My Favorite Players

I could go on for hours talking about which players I admire most, but I’ve somehow managed to narrow down that endless list to just a few. Here are some of the players I look to for inspiration: 

 

 Marta

Marta

Marta of Brazil is my all time favorite player and has been for as long as I can remember. She was a forward at the Brazilian Olympic team for the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics and won silver both times, and played once more in the London Games 2012. Marta is often compared to soccer legend Pele, and is sometimes referred to as “Pele in Skirts.” Surprisingly, Marta only plays for Brazil for national games. Otherwise, she plays for a club team in Switzerland. She is now 27 years old.  Marta was discovered at age 14 by a team in Brazil called Vasco da Gama, and since then, she has won the FIFA World Player of the Year 5 times in a row (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010). She was awarded the Golden ball at the  2004 FIFA U19 Women’s World Championship. In 2007, she was once again awarded the Golden Ball as the best player and the Golden Boot as the top scorer. She is known all around the world as one of the best female soccer players of all time.

 

 

Messi:

Messi It’s no secret that Argentine legend Lionel Messi is one of the best players in the world. With all the awards he’s won, who would doubt it? He’s won the FIFA World Player of the Year in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012, just to name a few. Often, he is compared to some of the other legends in the soccer world, such as Diego Maradona, Pele, and Zico. Messi is a soccer idol to numerous soccer fans and continues to awe anyone watching him. He has amazing balance while dribbling with the ball at top speed, not to mention that his dribbling skills are unforgettable all on their own. He currently plays for F.C. Barcelona, a team he has been faithful to for many years. 

Neymar:

NeymarNeymar, a forward for Brazil’s national team, is a player who never fails to entertain his audience in a game. Whether it’s the dizzying tricks he uses against his opponents or the seemingly impossible goals he scores, he is a player you’ll love to watch. At 21 years old, he is already being compared to the best players in the world and is said to have a great soccer career ahead of him. He has won a silver medal for the Men’s Olympic Soccer championship game in the London 2012 Olympics and will be playing in the Brazil 2014 World Cup. Recently, Neymar has made a move from Santos, a club team in Brazil, to Barcelona to play among legends like Lionel Messi.

 

 

Cristiano Ronaldo:

CristianoRonaldoCristiano Ronaldo, also commonly known as CR7, is an especially talented midfielder and forward for Portugal and Real Madrid. One of his strengths in soccer is his long shots, including direct free kicks. Through balls are another of his strengths. Often, he’ll use short passes and layoffs to vary the style of play a bit. He is also very strong in his dribbling technique. He was the first player to win all four PFA and WFA awards, doing so in 2007. CR7 became the most expensive soccer player in history after moving from Manchester United to Real Madrid in a transfer worth 80 million euros. After his transfer to Real Madrid in 2009, in his second season, Ronaldo became the highest goal scorer in one season in the history of Real Madrid, scoring 53 goals.

 

 

Alex Morgan:

Alex MorganAlex Morgan, an amazing forward on the United States Women’s National Team, is another of my idols. She was born in California. Surprisingly, Alex didn’t start playing soccer until she was fourteen years old, and was noticed by professional coaches at around the same time. She is now 23 years old and has won an Olympic Gold medal for the United States at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The London 2012 Olympics was her first one. Alex gave the United States the win against Canada in the finals of the Women’s Olympic Soccer.

Marcelo:

MarceloAs a left defender and midfielder for Brazil’s national team, Marcelo knows how to wow his audience, despite his position at the back of the field. Marcelo knows how to create key passes in a game to create an attack up the field. He’ll make a few powerful runs a game up the field to help assist and score goals, and can be just as good of an attacker as he can a defender. Marcelo was discovered by professional coaches at age thirteen, and when he was 19 years old, he left Brazil to play for Real Madrid. Since the move to Real Madrid, his team has won the Spanish League twice (2007 and 2008),the Spanish Cup (2011), and the Copa Del Rey (2011). He has also played in two Olympic Games and won a bronze medal for the Men’s Olympic Soccer Championship in 2008 and a silver medal in the London 2012 Games.