Without doubt Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are currently the greatest footballers in the world. Their contribution to the team as well as their individual brilliance has seen them both breaking records with ease by scoring some truly spectacular goals.
However, the topic of the 3rd best player in the world includes a lot of controversy. Fans and pundits alike judge players in different ways varying from teamwork, consistency, and technical ability.
A few footballers that have been mentioned for the 3rd spot are Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale, Bayern Munich’s Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney, Paris St Germain’s Edinson Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The list continues to go on.
A footballer should be judged on their talents on the pitch and on the goals they score, certainly if it is an attacking player. In the summer we saw Gareth Bale’s switch from Tottenham to Real Madrid set a new world transfer record of £85.3 million.
The 3rd best player is a topic which causes a lot of controversy and mixed opinions. Gareth Bale has impressed so far since his summer move to Spain by scoring continuous goals and even more recently his hat trick in the weekend. Elsewhere, current German and European champions Bayern Munich have their wide players Robben and Ribery shortlisted. Both players have been amazing for FC Bayern and have enormously helped the German club to successive silverware last season.
Then comes Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Some would say he is arrogant whereas others will say he is a funny character. The 6’5 Swedish striker has been outstanding for PSG and played brilliantly for Sweden, particularly in the World Cup Knockout tie against Portugal, which many dubbed Ibrahimovic vs Ronaldo. Known for his witty comments and arrogance, Ibrahimovic has been in the limelight for many years and has scored some breath taking goals throughout his career, including the bicycle kick against England to humiliate goalkeeper Joe Hart.
Although Bale’s £85.3 million switch was definitely too high in value, I still think that Gareth Bale is the 3rd best player in the world because of his style of play. Bale has a style about him where he can charge at a player with his pace and physical strength, which can scare defenders. He has a strong and powerful left foot which has helped him score so many goals so far in his career for both Tottenham and Real Madrid. Bale has a match winning impact about him which was evident in the weekend with his superb hat trick. He has done it in England and now he is doing it in Spain, and playing with players around him with European experience will only improve Gareth Bale as a footballer.