Lets take a look at Top 10 of the most underrated footballers in the world right now (as of 10 December 2020).
Football fans all over the world watch their teams perform each week. As players try and impress on the pitch they begin to gain recognition for their work. However some fans are often quick to judge leading to bad judgments.
The likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar Junior and Cristiano Ronaldo are always rated highly week in week out.
What makes a good player is their ability to excel at all stages week in week out helping their team win games.
However, some players are not recognized or praised enough for their performances.
Lets take a look at the top 10 most underrated footballers in the world right now.
10. Keylor Navas – Paris Saint Germain
PSG’s number one has been underrated as a top keeper for the last few years now. Each week he performs well for his club and is also a great servant in the Costa Rican national team. His transfer away from Real Madrid left many football and Real Madrid fans in shock. I on my part could not believe the news until i saw him put on a PSG shirt.
A great Champions Veteran winning three consecutive UEFA Champions leagues with Real Madrid. To add to that, he even won La Liga title all in the span ofjust 5 years. He has made more big saves to win Real Madrid important games.
And yes Keylor Navas is still not praised enough because many think that is what he should be doing at such a big club.
Since his move to PSG he has continued the same form. The 33 year old kept 11 clean sheets in 21 league appearances last season. He was also a key player in their run to the Champions league final where he kept five clean sheets in nine games. As Navas gets older his performances aren’t falling. This him one of the top goalkeepers right now in world football.
9. Alejandro Gomez – Atalanta
Atalanta’s forward Alejandro Gomez has put out confident displays in the Serie A over the last few years. Since joining for £4m in 2014, Gomez has consistently provided goals and assists for his club. Gomez’s contributions are immersed as Atalanta have progressed into champions league places.
They have managed to finish third in the last two Serie A seasons and have shaped up to be a tough side to beat. In 243 appearances for Atalanta, Gomez has scored 59 goals and produced 70 assists with 27 of those coming in the last two seasons. This has helped him gain a spot in the Argentina national team and has played four games since making his debut in 2017. His work rate as Captain inspires all his Atalanta team mates.
By playing for a fairly smaller club he has gone unnoticed in the footballing world and is definitely one of the most underrated players right now.
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8. Wissam Ben Yedder – AS Monaco
Wissem Ben Yedder’s performances each game week suggest he is very underrated. Although he may not be termed world-class, he is has proven himself as being a prolific scorer throughout his career. Last season in the French league alone he scored 18 goals and four assists for a struggling Monaco side and in a cut short Ligue one season amidst the corona virus pandemic.
The 30 year old scored 70 goals in 138 appearances during his spell at Sevilla before moving to France last summer in a £36m move. Although some may say that is a hefty fee, Ben Yedder has justified his price by doing the talking in the field.
The French international is a master of pace and creativity. A nightmare for any top defender. Having not played for any huge clubs, his profile isn’t as big as it could be.
7. Raul Jimenez – Wolves
Wolves’ rise to becoming a strong team in the Premier League is largely down to the performances of front men Raul Jimenez and the now Liverpool man Diogo Jota. The Mexican talisman has an eye for goal and has consistently scored for the midlands club
The 29 year old struggled at his previous clubs Atletico Madrid and Benfica. But after signing for £34m last year, following a season-long loan with Wolves, he has grabbed 47 goals in 107 games. He has helped Wolves secure their first European qualification and reach the FA cup semi-finals. He scored 17 goals and produced six assists in the Premier League last season
Jimenez has started apearing on more clubs radar as he continues to put out good displays for Wolves. However, his contributions is still highly unnoticed over the last 2 years, even though he has played a huge role in Wolves project.
6. Sergio Busquets – Barcelona
Sergio Busquets was previously recognized as one of the best midfielders in the world. He revolutionized the role of the true defensive midfielder. The Spaniard was often overlooked by the creativity of Xavi, Iniesta, David Silver and Fabrigas but has now fall short of that recognition in recent years.
Busquets defensive awareness makes him very hard to beat in the middle of the park. His composure on the ball prevents him losing possession and he has the ability and vision to pick out passes to create attacks.
A player you only realise how good he is when you watch him rather than when you watch the game, how would you even rate him? Sergio Busquets is definitely one of the most underrated players of all time. And definitely one of the most underrated midfielder in the last two to three seasons.
5. Olivier Giroud – Chelsea
Olivier Giroud since leaving Montpellier in Ligue 1 after helping them win the Ligue 1 title in 2011-2012 has always been a victim of his own success. The French man scored 73 goals in 180 appearances between 2013 to 2018 after joining Arsenal. Despite mostly starting games from the bench at Arsenal is produces when introduced in the game. Giroud has been the goal mastermind behind Arsenal and Chelsea recent FA cup finals victories. He won the FA cup three times with Arsenal and ones with Chelsea in 2018.
Even after his move to Chelsea in 2018 winter, he has mostly been a bench warmer. Giroud’s treatment in England is one to never forget. A top goal scoring and a good professional. he has managed to score.
