Six Toughest Players according to Messi

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Lionel Messi, Lionel Andrés “Leo” Messi  born 24 June 1987 , an Argentine super star recently said that he find this 6 footballer as a toughest to play against them.

He said that this 6 players are best when they are in form and no one can stop them to score on their day.

Andres Iniesta

Andrés Iniesta Luján (Spain) 

Born : 11 May 1984

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Iniesta won the UEFA Best Player in Europe award in 2012, and was also chosen as the Best Player of the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League. He was runner-up to Lionel Messi for the 2010 FIFA Ballon d’Or and achieved third place in 2012. He was named by IFFHS as the World’s Best Playmaker in 2012 and 2013, and won the La Liga Spanish Player of the Year award in 2009. Iniesta has been chosen in the UEFA Team of the Year five times (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015), and has been voted into the FIFA World XI on seven occasions: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. In recognition of his outstanding performances with club and country, as well as his individual and team achievements, Iniesta received the Marca Legend Award in 2011. In 2014, he received the Golden Foot Award.

 

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro (Portuguese)

Born : 5 February 1985

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Ronaldo made his international debut for Portugal in August 2003, at the age of 18. He is Portugal’s most capped player of all time with 130 caps, and has participated in seven major tournaments: four UEFA European Championships (2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016) and three FIFA World Cups (2006, 2010 and 2014). He is the first Portuguese player to reach 50 international goals, making him Portugal’s all-time top goalscorer. He scored his first international goal in Euro 2004 and helped Portugal reach the final. He took over captaincy in July 2008, and he led Portugal to the semi-finals at Euro 2012, finishing the competition as joint-top scorer. In November 2014, Ronaldo became the all-time top scorer in the UEFA European Championship (including qualifying) with 23 goals.

 

Neymar

Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior (Brazil)

Born : 5 February 1992

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Neymar is the fifth highest goalscorer for his national team. In 2012 and 2013, SportsPronamed him the most marketable athlete in the world. In December 2015 he was ranked by The Guardian as the third best player in the world. In June 2016, ESPN ranked Neymar fourth on their list of the world’s most famous athletes.

 

Franck Ribery

Franck Henry Pierre Ribéry (French)

Born : 7 April 1983

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Ribéry is a three-time winner of the French Player of the Year award and has also won the German Footballer of the Year becoming the first player to hold both honours. He has also been named to the UEFA Team of the Year and declared theYoung Player of the Year in France. In 2013, Ribéry won the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award. In 2013, he was also ranked fourth in The Guardian’s list of the best players in the world.

 

Arjen Robben (Dutch)

Born : 23 January 1984

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Robben’s Chelsea debut was delayed through injury, but upon returning to fitness he helped Chelsea bring home two consecutive Premier League titles, and was the FA Premier League Player of the Month in November 2005. After a third season in England which was punctuated by injury, Robben moved to Spanish club Real Madrid for €35 million. In August 2009, Robben transferred to Bayern Munich for a fee of around €25 million, scoring two goals on his debut. In his first season in Munich, Bayern won the league title, Robben’s fifth league title in eight years, and Robben scored the winning goal in the 2013 UEFA Champions League Final. After his first season with Bayern, Robben was also named Footballer of the Year in Germany.

 

Xavi Hernandez

Xavier “Xavi” Hernández Creus  (Spanish)

Born : 25 January 1980

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Xavi won 28 trophies, only surpassed by Andrés Iniesta as the most successful Spanish player in history. He came third in the 2009 FIFA World Player of the Year, followed by third place for its successor award, the FIFA Ballon d’Or, in 2010 and 2011. In 2011, he was runner up to Lionel Messi for the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award.

 

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