club could be drastically different if something doesn’t give.

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Meet Jesse Marsch, Leeds’ American Manager

Leeds has endured its share of struggles this season and an American manager is now being tasked with helping the club not only survive relegation but also lead the English side towards a brighter future.

Jesse Marsch has taken charge of Leeds with three months remaining in the Premier League and it’s a huge opportunity for the former RB Leipzig manager.

In fact, Marsch becomes only the third American to coach in England’s top flight, joining Bob Bradley (Swansea City) and David Wagner (Huddersfield Town).

With Leeds currently two points clear of relegation, Marsch and his side have their work cut out over the final 12 matches of the season.

Marsch hopes to bring some of his previous successes to Elland Road, and his first triumph would be staving off dropping to the Championship.

History of Marsch

Before Marsch became one of the best minds around the U.S. Men’s National Team, the former Princeton Tiger played in Major League Soccer for over 16 years.

He spent time with D.C. United, Chicago Fire and Chivas USA and finished his career with over 300 appearances.

Marsch began his managerial career with the U.S. in 2010 under Bob Bradley before quickly getting two big coaching roles in MLS.

Marsch became well known in MLS circles for his success with the New York Red Bulls before joining sister club Red Bull Salzburg in 2019.

The American had plenty more positives in Austria, including winning the Austrian Bundesliga twice. That prompted a move to a third RB Global side, RB Leipzig, however, Marsch only managed to win eight of 21 matches in Germany.

Marsch’s Future

Although American managers don’t often get a chance to shine in Europe, Marsch has already proven his fast-paced style of play and tactical awareness make him a worthy candidate.

Marsch is the ultimate players’ coach and constantly receives glowing praise from former pupils, none bigger than Erling Haaland.

“Jesse and I had a great relationship,” Haaland said of his former boss. “We still talk on the phone sometimes. He was an amazing manager for me, and we had some great memories together.

“I am lucky to have gotten to know him as a coach, but also as a person. He was very good with me. As you saw, I was very happy on and off the pitch in Salzburg. Even though it was just six months, it was a good time. He is an amazing guy.”

Marsch’s immediate goal will clearly be to help Leeds stay up, but after that he’ll need to show that he can hang in the best league in the world.

If Leeds can offer him defensive reinforcements next season, there’s plenty of reason to believe Marsch will have success in England.

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Meet Diogo Jota, Liverpool’s Portuguese Playmaker

Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane have become synonymous with Liverpool success over recent years, but there’s a player creating plenty of goal scoring opportunities for the Reds this season.

Diogo Jota joined the Anfield side in 2020, but this season the Portuguese star is beginning to hit his stride with Liverpool and that bodes extremely well for the future of the club.

Jota had plenty of Premier League experience prior to his arrival after spending a few seasons at Wolverhampton Wanderers, but now the 25 year old is showing that he’s good enough to make an impact at one of the top flight’s most historic clubs.

History of Jota

The Portuguese attacker began his Paços de Ferreira, where he played for the club’s youth academy and eventually rose to the senior team.

Early success in Portugal saw Jota move to Atletico Madrid, however, he’d never get his opportunity to shine with the Spanish club after going on loan to Porto and Wolves.

England has been his second home for years though, with Wolves providing stability for himself and other growing players over the years like Raul Jimenez and Adama Traore.

Jota completed his move to Liverpool in 2020 and despite the immense talent surrounding him he’s found a regular place in Jurgen Klopp’s squad alongside Mane, Salah and Roberto Firmino.

The Liverpool star is also an avid FIFA esports player and owns a gaming company called Diogo Jota Esports.

As part of his regular enjoyment with the video game, he streams often on Twitch and has played in various high-profile tournaments against high level competition, including with Liverpool teammate Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Style of Play

Jota is extremely dynamic in terms of his positioning and how well he creates chances with the ball at his feet.

While he can play on the wing, Jota is a true forward because he slots in centrally when asked and also loves dropping a bit deeper at times to receive the ball similar to some of his Liverpool teammates.

With the return of Mane and Salah from the African Cup of Nations, Jota can provide Liverpool with another strong attacking option either from the start or off the bench.

