Wingers are slowly becoming a dying breed in world football. In earlier days, wingers would be the key outlet for teams’ attacking moves. They would offer the most threat and penetration. Moreover, they would also be responsible for a lot of chance creation. But over the years, with the rise of fullbacks and central players, wingers have become less essential.
Despite this, there are still some lethal wingers in the world. To be clear, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo do not count in this exercise. Messi practically plays in a free roam position and Ronaldo is more of a modified striker. There are pure wingers that cause immense damage. Thus, here are the three best wingers in the footballing world.
Player #1: Neymar Jr.
Neymar Jr also plays in a free role but due to Mbappe, he is still technically a winger. Thus, he is easily the best winger in the world. This player has the best dribbling skills in the world. Moreover, he can destroy opposing defences within seconds on his own. Neymar can provide the most exquisite of passes, score the most amazing of goals, and entertain fans with his amazing dribbling tricks. Hence, Neymar Jr is easily the best winger in the world with 18 goals and 10 assists in a season full of injuries for him.
Player #2: Mohammed Salah
Salah is a big part of Liverpool‘s turnaround. He is often the best player on the pitch when Liverpool take the field. Salah impacts the game in many different ways. Many argue that if not for Salah’s injury in the 2018 Champions League final, Liverpool would have defeated Real Madrid. Nonetheless, Salah is lethal for arguably the best Premier League team ever in 2019/20.
With 20 goals and 9 assists, Salah is in great form. He forms a great combination with Firmino and Mane. His ability to dribble past defenders, cut inside, and create space is responsible for many goals for the team. The only frustrating thing about him is his lackadaisical finishing at times but he is still the 2nd best winger in the world.
Player #3: Jadon Sancho
Jadon Sancho might not be as accomplished as the other wingers in the world, but he has been top 3 this season. Many have earmarked Sancho as a future Ballon D’or winner. This is because he has 20 goals and 20 assists already in his Age 20 season. Electric pace, great dribbling, exquisite passing, and an eye for goal make Sancho one of the best wingers in the world already with much room to grow.