How the Guardian ranked the 100 finest male footballers on the planet 2022 | Soccer –

How the Guardian ranked the 100 finest male footballers on the planet 2022 | Soccer

It is a bit later than regular – as a consequence of a World Cup that completed in December – however this week we’re able to current our listing of the 100 finest male footballers on the planet in 2022. Soccer luminaries resembling Maicon, Fatih Terim and Avram Grant joined the judges’ panel for our eleventh version.

Former gamers resembling Jan Åge Fjørtoft and Ricardo Rocha additionally be a part of a choice of coaches, broadcasters, reporters, correspondents and editors from world wide to type a knowledgable and really world jury.

The 14 present and former professionals have gained a mixed 558 worldwide caps.

The countdown begins at 09.00 GMT on Tuesday 24 January with numbers 100-71. On Wednesday we’ll reveal numbers 70-41, on Thursday 40-11 earlier than the highest 10 on Friday completes this yr’s listing.

The highest 100 guidelines are defined beneath the listing of judges. The judges are listed in alphabetical order by class.


Patrik Andersson Former Sweden worldwide who gained 96 caps and performed on the 1994 and 2002 World Cups
Rune Bratseth Former Norway worldwide with 60 caps who captained his nation on the 1994 World Cup
Gilles De Bilde Former Belgium worldwide with 25 caps
Erik Edman Former Sweden worldwide with 57 caps who performed on the 2006 World Cup
Jan Åge Fjørtoft Former Norway worldwide with 71 caps who performed on the 1994 World Cup
Maicon Former Brazil worldwide with 76 caps who performed on the 2010 and 2014 World Cups
Janusz Michallik Former US worldwide and ESPN soccer analyst
Juninho Pernambucano Former Brazil worldwide with 40 caps who performed on the 2006 World Cup

Juninho Pernambucano celebrates scoring for Brazil against Japan at the 2006 World Cup.
Juninho Pernambucano celebrates scoring for Brazil towards Japan on the 2006 World Cup. {Photograph}: John Sibley/Motion Photos/Reuters

Ricardo Rocha Former Brazil worldwide with 38 caps who gained the World Cup in 1994
Aymen Tahar Algerian midfielder who performed for Boavista amongst others
Frédéric Waseige Former midfielder who gained the Belgian Cup and League Cup with FC Liège and is now a TV pundit

Coaches and technical workers

Fatih Terim Former Milan, Galatasaray and Turkey coach
Avram Grant Former Chelsea, Portsmouth and West Ham supervisor now in control of Zambia
Magnús Már Einarsson Head coach of Afturelding in Iceland


Ed Aarons Deputy information editor, the Guardian
Ahmed Adala Journalist, Radio Mosaïque FM Tunisia
Shireen Ahmed Multi-platform journalist and co-host of the Burn It All Down feminist sports activities podcast
Fares Salem Al-Johani Author at Asharq Al-Awsat Newspaper in Saudi Arabia
Gary Al-Smith African soccer specialist and co-author of LeGyanDary, the official autobiography of Asamoah Gyan
Davit Alaverdyan Chief Editor, Mediamax Media Firm, Armenia
Abdulmohsen Algabbani Soccer editor primarily based in Saudi Arabia
Tobias Altschäffl Chief footballer reporter at Sport-Bild in Germany
Nick Ames Soccer author, the Guardian
Juan Arango Match Commentator and correspondent for Diario Sport (Spain) and AhoraMismo (USA)
Thiago Arantes Movistar+ commentator and UOL columnist
Marcela Mora y Araujo Argentinian soccer author
Emanuele Atturo Soccer journalist at l’Ultimo Uomo
Philippe Auclair Senior author, France Soccer
Nicky Bandini Italian soccer correspondent, the Guardian
Jorge Baravalle ESPN journalist. European Soccer Analyst
John Bennett Broadcaster, BBC World Service & BBC 5 Dwell
Chloe Beresford Content material editor at
Luca Bianchin Soccer author, La Gazzetta dello Sport
Christoph Biermann Soccer author for 11Freunde in Germany
Eduardo Biscayart Commentator on European soccer at Fox Sports activities Mexico and Telemundo (USA)
Andreas Böni Head of soccer at Blick in Switzerland
Anne-Laure Bonnet TV presenter at Téléfoot La Chaine
Andy Brassell European soccer author/broadcaster
Costas Bratsos Soccer author at in Greece
Feargal Brennan Workers author, Soccer España
John Brewin Soccer author, the Guardian
Rodrigo Bueno Soccer journalist and FOX commentator in Brazil
Edgar Cantero Pelota Tata, ESPN
Felipe Cardenas Soccer author on the Athletic, masking MLS in addition to soccer in Mexico and Conmebol
Javier Cáceres Soccer author, Süddeutsche Zeitung
Susy Campanale Workers author, Soccer Italia
Pedro Canelo Journalist at El Comercio in Peru
Antonio Casale Journalist for RCN Radio. Additionally works for ESPN and El Espectador newspaper
Carolina Castellanos Sports activities journalist at RCN Radio and La Titular, reporting and commentating on a number of sports activities
Hernán Castillo Argentinian soccer journalist at TNTSports
Alex Chaffer Supervisor of the official Bundesliga web site
Ivaylo Chilev Soccer journalist and Champions League broadcast producer at bTV Media Group in Bulgaria
Rodolfo Chisleanschi Sports activities journalist for El País (España) and La Nación (Argentina)
Marcus Christenson Soccer particular initiatives editor, the Guardian
Paulo Vinicius Coelho Soccer author and Fox commentator in Brazil