Jota’s Future

Jota has immense promise not only for Liverpool but he’s also another bright player for the Portuguese national team alongside Bernardo Silva, Joao Felix and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Reds playmaker will be looking to play a role as Portugal aim to qualify for the World Cup in March’s UEFA playoffs.

Meanwhile, the opportunities for Jota are endless at the club level, especially as Mane and Salah continue to rise in age. Salah’s contract situation hasn’t been resolved and that could mean that Liverpool are looking at the future with Jota and newly-added Luis Diaz.

Jota has become one of the top scorers in England this season and for that reason there’s no doubt that Liverpool can bank on him growing in their system under Klopp for many years to come.

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Everything Happening With Newcastle

Newcastle are entering a new phase in their club’s history and over the next four months we’ll get a strong gauge about where the Magpies are heading over the next few years.

This season hasn’t gone according to plan for Newcastle and they currently find themselves in the relegation zone with more than half the campaign already behind them.

That’s where new owners Public Investment Fund (PIF) – a Saudi-backed organization – become so valuable to the Magpies this month.

PIF completed its takeover in 2021 after buying out Mike Ashley at Newcastle, and the purchase was met with significant jubilation from Magpies supporters and vast displeasure from other sides across the Premier League.

The majority of the unrest comes from the fact that many are worried about another club being owned by a country could bring in outside factors that hinder the football agenda.

Paris Saint-Germain, which has a Qatari-backed ownership group has been long met by the same criticism over the years, particularly their dealing with TV rights holders beIN Sport – which they own – as well as Qatar’s bid to host the 2022 World Cup.

Back in October, we wrote about what Newcastle fans could potentially expect from their new ownership.

With the Magpies in the midst of the January transfer window now, it feels like a more appropriate time to examine the situation as Newcastle aims to stave off relegation.

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Reports are all over the place when it comes to the club targeting players this season, with Lille defender Sven Botman, Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele and other high-profile talents all linked to the English side.

Newcastle has secured deals with striker Chris Wood and England right back Kieran Trippier, which will surely bolster the Magpies squad a bit, but the club appears to be far from finished if they have any say in the matter.

Despite being only two points from safety, Newcastle need significant reinforcements if they are to fend off a drop to the Championship next season.

The club has.just one Premier League win all season and they’ve allowed the second-most goals in England’s top flight (43).

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Newcastle can certainly benefit by building around star attacker Allan Saint-Maximin, who had contributed five goals and three assists this season, but the French star cannot do it all by himself.

This season, striker Callum Wilson and Saint-Maximin has played a role in roughly 70 percent of Newcastle’s goal involvements, leaving little margin of error when either aren’t on the pitch.

It’s unclear if the Magpies will be able to get the necessary deals over the line before the end of the January transfer window, but given the nature of the club’s history and the attention drawn by their new ownership anything except a stay in the top flight would be considered a massive misstep.

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Meet Anthony Elanga, United’s Rising Baller

Anthony Elanga is quickly becoming one of Manchester United’s latest rising ballers and it’s easy to see why those around the club are so excited about the youngster.

At 19 years old, he’s seeing more and more regular time for the Premier League side and given the club’s immense youth talent it’s an exciting time to be watching the Red Devils.

Elanga was born in Sweden and briefly played at Malmo’s academy to begin his career, the same club where Zlatan Ibrahmovic made a name for himself early on as a player.

Elanga moved to United’s famed Carrington academy in 2014 and has quickly risen through their system as a teenager.

United’s Carrington academy is known for producing many top talents like Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford, and Elanga is starting to enter that mix as well.

Despite Elanga’s father Joseph representing Cameroon at the international level, the Man United attacker plays for Sweden and currently represents their Under-21 side.

With the competition at United in the club’s attack, it was difficult for Elanga to get a fair shake early in the season with Greenwood, Jadon Sancho, Cristiano Ronaldo and Rashford all present.

However, after new manager Ralf Rangnick took over in December, Elanga has received much more attention.

He’s earned seven appearances across all competitions since the German took charge last month, and Elanga bagged his first senior-team goal of the season on Wednesday against Brentford.

Elanga played all 90 minutes for the first time in the Premier League and it could be a vital raise in confidence moving forward if Rangnick continues to reward him with regular appearances.

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What is the FIFA Club World Cup?

