Ranking the 40 Best Soccer Players in the World Today

35. Lorenzo Insigne: Napoli/Italy

Despite standing only 5-foot-4, the Italian striker is an elite playmaker. His diminutive stature allows for him to sneak through the proverbial cracks of the opposing defensive alignment. He loves exploiting the space between the midfield and the backline. While playing on the left is preferred, Insigne is more than comfortable when tucking inside behind the target striker.

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34. Raphael Varane: Real Madrid/France

Varane is one of the most gifted stalwart defenders in La Liga. The French international swallows up opposing attacks like a kid inhaling a bowl of fruit loops. Powerful yet poised, Varane is truly an exceptional player. The 25-year-old will likely command France’s backline for the foreseeable future.

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