Can You Name All of These International Soccer Players?

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J.P. Naomi

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About This Quiz

Get ready to flip your shirt over your head and run around the field like crazy! We're taking you across the globe from Europe to South America for this ultimate international soccer-star quiz! Are you up for the challenge?

Whether it's FIFA World Cup season or just another day in the Premier League, if you've embarked on this quiz, we believe one thing to be true: You are one of four BILLION soccer fans in the world! That's right! Were you aware that soccer is the most popular sport in the world with 3.5 billion fans? While cricket comes in as the second-most popular sport, the number of cricket fans pales in comparison with just 2.5 billion. Well, now that we know you like the sport, let's see how well you know the players.

You see, not many things in this world are for certain, but we know soccer — or football, as many call it — is one of those things. Whether you speak English, Spanish or French, whether you root for Messi, Ronaldo or Neymar, soccer brings people together. And though team allegiances may hinder friendship, the point is simple: people coming together in the name of soccer. So what we want to know is, can you ace this quiz with the names of the players?

The time has come. Please head down to the field, and let's see if you can make this goooooooool, good luck!

Barcelona forward by day and Argentine captain by night! Who is this soccer player?

Standing just 5'7" tall, Lionel Messi is a forward and captain of both the Barcelona football club and the Argentina national team. Messi is considered by many to be one of the greatest players of all time.

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He was born in Madeira, Portugal. Do you recognize this record-holding player?

Did you know that Cristiano Ronaldo has been named the World Soccer Player of the Year five times in his career? He has also won the IFFHS World's Best Top Goal Scorer award four times.

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He goes simply by Neymar. Do you recognize this talented soccer player?

Currently a forward for the Paris Saint-Germain club, Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior made his professional debut at the age of 17. Since 2009, he has scored 79 goals for his national team, Brazil.

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He has won 31 soccer trophies in his career thus far. Who is this player?

Born in Malmö, Sweden in 1981, Zlatan Ibrahimović is a 6'5" tall striker for LA Galaxy. He has played with eight other teams across the globe since his senior career began in 1999.

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He's a Spanish player currently playing for the Japanese Vissel Kobe club. Who is seen in this photo?

A native of Fuentealbilla, Spain, Andrés Iniesta played with Barcelona from 2001 - 2018 before heading to Japan to join Vissel Kobe. He's considered one of the best midfielders of all time.

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He's number 10 for the Chelsea Football Club. Who is the premier player seen here?

Not only has Eden Hazard played soccer since the age of eight, but he also owns a club. In 2017, he and six other professional players joined forces and founded the San Diego 1904 Football Club.

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He's been a member of the Bayern Munich since 2014. Which footballer is seen here?

Robert Lewandowski is a well-rounded and respected striker with over 13 years of experience. A native of Warsaw, Poland, he has been named the Polish Player of the Year seven times.

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He was the winner of the Premier League Golden Boot in 2014 and 2015. Who is this player?

Sergio Agüero was born in 1988 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Did you know at the age of 15 years old, he became the youngest player to play in the Argentine Primera Division? He now plays for Manchester City Football Club.

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Who is this winger from the Netherlands?

Since turning professional in 2000, Arjen Robben has played for Groningen, PSV, Chelsea, Real Madrid and now Bayern Munich. Did you know he scored two goals in his first game with Bayern Munich? They must have thought the 25-million-euro contract was worth it.

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He gives Messi and Ronaldo a run for their money. Who is this player?

Between 2009 - 2015, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were alternating winners of the Pichichi Trophy for most goals in a season. But in 2016, Luis Suárez finally broke the cycle by recording 40 goals to top the list.

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He's known as a "sweeper-keeper." Which footballer has played his entire career in Germany?

Manuel Neuer is considered one of the best goalkeepers in the game. Did you know from 2013 - 2016, he was awarded the IFFHS World's Best Goalkeeper award? He's the captain of both his club team, Bayern Munich, and his national team, Germany.

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Which Wales national team player since 2005 is seen in this photo?

