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Who is the best soccer player you’ve seen in person?

best soccer player in person

We can argue who the greatest footballer is, but who is the best soccer player you’ve ever seen in person?

Many European and South American clubs often make trips to the United States. Summer friendlies, which return to normalcy in 2022, allow major names to show up across the United States. For example, in 2022, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Juventus and more have several games stateside.

If you plan on going to some of these games, great! You have the opportunity to see the world’s best as part of their club team.

Of course, that is not the only way to watch the best players in the sport. International friendlies and fixtures happen across the world. Depending on where you live, it is likely a game featuring major names came close to you.

Or, there is the ultimate for soccer fans. Traveling abroad, whether that be to Europe, South America, Asia, Africa or elsewhere in North America, opens the doors for opportunity. Not only do you have the chance to see different atmospheres, but it is easier to follow the schedule of the sport’s elite. In doing so, you can watch the best soccer player in person.

The best soccer player seen in person

Keeping that in mind, we want to know about the travels or experiences you recall. For some, this could date back to 1994 or before. The World Cup then featured Diego Maradona, albeit for a handful of games. Surely, some other readers and soccer fans watched a New York Cosmos match. Pelé, one of the undisputed greats in the game, represented the New York club for two years in the mid-1970s.

Perhaps the best player is Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo. Messi is a frequent player in the United States with friendlies or tournaments involving the Americas. Ronaldo may be somewhat more challenging given his nationality with Portugal.

Remember, it does not have to be one of these world beaters. For instance, the best player I had the privilege of watching live is Christian Pulisic. I watched him score a hat trick against Panama in CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying. Before then, it was Landon Donovan, who scored a hat trick in a friendly.

Use the comment section below to discuss who the greatest player you have seen in person is. Also, be sure to mention when and where you had the honor of watching them.

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6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Marc C

    July 8, 2022 at 8:32 pm

    Wayne Rooney during his year+ in DC. He was not the player that he was at Man United but you could tell that he saw the game differently and would make the right pass to facilitate the attack.

  2. Anew_Wiseman

    July 8, 2022 at 3:15 pm

    Karim Benzema vs Chelsea UCL 2022 Quarterfinal. I watched this man decimate my Chelsea.

  3. B Reynolds

    July 8, 2022 at 11:01 am

    Messi. Argentina Vs Venezuela in COPA 2016 at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA.

  4. Roberto

    July 8, 2022 at 9:49 am

    In the years I was an NASL Seattle Sounders season ticket holder, I saw all the greats of the 60s and 70s. Even past their prime the skills they had was amazing. Seattle also had Alan Hudson who was in his prime. He never was given the credit had deserved, he was a holding midfielder before there was such a role.

  5. locofooty

    July 8, 2022 at 9:29 am

    1. Messi, group vs. Paraguay, qf vs. Venezuela at the Copa America in Brazil.
    2. Neymar, thumping vs. Peru 🙁 at the Copa as well.
    3. Ronaldinho, Milan vs. America at the GA Dome.

    • locofooty

      July 8, 2022 at 9:40 am

      correction, Neymar wasn’t in that Copa lol.

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