Here at HITC Sevens, we look everywhere for sevens. There are seven seas on the planet Earth, there are seven classic wonders of the world and Snow White had seven dwarves. Sadly, however, none of them are very applicable for a football-based YouTube channel.
One that we thought might be though, is that there are seven continents in the world, so we thought we’d have a bash at naming the best player from each one of them. The list is in no particular order.
Here are the best footballers from each of the 7 continents:
7. Asia - Son Heung-min
We start with Asia as we recently did a video taking a look at the seven best Asian footballers, which was topped by Tottenham forward Son Heung-min. There are a number of talented Asian footballers, from Shinji Kagawa to Omar Abdulrahman, but we think Son is comfortably the pick of the bunch. Quick, intelligent and technical, Son can play anywhere across the frontline. Currently in his third season with Tottenham, the South Korean international has averaged better than a goal every three games, which is especially impressive since many of those appearances were off the bench.
6. Africa - Mo Salah
Mohamed Salah of Liverpool in action during the Premier League match between Liverpool and AFC Bournemouth at Anfield on April 14, 2018 in Liverpool, England.
Possibly the easiest selection in this seven, Mo Salah is without peer when it comes to African footballers in the world right now. We will be polite and mention the likes of Sadio Mane, Riyad Mahrez and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but quite frankly, there was only one winner here. Unlike some of the others to feature here, Salah hasn’t been the continent's standout player for years, but his form this season has been sensational. He has scored 38 goals in 42 games in his first season at Liverpool, was instrumental in taking Egypt to the World Cup and will almost certainly win the Premier League Golden Boot.
5. Europe - Cristiano Ronaldo
Yet another easy decision, there’s not been anything too controversial in this seven just yet. Europe is the continent where football originated, and it still rules the roost in terms of the club game. Some European players we could mention include world class goalkeepers Manuel Neuer and David de Gea, brilliant Belgian playmaker Kevin de Bruyne and centre-forwards like Robert Lewandowski and Harry Kane. They are all very good footballers, but none are anywhere near Cristiano Ronaldo, who at the age of 33 is still putting the best teams in the world to the sword on the biggest stage.
Ronaldo is just a freak in terms of his numbers, his consistency and his longevity. It’s ten years since he won his first Ballon d’Or, and he has scored 445 goals in 430 games since joining Real Madrid in 2009.
4. North America - Keylor Navas
Real Madrid's Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas reacts during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg football match between Real Madrid CF and Juventus FC at the Santiago...
Finally, with the fourth continent in this seven, we have a debatable winner. North America isn’t exactly a hotbed of footballing greatness, and their three highest ranked countries are Mexico, the USA and Costa Rica. Mexicans could make a good case for Hirving Lozano, Americans could point to Christian Pulisic, and Jamaicans could even throw Leon Bailey’s name into the hat. Our choice though, is Costa Rica’s Keylor Navas. What sets Navas apart, is that he is doing it at the very highest level. He is the first choice goalkeeper for the team that has won the last two Champions Leagues, and he is in fine form right now.
3. South America - Lionel Messi
Moving down from North to South America, and we’re back to a decision which required less than a fraction of a seconds thought. Lionel Messi has, in our opinion, now overtaken Pele as the greatest footballer to have ever lived. Just like Ronaldo, his longevity and consistently ridiculous numbers are practically laughable. Messi is technically outstanding, his ability on the ball is second to none and despite being the most prolific footballer of his generation, he’s actually remarkably unselfish.
Despite criticisms of his form on the international stage, Messi is Argentina’s all time leading scorer, was named player of the tournament at the last World Cup and almost single-handedly ensured that his country qualified for this summers finals in Russia. Sergio Aguero, Alexis Sanchez and Neymar may deserve honourable mentions, but in truth, they never stood a chance.
2. Australasia/Oceania - Aaron Mooy
Etienne Capoue of Watford crosses the ball under pressure from Aaron Mooy of Huddersfield Town during the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and Watford at John Smith's Stadium...
From Lionel Messi to Aaron Mooy, we’re big fans of the Huddersfield Town midfielder, but the centralisation of talent in Europe and South America is clear to see. The somewhat confusing continent of Australasia, which we have twinned with the region known as the Oceania, only really has Australia and New Zealand with any genuine footballing talent. New Zealand can offer Chris Wood and Winston Reid, whilst Australia have Matthew Leckie and Tom Rogic, but Aaron Mooy is the pick of the bunch. A linchpin in David Wagner’s Huddersfield team, Mooy is an intelligent footballer with a good range of passing and a potentially lethal long shot. He takes this one.
1. Antarctica - Steve Freeze
Whilst the selections of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t take much consideration, there was no easier decision than Antarctica’s star man. Touted for greatness from a young age, Steve Freeze was named as Palmer Land Young Player of the Year back in 2005, and he hasn’t disappointed. Having begun his career as a flying attacking midfielder, Steve is now a world class deep-lying playmaker who dominates games on a regular basis. An eleven-time Antarctic Peninsula Ballon d’Or winner, Freeze has scored 88 goals in 37 games from midfield this season.
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