The World’s Best Attacking Soccer Players

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Soccer fans love nothing better than seeing world-class attacking soccer players in action. Whether they are scoring goals, masterminding moves from midfield, or notching up assists to enable teammates to score, it’s like poetry in motion. But who are the best-attacking players around right now?

The Old Guard: Attacking Soccer Players Who You Already Know

We are all familiar with certain names, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Neymar Junior. They are probably the three that spring most readily to mind, but at 33 and 35 years old, Messi and Ronaldo respectively are no spring chickens. The same goes for the top attacker in many people’s minds – Robert Lewandowski, the 32-year-old Polish player, currently strutting his stuff at Bundesliga side, Bayern.

Players Ready to Take Over

One of the youngest names that qualify for best-attacking player is 21-year-old Kylian Mbappé who plays for Paris Saint Germain. Other 21-year-olds include Kai Havertz, the German international who plays for Chelsea in the English Premier League, the young Frenchman Dayot Upamecano, who plays for another Bundesliga club, RB Leipzig, and Achraf Hakimi, the Morrocan who plays for Italian Serie A club, Inter.

Even younger attacking soccer players include 20-year-old Jadon Sancho, the English player who is currently at Bundesliga club, Dortmund, and his teammate, Erling Haaland, the young Norwegian.

One of the very best attacking midfield players right now is Bruno Fernandez, the 26-year-old Portuguese international who joined EPL side Manchester United in the January transfer window from Liga NOS club, Sporting CP. He is a class player whose goals and passing skills are unrivalled, and since he arrived at Old Trafford; he has totally rejuvenated the team.

But Harry Kane, the 27-year-old English international who plays for EPL side Tottenham Hotspur is a serious consideration too. Not only has he scored some spectacular goals, but he can also make some telling passes, and this season, since returning from the COVID-19 imposed shutdown, he has been on magnificent form.

Kane’s idol as a youngster was a certain David Beckham. The two men both went to the same school – albeit years apart – Chingford Foundation School, and there is a nice picture capturing an 11-year-old Harry Kane with his idol. There is also a young girl in the photo. Kane married her 14 years later, and they now have two young daughter Ivy, three years old, and Vivienne, just one.

David Beckham is still a fan of Harry Kane’s and last year he visited Tottenham’s training ground where he met up ex-manager, Mauricio Pochettino, and Kane, himself. Beckham, who at his peak played for Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Inter Milan, played out the last years of his professional footballing career at LA Galaxy.

The US men’s team also has its own prodigy on the horizon – 17-year-old Gio Reyna who currently plays for the Bundesliga club, Borussia Dortmund.He recently chalked up three assists in his team’s 4-0 win over Freiburg and is the first US player to have done so since 2008. Teammate Erling Haaland, mentioned earlier, calls him the American Dream and believes he has a fantastic future ahead of him.

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