A winger is actually the attacking footballer of any team that operates from the left or right side of the ground. They mainly stationed near the sidelines of each side and plays like an attacking midfielder. They are known for their brilliant speed and diagonal runs near the goalbox. Besides, they also possess brilliant shot-taking quality along with amazing passing accuracy. There are now many wingers playing in several leagues. They not only operate as an integral part of the attacking formation but also put the maximum effort into playmaking. And, here goes our exclusive list of the best football wingers in the world right now.
Top 10 Best Football Wingers In The World Right Now
There are several great players that can be deployed as an attacking midfielder or even striker besides their usual role of Winger. And, there are even players like Mesut Ozil who can operate in almost any position in the attacking formation. So, here goes our selection of the best football wingers of 2020.
10. Dries Mertens
One of the best football wingers right now, Dries Mertens, plays for the Italian club Napoli. Besides, he also made his appearance for the Belgian national football team. He also often operates as a striker for his club and the national team. Mertens started his football career with Gent in 2005. Shortly after, he took his transfer to AGOVV in 2007 before joining Utrecht in 2009. He then joined PSV in 2011 and then finally took his transfer to Napoli in 2013.
Mertens achieved the Belgian Footballer of the Year in 2016. Besides, he also became a part of the Serie A Team of the Year for the 2016-17 season. This talented winger won the Di Tommaso Trophy in 2010 and Eerste Divisie Golden Bull in 2008. With PSV, he helped the side to win both the KNVB Cup and Johan Cruyff Shield in 2012. Besides, he also helped Napoli to win the Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana in 2014.
A product of La Masia, Pedro Eliezer Rodríguez, currently plays as a winger for the Spanish national team. He currently also plays for the Premier League side Chelsea. Besides operating as a winger, he has also made his name as one of the best forwards in current football. After his training at La Masia, he got his chance in the Barcelona C team in 2005. And in 2008, he got his promotion to the first-team of Barcelona.
After spending seven seasons in Barcelona, Pedro joined the Premier League side, Chelsea, in 2015. He has also helped the Spanish team to win the 2010 FIFA World Cup and UEFA European Championship in 2012. He also helped Barcelona to win La Liga five times and Copa del Rey three times. Pedro helped Chelsea to win the Premier League in 2017. Besides, he also helped them to secure the FA Cup in 2018 and UEFA Europa League in 2019.
8. Callum Hudson-Odoi
Without any doubt, Callum Hudson-Odoi is one of the best football wingers of 2020. He currently plays for the Premier League side Chelsea and England national team. He spent 10 years in the Chelsea youth academy before getting his promotion to the first team in 2017. And since then, he became an integral part of the team. Besides, he also made his appearance for the English national team since 2019.
Hudson-Odoi recently won the Chelsea Young Player of the Year in 2019. He also helped the England U17 team to win the 2017 FIFA U-17 world cup. Besides, he also helped the team to become the runner-up of the 2017 UEFA European Under-17 Championship. He recently also helped Chelsea to win the UEFA Europa League and become the runner-up in the EFL Cup in 2019.
7. Douglas Costa
Known for his brilliant dribbling skill, Douglas Costa currently plays for the Italian Serie A side Juventus. Besides, he also plays as a winger for the Brazilian national football team. A product of Grêmio youth academy, he started his senior footballing career with the Grêmio first-team in 2008. He then joined Shakhtar Donetsk in 2010 before joining the Bundesliga side Bayern Munich in 2015. Shortly after, he joined Juventus in 2018.
Douglas Costa became the top scorer of the United Tournament in 2014. Besides, he also helped Juventus to win the Serie A title twice till now. Moreover, he helped the team to win both the Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana in 2018. He also helped Bayern Munich to win the Bundesliga twice and DFB-Pokal once. Costa helped Shakhtar Donetsk to win the Ukrainian Premier League five times.
6. Gareth Bale
One of the best football wingers, Gareth Bale, currently plays for La Lida side Real Madrid. Besides, he also plays for the Wales national football team. Since his joining to Los Blancos, he became one of the highest-paid footballers of all time. Bale started his senior footballing career with Southampton in 2006. He then joined the Tottenham Hotspur before joining Real Madrid in 2013.
