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Friday, May 27, 2011

They are young, very young. Yet, the whole world know their names like ABCD

Lionel Messi - who needs introduction to this extraordinary man? At just 23 years of age, Lionel Messi seems like he has been playing since the days of Diego Maradona, Pele, Kenny Dalglish, George Best and other legends who have graced the beautiful game, only that he has outlasted them. Opinion is as divided as the way the Argentine divides opposing defenders on whether he is the greatest or among the greatest to have stepped on a football pitch. But everyone agrees that he’s the best of his generation. He dazzles and mesmerizes in equal measure and with over 56 individual honours (including two FIFA Ballon d’Or and 5 Footballer of the Year of Argentina) to his name, it’s no surprise that everyone knows about the pint-sized 5 ft 7 Argentine whose nicknames range from El Messiah to La Pulga Atómica (The Atomic Flea) to El Capitan Pulga to Maradonita to Messidona to El Mesias. When I grow up, I want to be like Messi.

Sergio Aguero – Kun Aguero remains one of the most talked about and sought-after players today. Not because he has a son with Diego Maradona's daughter Giannina Maradona, but because of the fine player he is. At only 22-years, the Atletico Madrid and Argentina forward’s name seems quite as familiar as that of his father-in-law. And having declared his interest in leaving Los Colchoneros in the summer, the scramble to have an Aguero in a club’s rank is truly on.

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro – It will almost be an insult and disrespectful to mention Lionel Messi and fail to talk about the most loved (and hated) player of world in CR7. So fierce is the rivalry between these two of the best players in modern football and the fact that they play for Barca and Madrid compounds the problem. The 26-year-old Portuguese, whose contract is worth €11 million per year and a €1 billion buy-out clause, is the most expensive player in football history having moved from Manchester United to Real Madrid in a transfer deal worth £80 million. He currently has about fifty individual honours hence it’s little wonder that he seems to have the whole world screaming his name like Adidas balls do under his feet.

Mario Balotelli - Mario Barwuah Balotelli (born 12 August 1990) is a ‘professional’ Italian footballer who plays as a striker for Manchester City and the Italian national team. This is what Wikipedia says about Super Mario. I put the quotation marks on the word “professional” because this guy isn’t one. He’s a prodigious footballer all right, but it is what else he does on the pitch besides playing that has earned Mario a spot in this article. Nobody doubts about his talent. However, he is always consistent with inconsistency on the field while off it, he is consistent with being on the wrong side of the headlines. From flicking his middle finger – consistently - to gambling to car crashes to swearing on live TV to racking up thousands of pounds in parking fines, his is an endless soap opera. Read more here and you’ll know why at only twenty years, this son of Ghanaian immigrants is one of the most known footballers today, albeit for wrong reasons.

Gareth Bale – 21 years, plays for Tottenham in England
Cesc Fabregas – 24 years, plays for Arsenal in England
Luis Suarez – 24 years, plays for Liverpool in England
Romelu Lukaku – 18 years and plays for Anderlecht in Belgium
Mesut Ozil – 22 years, plays for Real Madrid in Spain

And That's thesteifmastertake!!