Pedri, seen here celebrating a goal against Real Madrid in the recent Super Cup, finished at No 21 last year. Has he moved up or down?
Pedri, seen right here celebrating a objective towards Actual Madrid within the latest Tremendous Cup, completed at No 21 final yr. Has he moved up or down? {Photograph}: Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty Photos

James Corbett Creator & Senior Correspondent, Off The Pitch
Santiago Cordera Head of content material of juanfutbol, the most important soccer web site in Mexico
Alfredo Coronis Journalist at Sizzling 94.1 FM/Conexión Goleadora
Adriano Del Monte Worldwide TV Presenter (beIN Sports activities, BT Sport, Fifa, Uefa)
Haresh Deol Editor of TwentyTwo13 in Malaysia
Adam Digby Italian soccer author
John Duerden Asian soccer correspondent for the Guardian
Claudia Ekai Freelance sports activities journalist, reporter, producer
Amine El Amri Sports activities journalist at Le Matin in Morocco
Adam Elder US freelance journalist
Kasper Elissaar Editor-in-chief at Soccernet in Estonia
Jeroen Elshoff Soccer commentator NOS Dutch Nationwide tv
Rodrigo Errasti Founding father of Imagosport Comunication & Former sports activities editor chief of the Agencia Colpisa-Vocento in Spain
Alejandro Etcheverry Soccer reporter at BMS Plus radio
Amr Fahmy Journalist working for beIN Sports activities in Egypt
Christian Falk Head of soccer at Sport-Bild in Germany
Babacar Ndaw Faye Author at Emedia in Senegal
Alan Feehely Soccer author for Twenty3
Ryan Fenix TV commentator, Philippines
Martín Fernandez Senior soccer author at Globoesporte in Brazil
Barak Fever ESPN soccer commentator
Oliver Fritsch Sports activities editor of Zeit On-line
Alex Frosio Soccer editor at La Gazzetta dello Sport
Juan Manuel Gavilan TV soccer producer in Peru
Jonas Giaever Sports activities journalist at Dagbladet in Norway
Barry Glendenning Soccer author and Guardian Soccer Weekly common
Fabián Godoy Argentinian/Spanish Commentator and Tactical Analyst at Directv Sports activities, TNT Sports activities and Continental Radio. Correspondent from Argentina at Cadena Cope (Spain).
Bryan Graham Guardian US sports activities journalist
Andreas Hagenauer Soccer journalist at Der Normal
Daniel Harris Sports activities author, the Guardian, and film-maker
Jesper Haue Hansen Soccer reporter at Jyllands-Posten in Denmark
Kevin Hatchard Commentator for Bundesliga world feed, Uefa and talkSPORT
Johannes Hofer Presenter at Sky Sport Austria
Gustavo Hofman Soccer journalist and ESPN commentator in Brazil
Andy Hunter Soccer author, the Guardian
Azmaal Hydoo Head of soccer at Mauritius’s best-selling paper and journal, L’Categorical
David Hytner Chief soccer correspondent, the Guardian
Search engine optimization Hyung-wook MBC TV commentator, Footballist CEO, South Korea
Sasa Ibrulj Bosnian soccer author
Wael Jabir CEO in Dubai

Hakim Ziyech in action for Morocco during the World Cup, where he shone on the country’s way to the semi-final. But will he make the 2022 list after a stop-start year at Chelsea?
Hakim Ziyech in motion for Morocco through the World Cup, the place he shone. However will he make the 2022 listing after a stop-start yr at Chelsea? {Photograph}: Bagu Blanco/Pressinphoto/Shutterstock