The FIFA Club World Cup will kick off next month in Abu Dhabi, but what exactly is the competition and how long has it been around?

FIFA created the Club World Cup back in 2000 to celebrate regional club winners from across the globe.

Traditional there are seven clubs ranging from all six major confederations around the world, including CONCACAF (North/Central America & Caribbean), CONMEBOL (South America), UEFA (Europe), CAF (Africa), AFC (Asia) and OFC (Oceania).

The first-ever Club World Cup took place in Brazil, where Brazilian champions Corinthians took home the trophy that year.

Over the first two decades of the tournament, winners have only come from Europe and South America, with the four other regions seeking their first trophy.

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Real Madrid hold the record for most titles in the competition with four, including a run of three consecutive trophies from 2016 through 2018.

In fact, Madrid has never lost a Club World Cup match, boasting 10 wins and two draws in their four previous competitions.

The competition is single-elimination with three teams receiving first-round byes and two more teams receiving byes for the first two rounds of play.

This year, Chelsea and Palmeiras will be automatically through to the semifinals. Meanwhile, Al Jazira and AS Pirae will meet in the lone first round matchup to decide who will take on Al Hilal in the second round.

Who’s Competing This Year?

Chelsea (England) – UEFA Champions League

Palmeiras (Brazil) – Copa Libertadores

Al Hilal (Saudi Arabia) – AFC Champions League

Al Ahly (Egypt) – CAF Champions League

Monterrey (Mexico) – CONCACAF Champions League

AS Pirae (Tahiti) – OFC nomination

Al Jazira (UAE) – 2020/21 UAE Pro League winner

Previous Winners

2000 – Corinthians (Brazil)

2001-2004 – Tournament cancelled

2005 – Sao Paolo (Brazil)

2006 – Internacional (Brazil)

2007 – AC Milan (Italy)

2008 – Man United (England)

2009 – Barcelona (Spain)

2010 – Inter Milan (Italy)

2011 – Barcelona (Spain)

2012 – Corinthians (Brazil)

2013 – Bayern Munich (Germany)

2014 – Real Madrid (Spain)

2015 – Barcelona (Spain)

2016 – Real Madrid (Spain)

2017 – Real Madrid (Spain)

2018 – Real Madrid (Spain)

2019 – Liverpool (England)

2020 – Bayern Munich (Germany)

2021 – TBD

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James Ward-Prowse and His Magical Free Kicks

Players like David Beckham, Lionel Messi and Ronaldinho have been known throughout their illustrious careers for being some of football’s greatest free-kick takers in the history of the sport.

James Ward-Prowse may not have the recognition of the aforementioned trio, but he’s putting himself into that incredible company with his magical free-kick production at Southampton.

The Englishman has been a Saints lifer to this point in his career, arriving at the club 18 years ago when he was invited to their youth academy.

Southampton have been known over the years for producing some of the Premier League’s top talent and making out quite well in the transfer market by selling those players.

Danny Ings, Sadio Mane, Luke Shaw and Virgil Van Dijk are just a few of the Saints products that have done the club well over the years and helped keep the club functioning at a high level with their sales.

Ward-Prowse, however, has had a very different trajectory for his career despite constantly being floated as a transfer target for other top English sides.

Not only is Ward-Prowse Southampton’s captain but he’s also the club’s most-expensive signing in club history.

Ward-Prowse also happens to be Southampton’s greatest free-kick taker and he’s emerging into elite territory in all of the Premier League.

At the age of 27, Ward-Prowse now has 12 free kick goals to his name while playing at Southampton.

Ward-Prowse only trails Beckham for most direct free kick goals in Premier League history, with the former Manchester United legend boasting 18 during his career.

Since 2003 when Opta starting tracking free-kick data, Ward-Prowse has the highest free-kick conversion percentage of any player in the top English flight.

Ward-Prowse is a unique specimen though outside of his free-kick endeavors.

Last season, he became recognized as the only Southampton player to play two consecutive Premier League seasons without coming off at any point.

With his consistent play across the midfield, it’s difficult to imagine Ward-Prowse not getting an opportunity at an elite club in the near future. But until then, we can all enjoy his breathtaking free kicks whenever he puts on a Southampton shirt.