In soccer, the best wingers in the world are the attacking midfielders in a wide position. As attacking midfielders, these players need an incredible amount of skills to press the defenders of opponent teams.
From speed and agility to dribbling and crossing abilities, they need skills to fulfill their role. Their role has developed more than creating and scoring in modern soccer scenarios.
They play a considerable contribution in assisting and winning the game. Today, this article looks at some of these talented wingers in soccer.
These players possess the skills and trickery that make them their team’s great playmakers. However, they act as a threat to the opponent team.
So let us look together at some of the best wingers in football.
10 Best Wingers In The World Of Soccer
We have compiled the list with references from internet sources like FourFourTwo. But first, let us look at the overall ranking’s preview in the table below.
|10. Federico Chiesa||Juventus|
|9. Serge Gnabry||Bayern Munich|
|8. Raheem Sterling||Chelsea|
|7. Neymar Jr||Paris Saint-Germain|
|6. Leroy Sane||Bayern Munich|
|5. Riyad Mahrez||Manchester City|
|4. Kylian Mbappe||Paris Saint-Germain|
|3. Sadio Mane||Liverpool|
|2. Vinicius Jr||Real Madrid|
|1. Mohamed Salah||Liverpool|
10. Federico Chiesa
On number 10 of the best wingers in the world, we have Federico Chiesa. He is a 25 year-old Italian professional player who plays for the Serie A club, Juventus. Juventus signed the winger for 3 years after having him on loan from Fiorentina.
Chiesa started his soccer career with the Settignanese youth academy in 2002. Then he was in the Fiorentina youth system from 2007 to 2016. He made his senior debut with Fiorentina in 2016.
Similarly, he made his national team debut in the 2015 UEFA Euro Under-19 Championship in Germany. Chiesa has also represented his country in Under-20, Under-21, and senior national teams.
In the 2021-22 UEFA Champion League, Chiesa scored a winning goal in a 1-0 home win against the titleholder Chelsea in a group stage match.
His stats for the 22/23 season:
Serie A: In the Italian League, Chiesa made 2 appearances and only managed to make 1 assist.
Champions League: In the UEFA Champions League, he only played for one game and did not manage to score a goal.
Sadly, he will not be present at the Qatar World Cup 2022 as the Italian national team did not qualify for the World Cup.
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9. Serge Gnabry
Serge Gnarby is a 27 year-old German professional soccer player for the Bundesliga club, Bayern Munich. He made his professional debut in 2013 with Arsenal.
While being signed by Arsenal, he was loaned to the West Bromwich Albion. On August 31, 2016, Werder Bremen signed Gnabry.
And then, on July 1, 2017, Bayern Munich signed him for $8.29 million.
He was loaned to 1899 Hoffenheim for the 2017-18 season.
He has made appearances in the national team from Under-16 to Under-21, except for the Under-20 division. Gnabry made his senior international debut in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification match in 2016.
His stats for the 22/23 season:
Bundesliga: Serge made 15 appearances, 8 goals and 4 assists so far.
Champions League: He scored 1 goal and 3 assists in 5 games in the UEFA champions league.
DFB-Pokal: Gnabry played 2 games but was not able to score any goal, but he did manage to make 2 assists.
DFL-Supercup: The winger managed to score 1 goal and make 1 assist in 1 appearance in the Supercup.
He is included in the 26-man squad of the German national team for the Qatar World Cup 2022.
8. Raheem Sterling
We have Raheem Sterling, an English professional winger on number 8 of the best wingers in the world. The 28 year-old player plays for the Premier League club Manchester City and the England national team.
He was also part of the Queens Park Rangers and Liverpool youth academy before making his senior debut in 2012. In 2015, Manchester City signed Sterling for $66.03 million.
It was the highest transfer fee ever paid for an English player at the time.
Sterling was named PFA Premier League Team of the Year in the 2018-19 season. Similarly, he also won the PFA Young Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year in the same year.
In 2009, he made his national team debut for the Under-16 division. He also played in the Under-17, Under-19, and Under-21 divisions. Sterling made his senior national team debut in 2012.
His Stat for the 22/23 season
Premier League: Raheem netted the ball 3 times and made 3 assists in his 12 appearance in the league.
Champions League: In his 6 appearances in the UEFA Champions League so far, he managed to score 2 goals and make 1 assist.
EFL Cup: Sterling was goalless in the competition as he only appeared in 1 game for 22 minutes.
