Ranked: The 10 best soccer players in the world right now

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Paul Pogba, Lionel Messi, and Kevin De Bruyne.

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Business Insider has ranked the top ten football players in the world.The list accounts for ability rather than form, mitigating for factors such as players suitability at their current clubs, injuries, and potential. Three France stars make the top ten — N’Golo Kante, Paul Pogba, and Kylian Mbappe — but there is no longer room for Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo.Read on to find who makes up the rest of the list, and of course, who is number one.Read more of our soccer coverage here.Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

10. Kalidou Koulibaly — SSC Napoli

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Almost all of Europe’s biggest clubs are rumoured to be interested in taking Kalidou Koulibaly away from Napoli.Manchester United and Manchester City want him, says Transfermarkt, as does Chelsea, according to Calcio Mercato. Football Espana says Real Madrid are after him, and Football Italia says Paris Saint Germain are, too.Why wouldn’t they be?The Senegalese has been unwaveringly solid for a number of years now, and was as good as ever in 2019. He was named Serie A’s best defender for last season, and also in the Africa Cup of Nations’ Team of the Tournament.

9. Sadio Mane — Liverpool FC

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When someone is given Lionel Messi’s seal of approval, you know they must be good.At 2019’s FIFA Best Awards, the Argentine voted Sadio Mane as his number one player in the world. Unfortunately for the Liverpool star however, he didn’t even make the top three in end.”It’s a shame to see Mane finish in fourth place,” Messi told Canal+ at the time, says Goal. “Mane achieved a great year that was exceptional for the entire Liverpool team. That’s why I chose him.”

8. Eden Hazard — Real Madrid

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