The 2014 season for soccer was one of the most exciting in recent history. Not only were major world teams such as the Manchester United, Real Madrid, Bayern Muchen and Argentina creating a lot of excitiment and fun; individual soccer stars such as Andres Iniesta, Cristiano Ronaldo and Arjen Robben helped to make it an unforgettable year as well. Here is a list of the top football players in 2014.

1. Lionel Messi

He is considered by many people to be the greatest soccer player of all time. Soccer fans also consider him to be a living legand. Messi’s skill and ability is supposedly even greater than Pele who is considered the reigning champion of the soccer world. He plays the position of forward and their are few people in the sport that can match his aptitude for the game. Messi is the first football player in history to win four FIFA/Ballons d’Or. This award is a high honor for players to achieve. He won this consecutively for four years in a row. His overall performance was lacking in 2014 but he still managed to dazzle and amaze crowds with his outstanding ability.

2. Cristiano Ronaldo

While Lionel Messi by the greatest, Cristiano Ronaldo is certainly on his heels. Ronaldo is considered the third highest paid football competitor in the world. This Portuguese forward plays for Real Madrid, Spain and some people are even hinting that he might be as good as Messi. He also won the FIFA/Ballon d’Or award for the best footballer in the world in 2008 and again in 2013. He has amassed a total of 40 goals in a single season for two strait years in a row. He has won numerous awards and honors over the years. Though he is approaching 30 he is still showing no signs of slowing down.

3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was a high scorer in 2014 for his team Paris Saint-Germain. A total of 41 goals during the season. While he is actually ranked below just a few other players in the league he is considered Swedens best player. He is considered one of the best players in the game and Ibranhimovic has a bicycle kick that won him the honor of Goal of the Year in 2013. While Ibrahimovic might be passing his prime many people think that he is still getting better with time.

4. Manuel Neuer

Manuel Neurer is considered the best goalkeeper in the world. He has helped his team Bayern Munich to win the world cup in 2014 and he won the Golden Glove for his effort. Neurer is in his prime and is continuing to game more fame notoriety as a highly rated goal keeper.

5. Thiago Silva

Thiago Silva is a top rated defender that plays for the team Paris Saint-Germain. He skills are so impressive that he is considered one of the top players in the world at this position. He has won numerous awards and honors for his efforts with Paris Saint-German.

6. Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez of FC Barcelona might be a controversial football figure to some people he is one of the best footballers to in the world. He plays the position of Striker for FC Barcelona and has been given honors and awards for his efforts. He is considered one of the top players in the Netherlands. He also has the ability to win games on his own. These are some of the highest rated football players in 2014 and they will probably continue to dazzle fans and spectators in 2015.