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2016 has been one hell of a ride for football fans all around the world. The nail-biting matches between some of the biggest teams in club and international football ensured that a majority of the global footballing heroes lived up to their names. Leicester City’s astonishing rise to the helm of English Football, a whole lot of exciting matches in the Champions League, followed by Portugal’s triumphant Euro 2016 campaign, and not to mention the tumultuous summer transfer window, are some the numerous events that caught the eye of the footballing masses. As the year comes to an end, we take a look at the elite group of players who have proven themselves worthy of being included in the list of the best players in the world:

As the year comes to an end, we take a look at the elite group of players who have proven themselves worthy of being included in the list of the best players in the world:

5. Zlatan Ibrahimovic:

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There are very few people in the world whose sheer persona is more than enough to hold them in awe. Manchester United superstar, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, surely ranks amongst the best of these people. The 35-year-old striker’s tally of 49 goals so far this year has been nothing short of phenomenal, thus proving that age is just a number for people like him. Only Lionel Messi, with 59 goals, is ahead of Ibrahimovic. Zlatan has netted 10 times in his last 9 games, taking his total to 16 goals for the Red Devils. In addition to the 33, he scored for PSG in the first half of the year.

He played almost every game for United and has been on the field till the final whistle for almost all. This essentially underscores the fitness level of a player who is supposedly nearing the end of his playing days. As was rightly put by Ibrahimovic himself in a recent interview, ” Even if I am 35, in my mind, I am 20. I think I can play also at 50. But the older I get, the better – like the wine.”

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