Bale became the FIFA Club World Cup top goalscorer twice consecutively in 2014 and 2018. Besides, he also won the FIFA Club World Cup Golden Ball in 2018. He won the BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year in 2010 and FAW Young Player of the Year in 2007. Bale helped Wales team to win La Liga, Copa del Rey, and Supercopa de España once each. Besides, he also helped the side to win the UEFA Champions League four times till now.
5. Paulo Dybala
Needless to say, Paulo Dybala is one of the best football wingers of recent times. He currently plays for one of the richest football clubs, Juventus. Besides, he also made his appearance for the Argentine national football team. He started his senior footballing career with Instituto in 2011 before joining the Italian club Palermo in 2012. After three years, he joined Juventus in 2015.
Dybala provided the most number of assists in the 2014-15 season of Serie A. Besides, he also became a part of the Serie A Team of the Year three times till now. He then also became a part of the ESM Team of the Year in 2017. Dybala scored the most number of goals in the 2017 Coppa Italia. He helped Juventus to win the Serie A four times till now. Besides, he also helped them to win the Coppa Italia thrice.
4. Roberto Firmino
Brazilian football star, Roberto Firmino, currently plays for the Premier League side Liverpool. He also plays for the Brazilian national football team. Besides playing as a winger, he can also operate as an attacking midfielder or even a forward. Moreover, he has also made his name as one of the best football strikers due to his amazing goal-getting capacity. He previously played for the Figueirense and 1899 Hoffenheim before joining Liverpool in 2015.
Firmino won the Samba Gold in 2018 and also won the Bundesliga Breakthrough of the Season in 2014. He recently helped the Brazilian national team to win the Copa América in 2019. Besides, he also helped Liverpool to win both the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Super Cup in 2019. He also helped the side to become the runner-up in the UEFA Champions League in the 2017-18 football season.
3. Alexis Sánchez
Without any doubt, Alexis Sánchez is definitely one of the best football wingers of 2020. He currently plays for the Italian side Inter Milan on loan from Manchester United. Besides, he also plays for the Chilean national football team. He started his senior footballing career for Cobreloa way back in 2005. He then played for Udinese, Barcelona, and Arsenal before joining Manchester United in 2018.
Sánchez won the Silver Ball in 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and the Golden Ball in Copa América in 2016. He won both the PFA Fans’ Player of the Year and FSF Player of the Year in 2015. He also helped the Chilean national team to win the Copa América twice consecutively in 2015 and 2016. Sánchez helped Arsenal to win the FA Cup in 2015 and 2017. He also helped the side to win the FA Community Shield in 2014.
2. Mesut Özil
One of the greatest footballers of all time, Mesut Özil, currently plays for the Premier League side Arsenal. He also played for the German national team from 2009 to 2018. Besides a winger, he can also operate as an attacking midfielder. He started his footballing journey with Schalke 04 in 2006 before joining Werder Bremen in 2008. He then played for Real Madrid and then joined Arsenal in 2013.
Ozil became the Arsenal Player of the Season in 2015. He also won the Laureus Media Award in 2014 and the German Football Ambassador Public Award in 2015. He was named the Germany national team Player of the Year five times till now. Ozil helped the German national team to win the FIFA World Cup in 2014. He also helped Arsenal to win the FA Cup three times till now. Besides, he also helped the side to win the FA Community Shield in 2015.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo
One of the most handsome footballers of all time, Cristiano Ronaldo, currently plays for the Italian side Juventus besides making his appearance for the Portuguese National football team. Besides, Juventus, he previously also played for the Premier League side Manchester United and La Liga side Real Madrid. He plays for the Portuguese team since 2003 and now captains the squad in international competitions.
Cristiano is the only European player to win the Ballon d’Or five times and the European Golden Shoe four times till now. He is also the highest goalscorer in Real Madrid history. In his very first season at the Serie A, he helped Juventus to win both the Serie A and the Supercoppa Italiana. Besides, he also named the Serie A Most Valuable Player in his very first season in Italy.
So, here goes our exclusive list of the best football wingers in the world right now. We hope you liked this list. And, don’t forget to send us your opinion about this list in the comment box below.