Kristian Jack VP, Canadian Premier League. TV/radio host, reporter, author
Behnam Jafarzadeh Deputy editor at, Iran
Ott Järvela Estonian journalist working at, Kuku Raadio and Viaplay
Boris Jovanovic Editor in Chief Sportske.web
Raphaël Jucobin Editor-in-chief, Get French Soccer Information
Eduard Kalantaryan Head of Armenia TV sport
Celestine Karoney Kenyan sports activities journalist
Jamie Kemble Journalist at Soccer España
Ali Khaled Sports activities Editor at Arab Information
André Kfouri Commentator and author for ESPN Brasil
Tom Kludt Soccer journalist primarily based within the US
Pavle Knezevic Reporter at Sportske.web
Ermal Kuka Sports activities journalist at Panorama Sport in Albania
Samindra Kunti Freelance soccer journalist
Cecilia Lagos ESPN correspondent primarily based within the Netherlands
Steven Lavon Sports activities journalist and editor-in-chief of in Lomé, Togo
Joshua Regulation São Paulo-based freelance journalist and editor of the web site Yellow and Inexperienced Soccer
Sergio Levinsky Journalist working for Infobae and Jornada in Argentina in addition to Kicker in Germany
Gianluca Lia Sports activities journalist at Instances of Malta
Fabio Licari Head of worldwide division at Gazzetta delo Sport
Jonathan Liew Sports activities author, the Guardian
Sid Lowe Spanish soccer correspondent for the Guardian
Alexandre Lozetti Commentator and author for Globo
Olof Lundh Swedish soccer author for Fotbollskanalen and Dagens Industri, pundit for TV4 and C Extra and writer
Ben Lyttleton Soccer writer and marketing consultant
Ben Mabley Japan-based tv commentator for J Sports activities, SkyPerfecTV, and DAZN
Jaime F Macias Soccer analyst at BeIN Sports activities USA
Nebojsa Markovic Sports activities journalist at in Serbia
Gergely Marosi Freelance sports activities journalist and soccer author in Hungary
Everaldo Marques TV Globo broadcaster in Brazil
Martin Mazur Argentinian soccer journalist for El Gráfico, FourFourTwo and La Gazzetta dello Sport
Ugur Meleke Hurriyet columnist and BeinSports pundit
Marcus Mergulhao Sports activities Editor, The Instances of India
Colin Millar European soccer author for Mirror Soccer
Filip Mishov Freelance sports activities journalist and soccer author from Macedonia
Tomasz Mortimer Hungarian soccer author
Dmitriy Mostovoy Commentator at Setanta Sports activities in Kazakhstan
Rasim Movsumzadeh Has written for Kicker and The European Soccer Yearbook and has been Azerbaijan’s juror on the Ballon d’Or since 2000
Hassanin Mubarak Soccer author
Daniel Mundim Worldwide soccer journalist at TV Globo
Ricardo Murguía Champions League commentator for TNT Sports activities México
Ewan Murray Scottish soccer correspondent, the Guardian
Hirofumi Nakano Journalist and radio present host in Japan
Sachin Nakrani Soccer author, the Guardian
Mauricio Noriega Brazilian journalist and SporTV commentator
Vladimir Novak Freelance sports activities journalist, soccer author and producer
Hernan O’Donnell Journalist working for Universo Deportivo who has beforehand written for El Gráfico and La Nación
Antonis Oikonomidis Greek freelance soccer author
Oluwashina Okeleji Reporter for BBC Sport, World Soccer and Al Jazeera on-line
Rafael Oliveira Soccer journalist and ESPN commentator in Brazil
Collins Okinyo African soccer journalist and managing editor of
Joseph Owino Founder, Kawowo Sports activities
Álex Pareja Sports activities journalist at ESPN
Juan Carlos Pasman Argentinian journalist who presents his personal exhibits on DirecTV Sports activities and Radio La Pink
Artur Petrosyan Soccer journalist primarily based in Dubai
Ricardo Puig Soccer journalist at ESPN Fuera de Juego
Kieran Quaile Editor at Get Spanish Soccer Information
Thiago Rabelo Brazilian journalist and Guardian contributor
Derek Rae ESPN commentator Bundesliga & La Liga and the Fifa 22 online game
Ali Rea British soccer journalist and content material director for the UAE’s
Marion Reimers Journalist and broadcaster/commentator for TNT Sports activities. Founder and president of Versus
Filippo Maria Ricci Spain correspondent for Gazzetta dello Sport
Roberto Rivera Sports activities commentator and producer together with his personal firm, Gol Goals Movies. Additionally presenter of a present on WAO (radio) and Gol Journal (TV) in Panama
