Top 25 Best Soccer Players Right Now in The World

23. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)

Karim Benzema has enjoyed a decorated career — from his club ventures to starring for the French National Team. Yet, he still seems to be wildly underrated and underappreciated. At nearly 34 years of age, you can make a strong argument that Benzema is still a top-five No. 9 in the world today.

We could talk about Benzema’s innate strength when bullying defenders off of him. He’s naturally a powerful player, and is quite sophisticated with the lightness of his feet. With that said, Benzema is far more nuanced than given credit for. He’s deft at making brilliant runs — whether for himself or opening up space for teammates. His understanding spatially is simply sublime. It’s why he’s accrued 9 goals and 7 assists through only 10 La Liga matches thus far (as of Nov. 2).

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