7. Neymar Jr
On number 7 of the best wingers in the world, we have Brazilian star soccer player Neymar Jr. Considered a versatile player, the 31 year-old prolific goal-scorer is widely regarded as one of the best players in the world.
Neymar was twice named the South American Footballer of the Year in 2011 and 2012 with Santos. In 2013, Barcelona signed him, who became one of Barca’s attacking trio with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.
On August 3, 2017, he was signed by PSG for a record-breaking amount of around $230 million.
His dribbling skills, tricks, and playmaking ability often lead to his comparison with Ronaldinho. He has been described as “a true phenomenon” in soccer.
Neymar’s stat at PSG for the 22/23 season:
Ligue 1: The MNN trio at PSG is having a great season at PSG. Neymar alone has scored 11 times and made 9 assists in his 14 appearances for the club.
Champions League: In his 5 appearances in the champions league, he scored 2 goals and assisted for 3 times.
Trophee des Champions: Neymar scored 2 goals in his 1 appearance.
Neymar is called up for the National duty at the Qatar World Cup. He will be looking forward to winning the Cup this time.
6. Leroy Sane
Leroy Sane is our sixth pick for the best wingers in the world. The 27 year-old German winger plays for the Bundesliga club Bayern Munich and the German national team.
Sane was with Schalke 04 from 2014 to 2016. In 2016, Manchester City signed him for an initial $44 million fee. He was voted PFA Young Player of the Year the following season and became the only German player to win the award.
He helped City to win the Premier League and EFL Cup. Sane made his senior debut for the national team in 2015 and was part of the semi-finals of the UEFA Euro Cup 2016.
In 2020, Bayern Munich signed him on a five-year deal for an initial $50.08 million. In the 2020-21 season, Sane scored his first Champions League goal for Munich.
Sane’s stats for the 22/23 season:
Bundesliga: In his 13 appearances in the league, he scored 5 goals and 3 assists.
Champions League: Sane, in the champions league, appeared for 4 times scoring 4 goals and making 2 assists.
DFB-Pokal: In this competition, he did not score any goals but did make an assist in his 1 appearance.
DFL-Supercup: He scored a goal in 1 game in DFL-Supercup.
Sane did make it on the list of 26-man squad of the German national team for the Qatar World Cup.
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5. Riyad Mahrez
On number 5 of the best winger globally, we have Riyad Mahrez. He is a 32 year-old Algerian player for the Premier League club, Manchester City, and captain for the Algeria national team.
Mahrez started his soccer career with AAS Sarcelles youth academy from 2004 to 2009. His professional senior year debut was in 2009 with Quimper. In 2010, he was signed by Le Havre.
In 2014, Leicester City signed Mahrez. He helped the club be promoted to the Premier League at the end of his first season.
It made Mahrez the most expensive African soccer player, City’s most expensive signing, and a record transfer fee ($70.28 million) received by Leicester City.
In 2022, he captained Algeria at the delayed 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.
Riyad Mahrez’s stat for the 22/23 season:
Premier League: Mahrez only managed to score 1 goal in 9 caps for the team in the league.
Champions League: In 6 games, he scored 2 goals and made an assist.
Community Shield: He was not able to score any goals in his 1 appearance in this competition.
EFL Cup: Riyad, in his 1 appearance managed to score 1 goal.
He will not be playing in the Qatar World Cup. Algeria’s national team could not qualify for the World Cup as they only won 1 game against Cameroon in the qualifiers.
4. Kylian Mbappe
Kylian Mbappe is a 24 year-old French professional player who plays for the Ligue 1 club, Paris Saint-Germain. Known for his dribbling, speed, and finishing ability, he is considered one of the best players in the world.
Mbappe’s national team debut was in the Under-17 division. He won a Ligue 1 title, Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year, and the Golden Boy award with Monaco. In 2018, he was signed by Paris Saint-Germain for $186.6 million plus add-ons.
As a result, he became the second-most expensive player and most expensive teenager. After signing for Saint-Germain, Mbappe won four Ligue 1 titles and three Coupe de France titles.
In the 2018 FIFA World Cup, he became the youngest French player to score at a World Cup. Similarly, Mbappe is the second-highest goalscorer in the club’s history.
He was a top goal scorer in Ligue 1 in the seasons 19/20, 20/21, and 21/22.
Mbappe’s 22/23 season stats:
Ligue 1: In his 14 appearances in the league, he scored 12 goals and assisted 2 times.
Champions League: Mbappe found the back of the net 7 times in 6 games so far.
In the World Cup, Kylian scored 4 goals in 7 caps. As he is included in the squad of the France national team for Qatar World Cup, he might add numbers to his current World Cup stats.
