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The modern-day winger has a lot to think about at both ends of the field, making it one of the most difficult and vital positions in sports. With the overall criteria of judging wingers remaining the same as before, many of them nowadays are evaluated based on their goal-scoring abilities in addition to their dribbling and delivering abilities.
More often than not, many of them are expected to put up a raw pace, defensive shift, and intricate footwork as part of their components of the game. Fortunately, some wingers can outperform all of the above. But who are the top in the world right now?
Top 10 best right wingers in the world as of 2022
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10. Federico Chisea
Coming in at number 10 and opening the list for us is this young talented winger. Before Euro 2020, Federico was unheard of; however, after a brilliant performance in the match of Italy against Austria, he started getting public attention and was shot into the limelight. He scored one goal and was voted man of the game.
The 24-year-old is currently on loan in Juventus from Fiorentina. He has 16 appearances and three goals playing in the Italian Serie A. The Italian is also a good passer and has an accuracy of 76.9%.
9. Serge Gnarby
It was a close call, but this 26-year-old German star born to an Ivorian father and German mother is next in line in our list.
He started his career relatively unknown at Arsenal in 2011 before moving to West Bromwich Albion, then Werder Bremen before heading out to Bayern Munich, his current club.
He caught public attention during the 2019/20 Champions League group stage match of Bayern against Tottenham which he scored 4 goals out of the 7 that were for Bayern.
He has one of the most impressive records in the Bundesliga, having played 160 matches and netted 63 goals so far.
Next in line is this English star regarded as one of the most promising in the entire country. Having joined Manchester City in 2015, the 26-year-old winger with Jamaican roots has made 191 appearances with the club and has an impressive record of 69 goals and 65 assists which helped City win two Premier Leagues, three Carabao Cups, an FA Cup and a Community Shield Cup.
In the current English Premier League of 2021/22 season, the star has made 16 appearances and has 10 goals with a 10.71xG and a passing completion rate of 86%.
Off the pitch, Raheem has been awarded an MBE by the queen for his works of fighting racial inequalities.
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7. Riyad Mahrez
Coming in close with his teammate is this French star with Algerian roots. He joined the English Premier League with Leicester City in 2014 and is currently with Man City.
The 31-year-old star has made a total of 245 appearances in the league and has scored 75 goals, which is an impressive feat.
For the 2021/22 season, he's made 19 appearences, 9 of which are as a substitute and has a total of 8 goals with a 7.31xG and a near-perfect passing completion rate of 91%.
6. Neymar Jr
This was a tough call considering Neymar has less favourable statistics than the other three before this list. Still, taking into account his overall contribution in his current club of PSG and performance in other tournaments is what places him in this position.
Overall, this 30-year-old Brazilian is considered one of the greats to have ever graced the pitch. With a career starting in his home country with Santos FC before moving to Europe. He has made a total of 416 appearances and has an impressive record of 235 goals in his professional football career up to date.
In the French League of 2021/22, Neymar has played 11 matches scoring four times with a 4.92xG and a passing completion rate of 81% accuracy.
5. Kylian Mbappe
Another one on the list and considered one of the greatest footballers at the moment is this 23-year-old French star.
Ever since he exploded into the scene at the young age of 17 with his then club Monaco, Mbappe has had a great career run making a total of 249 appearances and having an impressive 174 goals to date.
In his current club, PSG, he has made a total of 22 appearences and has scored 12 goals with an 11.72xG and passing accuracy of 83% in the 2021/22 French League.
4. Jadon Sancho
The youngest on our list is this 21-year-old English star with Trini origins who has been getting a lot of praises for his return to excellent form.
Jadon keeps developing ways to improve his game every time, making him a critics and fans favourite.
He began his senior professional football career at the impressive age of 17 with the German club Dortmund. He made a total of 104 appearences and did put a ball on the net 38 times during his whole time playing in the Bundesliga.
Last year he signed to Manchester United at a record fee. In the English premier league, he has made 14 appearences and scored two goals with a 3.65xG. Jadon is also one of the most accurate passers in the league, with an accuracy of 83%.
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3. Sadio Mane
One of the best players of the first quarter of 2022, this 29-year-old Senegalese shall go down as one of the greats in history.
After putting up one of the most brilliant performances in football history and subsequently being awarded player of the tournament in the recently concluded AFCON 21, Sadio, on 24 February 2022, made another milestone of becoming the second-highest African goalscorer in Premier League history, surpassing the legendary Didier Drogba.
Up to date in his entire senior football career, Sadio has made a total of 490 appearances and scored an impressive 193 times, 110 of those being with his current club Liverpool.
In the EPL 2021/22 season, the winger has made 22 appearances and scored 11 goals with 13.49xG and a 77% passing accuracy.
2. Mo Salah
Mohamed Salah has spent years with a subtitle that, while it is true that it can be pretty heavy at times, he is in charge of honouring it on occasion. "The Egyptian Messi" is how this 29-year-old is referred to.
We're already at the stage where 9/10 and 10/10 performances from Mohamed Salah are practically anticipated, with no player in Premier League history achieving 160 goal contributions faster than him.
With an unmatched pace in the whole league and dribbling skills that is a cause of worry for many defenders, the winger is undeniably in his most excellent form.
So far, in the English Premier League 2021/22, with his club Liverpool, Salah has made 23 appearances and scored 19 goals with a 20.39xG and an 80% pass completion accuracy.
1. Lionel Messi
There are no words to describe this 34-year-old known as 'The Goat' in the football world. Often regarded as the best player in the world and one of the greatest players of all time, The Argentine has won a record seven Ballon d'Or and a record six European Golden shoes.
With a career starting at the tender age of 13 in the year 2000 when he joined Barcelona, Messi has scored a record 759 goals in 958 appearances.
Though primarily left-footed, the winger is known to be flexible and versatile in all his feet, with 13% of his goals coming from his right foot. In the French League 2021/22, with his current club PSG, the star has played 13 matches scored 2 goals with a 5.65xG.
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