Giroud has managed to score 35 goals in his 89 games since joining Chelsea in 2018 while starting more than 58% of those games from the bench. His 11 goals in the 2018-2019 helped Chelsea win the UEFA Europa League as he emerged top scorer.
The French international’s France record is even up there with the likes of world-class France Legend Michel Platini and Thierry Henry. Giroud sits second in France all time top scorers with 44 goals in 105 games after Thierry Henry.
Yet week in week out Olivier Giroud is the centre of question on whether he should start a game or not for Chelsea. A proper Target man upfront with little or no recognition especially in club football leaves him as one of the most underrated players right now.
4. Georginio Wijnaldum – Liverpool FC
Liverpool’s midfield maestro, Georginio Wijnaldum, signed for £25m from a relegated Newcastle in 2016. Fans were left with nothing than a shock for such an amount spent on the Dutch international. Wijnaldum, a rock in the midfield of the Liverpool park has proved he is worth more than his fee. His services in Merseyside has helped them win the champions league and their first league title in 30 years.
Wijnaldum is the engine inside a dominant Liverpool midfield. He is a great all-rounded player that can score, create chances and be disciplined in defence. If you are in searching for that kind of midfielder who can perform all season with atleast 90% of his form and without getting injured, Wijnaldum is the man. He has gone more than two season without picking up an injury. And he is the only player to have not picked up an injury in an injury filled Liverpool squad this 2020-2021 season. With not long left on his contract, Klopp will be hoping they can persuade him to sign an extension on his contract.
His style of play and the fact that he plays alongside the likes of Salah, Mane and Van Dijk, makes him hidden sometimes in the Liverpool set up. Nevertheless his contributions to their performances are vital to ensure they get chances, leaving him as one of the most underrated players right now.
3. Leroy Sane – Bayern Munich
Bayern’s new recruit Leroy Sane has dropped off from the spotlight after he injured his knee for Manchester City last year. Missing the majority of the 2019/20 season, Sane hasn’t been able to showcase his full potential so far. 10 goals and 15 assists in the 2017/18 season and 10 goals and 10 assists the following year in the premier league, are just glimpses of what Sane can do.
He signed for Bayern Munich for £45m this summer and has plenty of chances to impress with the European champions considering he is still young. The German winger is extremely talented at taking on defenders – the Arjen Robben prototype. His comfort on the ball, his prowess infront of goal, his ability to create chances, what an asset for Bayern Munich.
His lack of game time over the last year or so has resulted in Sane losing his status as one of the stars of the future. However his move to Bayern has shown he still has that potential of a future world class player. But fans not been praising him as of recent means he is underrated considering his contributions to Manchester City and his national team.
2. Raheem Sterling – Manchester City
England and Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling has been the focal point of their success ever since arriving from Liverpool. Many fans and pundits alike will not consider Sterling to be underrated, but his contribution for Manchester City’s success in the past few years has been highly underrated.
Often the British media has been accused of targeting Sterling, focusing on his life off the pitch rather than on it. Because of this, his performances don’t get the recognition it is warranted for. He has scored 105 goals and produced 79 assists in 259 appearances for Manchester City.
As well as being City’s second highest Premier League scorer, Sterling is only 21 goals away from being the highest scoring winger in Premier League history. He is also nine goals away from being the highest English scorer in the Champions league. He is only 25. Doesn’t this ring a bell for you? Or should he become a certain Cristiano Ronaldo or a Lionel Messi to be recognized?
Sterling’s leadership in the dressing room and on the pitch has made him one of Pep Guardiola’s star men and a crucial member of their success in the last few seasons. Sterling has been Manchester City’s 3rd or 4th choice captain this season. With so many years of football ahead for him, there is no limit to how good Sterling can be and he should get the recognition he deserves for his world class service at Man City so far.
1. Thomas Muller – Bayern Munich
The most underrated footballer in the world right now is Bayern’s Thomas Muller. He has been the life and soul of a highly competitive Bayern Munich team over the last decade. He has 100 appearances for Germany and 38 international goals to his name. But would you imagine Muller is hardly talked about?
In 554 games for Bayern, Muller has contributed to 410 goals (208 goals/202 assists). His remarkable statistics are often overshadowed by former Bayern attacking talents (Arjen Robben or Frank Ribery) nnd now Robert Lewandowski.
But one thing for sure in Bayern’s last 11 years of success is Muller’s Performances. He is an all-rounded player that can operate in a variety of attacking positions. At 31 years old, he has become one of the Bundesliga’s best ever players, a great character off the pitch, a captain material. Even Germany national team is already missing his leadership lately.
Muller’s domination domestically, in Europe and Internationally isn’t often highlighted, making him very underrated. People often don’t notice how much he influences his team. Imagine playing much of the game as an attacking midfielder last season with a whooping 14 goals and 26 assist. Nevertheless, he has played a monumental role in making Bayern one of the best teams of the decade.