3. Sadio Mane
On number 3 of the best wingers in soccer, we have 31 year-old Senegalese professional winger Sadio Mane. He plays for the Bundesliga club Bayern Munich and Senegal national team.
Mane won a league and cups domestic double in Salzburg’s 2013-14 season. Southampton signed him for a club-record fee of $14.08 million, and he set a new Premier League record for the fastest hat trick with the club.
In 2016, Liverpool signed Mane for a five-year contract worth $40.04 million. It made him the most expensive African player in history at the time. He helped the club to win UEFA Champions League in 2018 and 2019 back-to-back.
Likewise, Mane also finished as the league’s joint-top goal scorer in the 2018-19 season and won the Premier League, Golden Boot. He also represented his national team at the 2012 Olympics.
On July 1, 2022, Bayern Munich signed the winger for around $33.1 million for 3 years.
Sadio’s current season stats:
Bundesliga: In the league, Mane scored 6 goals and 3 assists in 14 appearances.
Champions League: He found the back of the net 3 times in 6 games, and he was able to make 1 assist.
DFB-Pokal: In 2 appearances, he scored 1 goal.
DFL-Supercup: Sadio Mane appeared for 1 game in the Supercup and scored 1 goal.
Though Senegal is qualified for the Qatar World Cup, Sadio Mane will not be available for the World Cup since he has an inflamed fibula. He was injured in the match against Werder Bremen.
2. Vinicius Jr
On number 2 of the best wingers, we have 22 year-old Brazilian winger for Spanish club Real Madrid and Brazil’s national team, Vinicius Jr. He made his professional debut with Flamengo in 2017.
Before his debut, from 2005 to 2017, Vinicius Jr was part of the Flamengo youth academy. Meanwhile, his national team debut was in 2015 for the Brazilian Under-15 team for the South American U-15 Championship.
Similarly, he has also appeared for Under-17, Under-20, and senior teams. In 2018, Vinicius was transferred to Madrid. He signed a national record for an Under-18, $46.65 million deal with the team.
In 2019, Vinicus Jr scored his first goal in the UEFA Champions League. It contributed to the 3-1 score to win against Club Brugge in the 2019-20 season.
Likewise, he made 29 appearances during the league season in 2020 and scored three goals. He also contributed to Madrid’s 2019-20 La Liga win. Vinicus Jr is regarded as a promising young player with dynamic abilities.
Vini’s 22/23 season stats:
La Liga: In the Spanish league, Vinicius made 14 appearances scoring 6 goals and 3 assists.
Champions League: He scored 4 goals in 6 caps in the UEFA champions league.
UEFA Super Cup: In the super cup, he played 1 game and was able to make 1 assist.
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1. Mohamed Salah
Our number 1 best winger, we have 30 year-old Egyptian soccer player Mohamed Salah. He plays for the Premier League club Liverpool and is also captain of the Egypt national team.
Salah is considered one of the best players globally and the most outstanding African player. Before his senior debut, he was part of the youth academy from 2004 to 2010.
In 2010, he made his senior debut with Al Mokawloon. Similarly, Salah made his national debut for the national team in the Under-20 division. Before he departed from Al Mokawloon, he won two Swiss Super League titles.
Since his debut, Salah has been signed by Basel, Chelsea, Roma, and Liverpool. Liverpool signed him for the then club-record soccer transfer worth $43.54 million.
He became the most expensive Egyptian player of all time. Since then, Salah has won Premier League, UEFA Champions League, the League Cup, and the Premier League Golden Boot twice.
Salah is Liverpool’s ninth-highest all-time top goal scorer. Furthermore, he holds the record for most Premier League goal scores. For his performance in the 2012 Summer Olympics, he was named CAF Most Promising African Talent of the Year.
His stats for the 22/23 season:
Premier League: In his 14 appearances, he found the back of the net 6 times and made 3 assists.
Champions League: In the UEFA champions league, he scored 7 goals and made 1 assist in 6 appearances.
Community Shield: In 1 game, he managed to assist and score once.
Since Egypt did not qualify for the World Cup 2022. We will not be seeing Salah’s magic in Qatar.
The wingers may play an aggressive role; however, there are times when they have to depend on their teammates during crucial times. They have a pivotal role in leading the team to victory.
The winger’s role will become more challenging as soccer evolves with time. In the future, their role may further develop. Nonetheless, these players undoubtedly possess some of the incredible skills in the soccer world.
[All the above-mentioned stats of the players are as of November 18, 2022]