Gareth Bale made his debut for the Wales national team in 2006. Since then, he has scored a team record of 31 goals. In 2013, Bale made a professional move from the Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid, signing a six-year deal worth 91 million Euros.

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He's regarded as the greatest Croatian player of all time, but can you name him?

Standing just 5'8" tall, Luka Modrić is known for his intensity as a midfielder. He has played professionally since 2003 for the Dinamo Zagreb, Tottenham Hotspur and currently Real Madrid. He has recorded 452 attempts and 62 goals.

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Do you recognize this German national and Real Madrid midfielder?

Toni Kroos made his professional debut at the age of 17. Still going strong on the national and international stage today, Kroos was named the 2018 Footballer of the Year in Germany and named to the 2017 IFFHS Men's World Team.

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He has worn the number 17 in Manchester City for three years. Can you name him?

Did you know that Kevin De Bruyne was named the fourth-best footballer in the world by The Guarding in 2017? Since turning professional in 2008, he has earned many individual awards including the 2017-2018 Premier League Playmaker of the Season.

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Which player has been a member of the French national team since 2010?

Though Antoine Griezmann is a French national, he has played his entire professional career with Spanish clubs - Real Sociedad and Atletico Madrid. Griezmann helped lead France to victory in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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Which player representing Paris Saint-Germain is seen here?

Did you know that Thiago Silva signed a 42-million-euro deal with Paris Saint-Germain in 2012? To date, he has scored nine goals for the team with 178 attempts. He has previously played professionally in Brazil, Portugal and Italy.

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Can you name this Spanish professional goalkeeper?

David de Gea Quintana stretches more than 6'4" across the goal in defense of his team, Manchester United. Did you know that he received the Premier League Golden Glove award for the 2017-2018 season?

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Do you recognize this Italian goalkeeper nicknamed Gigi?

Born in Tuscany, Gianluigi Buffon played much of his professional career in Italy until joining Paris Saint-Germain in 2018 - at the age of 40, no less. Buffon is one of the most decorated goalkeepers of all time, winning both individual and team awards every year since 1993.

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Do you recognize this record goalscorer for the England national team?

Not just a national record-holder, Wayne Rooney is also the all-time top scorer for Manchester United with 183 goals. He joined D.C. United in 2018 and by the end of his first season was named the club's MVP, having scored 12 goals in 21 matches.

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He's the most expensive Chilean player of all time. Who is this?

Alexis Sánchez's professional career began in 2005 with the Cobreloa and Udinese clubs. Six years later, he was transferred to Barcelona in a deal worth 30 million euros. It proved worthwhile as Sánchez recorded 39 goals for 88 attempts in just three years.

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Can you name this German national midfielder for the Chicago Fire?

Did you know that Bastian Schweinsteiger played with the Bayern Munich for nearly 14 seasons? In 2015, he was transferred to Manchester United and in 2017 to Chicago Fire. He has scored seven goals thus far with Chicago.

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Who is the Spanish footballer, nicknamed Merlin and El Mago, seen here?

David Silva has been a professional midfielder since 2003. He came into his prime in 2010 after joining Manchester United. Since then, he has scored 54 goals with just 274 attempts and is considered one of Manchester's greatest players of all time.

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He got the world's attention at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Do you recognize this player?

At just 22 years old, Mesut Özil was instrumental in leading Germany to the semi-finals of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He played in every single match and was one of ten players nominated by FIFA for the Golden Ball award.

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Can you name this French winger currently playing for Bayern Munich?

Did you know that Franck Ribéry won the 2013 FIFA World Cup Golden Ball award? Voted on by members of the media, this award is given to the best player of each World Cup. That same year, Ribéry was named MVP of the World Cup Finals as well.

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He made his debut on the Spanish national team in 2009. Which player is seen here?

Gerard Piqué made his national debut on February 11, 2009. Just one year later, he helped lead his country to victory in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. As a professional, he has played for Manchester United and Barcelona.

