Even if they play for one of your team’s toughest opponents, there are some footballers who are nearly difficult to despise.
Fans adore these sportsmen, and children aspire to be like them when they grow up.
Even opposing fans admit that they are a joy to watch since they have garnered so much respect and acclaim.
So here are some footballers that even rival supporters can’t stand.
6. N’Golo Kante
Do you know a single person who dislikes N’Golo Kante? We certainly don’t.
The softly-spoken French midfielder has achieved so much in recent years.
Fame and fortune have not affected this universally-popular 31-year-old, who always seems to have a smile on his face.
5. Andrea Pirlo
To be fair, he didn’t become a cult figure in European football until he grew that magnificent beard.
He was always world class, a player who redefined the regista role and became more prominent during his years at Juve, and helped them to four consecutive Serie A titles between 2011 and 2015.
4. Juan Mata
When you hear the word modest, you immediately think of a group of footballers from this generation.
Juan Mata of Manchester United has to be one of them.
In nature, the Spaniard has always been calm and cool.
Mata is well-liked and admired by his teammates, coaches, and fans alike.
He is a favorite among the players because of his mild and friendly demeanor.
Mata has a variety of hobbies outside of football.
He holds two bachelor’s degrees in sports science and marketing and is a well-educated scholar.
He appreciates his modest existence, and after his playing career, we may see him in the coaching field.
3. Son Heung-min
Son Heung-min is a top footballer and also comes across as a top man.
Tottenham’s South Korean forward is always smiling, plays with enthusiasm and energy, and enjoys a laugh and a joke in front of the camera away from the pitch.
His emotional reaction after seeing Andre Gomes’s injury recently only endeared him further to football fans.
2. David Silva
David Silva, a midfielder for Manchester City, is unquestionably the one guy that makes the team click.
When he was in his early 20s, he was already a prized property at Valencia, and after moving to Manchester’s blue half in 2010, he made the step up to top level.
Silva is well-known for his versatility, as he can play in any position towards the last third of the pitch and is a master of the final ball.
Silva was a key player of Spain’s all-conquering team between 2008 and 2012, and his ability has never been questioned.
1. Sadio Mane
The flashy Liverpool winger Sadio Mane is anything but flashy off the field.
He enjoys a simple lifestyle and is probably among the most humble footballers.
Mane came from very tough surroundings and therefore, he tries to help youngsters like him, who want to move to Europe from Africa.
He has built a hospital, school and mosque in his hometown back in Senegal.
In an interview, he shared how he had a tough childhood with poverty and therefore, he donates most of his money to charity to help the needy.
He believes in giving back to the community from where he came and became a prominent name.
Mane values the support of fans.