#10 Mario Balotelli
The reason why Mario Balotelli is on the 2012 list of best soccer players in the world is simply because he is the most intimidating striker in the Premier League. No defender has found a way to shut down Balotlli and if it wasn’t for his badass attitude, he would definitely be closer to the top of the list. Nonetheless, he has helped Manchester City earn respect from the top four clubs in the Premier League these passed two seasons and was a huge reason why they got to participate in the 2012 UEFA Champions League. Although his work rate is questionable at times, there’s no doubt in my mind that the 21-year old will soon prove to everyone he is the best soccer player in the world.
#9 Didier Drogba
Didier Drogba did not score a lot of goals for Chelsea this year but he was the reason why Ivory Coast made it to the final of the 2012 African Cup of Nations. Another reason why Drogba is on the list of best soccer players in the world is because without him, Chelsea would not still be participating in the 2012 UEFA Champions league. Even at the age of 34, Didier Drogba continues to prove he is one of the best soccer players in the world by carrying Chelsea on his back since 2004.
#8 Andres Iniesta
If it wasn’t for Andres Iniesta, Messi would not be considered the best soccer player in the world; especially not for three years in a row. That is how you know Iniesta is a very consistent midfielder and a huge reason why Barcelona has overpowered every team in Europe. Every year since he took stage at Nou Camp, Barcelona has improved and continued to improve to be the best team in the world. He’s also won the Champions league three times with Barcelona and was an integral part of Barcelona’s sex-tupple winning squad back in 2009.
Xavi was officially named third best soccer player in the world this year, but that doesn’t place him third on my list. Nonetheless, Xavi is another reason why Lionel Messi performs so well on the pitch and in my opinion, is the better version of Iniesta; although he is five years older than him. His experience and wisdom helped Spain win the 2010 World Cup and Barcelona surpass Real Madrid as the best club in La Liga; which is also why he is Barcelona’s second captain.
#6 Sergio Aguero
What hasn’t Kun Aguero done to be one of the best soccer players in the world this year. He could also be one of the fastest soccer players in the world as he continues to outpace almost every defender in the Premier League. What really makes him one of the best soccer players is that he plays consistently and improves even after changing domestic leagues. He was an amazing striker for Athletico Madrid and became an even better striker after coming to Manchester City.
#5 Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney has always been one of the best soccer players in the world. Although he may have been on a slump for a couple seasons, he came back the same unstoppable Wayne Rooney this year and tore up the Premier League despite Manhcester United getting knocked out in the group stage of the Champions League. He is entering his prime and has a lot of time to prove he is the best soccer player in the world; which he could easily do by losing some belly fat.
#4 Zlatan Ibrahimovic
A huge reason why AC Milan won the Seria A last year was because of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. His performance this year is also another reason why they will potentially win the Scudetto two years in a row. He may have a bit of an ego at times but who can blame him. He leads the Seria A with 22 goals and is sure to protect his spot at the top for the rest of the season.
#3 Robin Van Persie
The reason Van Persie is one of the best soccer players in the world is because he has finally been able to prove that he is the ultimate striker. Even after suffering many injuries in the past, Van Persie made the perfect comeback and took the Premier League by storm. If he were to transfer to a more effective squad, there is no doubt that he could be the best soccer player in the world.
#2 Cristiano Ronaldo
Of course Cristiano Ronaldo would be on any list of best soccer players in the world. He broke the record for most goals in a single season with 40; the same year he may have been robbed of the Ballon d’Or award. Nonetheless Ronaldo’s skills and tricks never fail to amaze any soccer fan and its becoming impossible for him to out due himself every season.
#1 Lionel Messi
Why is Lionel Messi number one on the list of best soccer players in the world? He won the Ballon d’Or three times in a row that’s why. Messi may not only be the best soccer player, but is also arguably the fastest soccer player in the world. Hate him or love him, Linoel Messi’s performances speak for itself which is why he is the best of the best soccer players in the world.