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He's scored 27 goals in just 81 attempts for France. What is his name?

Karim Benzema was born in Lyon, France in 1987. At the age of 17, he made his professional debut and by 2007 became a starter for the Lyon football club. He has been named French Player of the Year three times in his career: 2011, 2012 and 2014.

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Which 26-year old playmaker is this?

Mario Götze is known for his speed, dribbling and technique and is recognized as one of the best German players of all time. Did you know he is currently the second-most expensive German player? (Behind Mesut Özil, of course.)

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He plays both midfielder and forward in Germany. Do you recognize this player?

Since 2008, Thomas Müller has scored nearly 150 goals for two German teams - Bayern Munich and Germany's national team. Twenty-three of those goals came in 2013 when Müller led the Bayern Munich to a "treble:" the league title, cup and Champions League championships.

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Real Madrid player by day, Belgian national by night! Who is this goalkeeper?

Thibaut Courtois may have never scored a goal in his career, but did you know that he has made more than 285 saves? With a career full of individual awards, he has most recently been named the 2018 Best FIFA Goalkeeper, and the 2018 IFFHS World's Best Goalkeeper.

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Who is this current captain of the Borussia Dortmund club?

Did you know that Marco Reus spent ten years of his youth career with Borussia Dortmund and is now in his eighth season with them as a senior professional? Prone to injury, Reus was sidelined, unfortunately, for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in which his national team Germany won.

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He made his international debut for Brazil in 2010, but do you recognize this footballer?

David Luiz grew up in Diadema, Brazil, playing soccer for São Paulo and Vitória. In 2011, he journeyed across the pond to join Chelsea, with whom he won the UEFA Champions League that same year. After playing a two-year stint with Paris Saint-Germain, Luiz is back with Chelsea today.

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Do you recognize this career-long player on the Spanish stage?

Did you know that Jordi Alba has played his entire career in Spain? Not only is he a member of the national team, but he has also played on the international level for Cornellà, Valencia and currently Barcelona.

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Which Brazilian footballer and 2016 Samba Gold Award winner is seen here?

Though he got his professional start in 2008, it wasn't until 2018 when Philippe Coutinho made his FIFA World Cup debut. And what a debut! He was named the 2018 FIFA World Cup top assist provider.

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He has played his entire career with Barcelona. What's the name of this player?

The soccer world knows him as a "one-club man," and the rest of us call him Sergio Busquets. He may not have the highest number of goals, but as a defensive midfielder, Busquets has had more than 500 game appearances since 2008.

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Who is this Italian midfielder known for his free-kick abilities?

Andrea Pirlo began his career with Brescia in 1995. After 22 years on the Italian and international stages, he retired with a total of 61 goals and 570 appearances. Did you know his fellow players nicknamed him "The Architect" for the way he designed victorious plays?

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Which Golden Boot winner has recorded 86 goals in his career thus far?

With 394 game appearances throughout his career, James Rodríguez has scored 108 goals. Did you know that he started in his first professional match in 2006 at the age of 14? In doing so, he became one of the youngest Colombian players to turn professional.

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This Spanish goalkeeper has appeared in more than 650 career matches. Who is the player in this photo?

For nearly 20 years, Iker Casillas Fernández has been a member of Spain's national team. For his tremendous skills and saves as a goalkeeper, Casillas was nicknamed "San Iker," meaning Saint Iker, by his teammates and fans.

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He hails from the Ivory Coast and played professional soccer from 2001-2018. Can you name him?

Gnégnéri Yaya Touré is considered one of the greatest African soccer players of all time. Throughout his 17-year career, he played midfield in Belgium, Greece, Monaco and most significantly Manchester City, where he recorded 59 goals in eight seasons.

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Can you identify this forward and native of Egypt?

From Egypt to England, Mohamed Salah's career has taken him to five different teams throughout his nine professional years. Most recently, he signed a deal with Liverpool, earning him more than 36 million pounds. After scoring 32 goals in his first 36 games, the club knew it was worth it.

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