Tom Robinson Senior content material producer at Hudl and South American soccer author, podcaster and scout.
Vitor Sergio Rodrigues Commentator and editor at Esporte Interativo in Brazil
José Armando Rodríguez Editor-in-chief, Deporte Complete USA
Roberto Rojas Paraguayan-American journalist working for beIN Sports activities USA & co-host of the Low Restrict Futbol podcast
Juan Pablo Romero Sports activities journalist at El País in Uruguay
Emanuel Rosu Romanian soccer author
Stephan Roth Reporter at Swiss each day Blick
Jeff Rueter Soccer author for the Athletic
Max Rushden Guardian Soccer Weekly host
Graham Ruthven Soccer journalist primarily based in Scotland
Mina Rzouki Author, presenter and soccer pundit contributing to BBC 5live, BBC Sportsworld, Sky Sports activities, CNN, ESPN and TRT World
Marwan Saeed Operations supervisor of
Emre Sarigul Editor and founding father of
Josué Seixas Brazilian soccer journalist who contributes to The Guardian, Each day Mail and Folha de S. Paulo
Metodi Shumanov Bulgarian soccer author
Vidir Sigurdsson Sports activities editor of Morgunbladid and and writer of the Icelandic Soccer Yearbook
Nacho Silván Co-founder of Imagosport {and professional} soccer analyst
Manos Staramopoulos Chief editor of, Demokratia and Foxssportstories and contributor to and Overfm 104,9
Mojmir Stasko Soccer author for Dennik Sport in Slovakia
Jacob Steinberg Soccer author, Guardian
Nikos Stratis Sports activities author/worldwide soccer analyst/TV presenter/Radio producer at
Keeshaanan Sundaresan Host/Author at Astro SuperSport Malaysia
Saku-Pekka Sundelin Soccer journalist at Ilta-Sanomat
Aet Süvari Estonian soccer reporter
Agris Suveizda Reporter for in Latvia
Jonathan Tannenwald Soccer journalist at Philadelphia Inquirer
Luiz Teixeira TV Globo presenter in Brazil
Mihovil Matter Chief soccer author at Telesport in Croatia
Nuno Travassos Portuguese soccer author at Maisfutebol
Tran Duc Truong Sports activities Journalist, ZingNews, Ho Chi Minh Metropolis, Vietnam
Darren Tulett Presenter at beIN Sports activities in France
Will Unwin Soccer author, the Guardian
Petter Veland Norwegian TV commentator and La Liga knowledgeable for Viasat
Felipe Valderrama Journalist for Caracol Radio and editor of
Ari Virtanen Sports activities journalist at Helsingin Sanomat in Finland
Raúl Vilchis Mexican sports activities journalist primarily based in New York
Bart Vlietstra Dutch soccer journalist working for de Volkskrant and SANTOS journal
Lukas Vrablik Slovakian journalist at Denník N
Ola Wenström Freelance soccer journalist and producer
Greg Wilcox Freelance sports activities journalist and soccer author
Senta Wintner Sports activities author for Austrian each day newspaper Die Presse
Tomasz Wlodarczyk Soccer Journalist,
Carl Worswick Soccer author primarily based in Colombia
Michael Yokhin European soccer author
Bi Yuan Chinese language Soccer Journalist at Titan Sports activities, Beijing
Victor Zaferson Mendoza Soccer scout & analyst primarily based in Peru
Clemens Zavarsky Soccer author for Ballesterer in Austria
Miran Zore Chief editor of Nogomania in Slovenia

How the voting works

The No 1 alternative of every decide was awarded 40 factors, No 2 given 39pts, right down to 1pt for his or her No 40 alternative. All of the votes have been added collectively to provide a uncooked rating.

To minimise the affect of outliers within the listing, the best rating awarded to a participant was then deducted to provide a closing rating.

A participant wanted to obtain votes from a minimum of 5 judges to qualify for the listing.

If gamers are degree on factors within the scoring, the variety of particular person votes solid is used as a tie-breaker.

The person voting breakdown will likely be revealed when the total listing has been revealed.

Voting disclosure

We’re very grateful to our judges for collaborating, and none have been paid for taking part on this mission.

To permit our judges the liberty to specific their opinions with out worry or favour, particular person voting data will likely be anonymised within the full breakdown of scores.

Voters are recognized solely by their class and a quantity chosen at random. The judges’ numbers bear no relation to the alphabetical listing of judges’ names offered above.

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