The role of wingers in a football match cannot be overemphasized. They play on either flank jostling between the defence and attack. Most wingers can serve as wing-backs (who are more defensive) while the others are more offensive wingers who usually receive the ball close to the side line, dribbles, cuts inside to shoot or crosses the ball. For wingers to contribute adequately, they must have high speed, be skillful and good at dribbling. Some of the best wingers to have played include the likes of Arjen Robben, Frank Ribery, Robinho, Ronaldinho, and Jesus Navas.
Here at the top five best wingers in football for 2021.
1. Mohammed Salah – Liverpool
The Egyptian King as he is fondly called, has established himself as one the top wingers in football. Mo Salah has played as a winger for both Chelsea and Liverpool, both sparked to life under Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool. He has been in terrific form for Liverpool in 2021, scoring and assisting crucial goals for his club. Although he has been played as a centre-forward for Liverpool a times this season, most of his goals has come from playing as a right winger.
Salah is a very speedy winger who loves to take on defenders, cut inside and shoot. He is also a pretty decent dribbler and a lethal goalscorer.
2. Kylian Mbappe – PSG
Mbappe is surely a great player in the making. He has the speed, movement and touch that can penetrate any defence. So far, he has scored 31 goals for PSG this season and assisted another 10. He is also the top scorer in Ligue 1. He is a versatile player who can play on either flank due to his ability to use both feet. He is creative with the ball at his feet with an excellent dribbling ability. He is a dangerous offensive threat on counterattacks.
3. Serge Gnabry – Bayern Munich
Serge Gnabry has rose to become a top-rated player, and one of the best wingers in the world this season. The 25-year-old German international is good with his passing. He has electrifying speed and creative on the pitch. He helped Bayern Munich in the 2019/20 Champions League season, scoring six goals and assisting one. His dribbling skills and balance allow him to take on opponents. He has the ability to retain possession. He plays more as a left-winger, but he can also be used as an attacking midfielder or second striker.
4. Sadio Mane – Liverpool
The Senegalese contributed in no small measure to his side winning the Champions League last season. He was part of the 10-man shortlist for the Best FIFA Men’s Player. He scored twice in the 2019 UEFA Super Cup against Chelsea. He won the Premier League Golden Boot for last season. He has a total of 115 goals for both club and country. He is very speedy and has a good balance. His shots can be fierce, and he can take on defenders.
5. Raheem Sterling – Manchester City
Sterling has no doubt been prolific for Manchester City. The English winger is one of the important players for Pep Guardiola’s side. The left-winger has brought more to Manchester City’s attack with goals and assists. He helped his team reached the semifinal of the Champions League last season. He is a great dribbler and can take on defenders. The former Liverpool winger has finely established himself as one of the most prolific wingers in football.
- Heung-Min Son – Tottenham Hotspurs
- Jadon Sancho – Dortmund
- Wilfred Zaha – Crystal Palace
- Nicolas Pepe – Arsenal
- Angel Di Maria – PSG
- Adama Traore – Wolves
- Nabil Fekir – Real Betis
- Jeremie Boga – Sassuolo
- Neymar – PSG
- Ousmane Dembele – Barcelona