The Greatest Footballers of the 2020s



No.3 Riyad Mahrez

The first Algerian footballer to win the Premier League, Riyad Mahrez came to prominence after Leicester City secured his signing from that French hotbed of young talent, Le Havre. He would go on to become the Foxes creative lynchpin as the club stunned the footballing world with their 2016 triumph, his skill on the wing providing countless assists and goals along the way. His performances prompted a £60m move to Manchester City in 2018, becoming the most expensive African footballer ever as well City's record transfer fee at the time. Whilst other players may have taken most of the plaudits since his move there, Mahrez has remained one of the club's most consistent and effective players, continuing to wreak havoc down the wing and delivering match-winning performances just when they needed it.



No.2 Sadio Mané

With his pace, work-rate and all-action style, it's no wonder that Sadio Mané's became such a huge fan-favourite during his six years with Liverpool. Usually found on the left side of a front three, where he could use his pace and directness to great effect, Mane was also adaptable enough to play down the centre if need be, and his energy and pressing were ideally suited to Jürgen Klopp's tactics. When he left Anfield for Bayern Munich in the summer of 2022 Mane had won one medal for every trophy going, whilst internationally he helped Senegal to Africa Cup of Nations glory in 2022 with victory over his Liverpool team-mate Mo Salah's Egyptian side.



No.1 Mo Salah

Quick, agile, skillfull, clever, and with the sort of tight dribbling style where the ball appears to be stuck to his boots, Mo Salah is undoubtedly one of the greatest footballing talents of recent years.

Playing either on the right wing and cutting onto his favoured left foot, or down the middle, the Egyptian started out as a creator of goals but in the second half of his career also became a great goal-scorer, his stats with Roma, Liverpool and the Egyptian national team at a scale that most specialist centre-forwards would be envious of.