Having a wide man comes with immense benefit as they’re capable of spreading of the opponents’ defence. That said, wingers have shown to be one of the most potent assets worldwide.
Today, some of the best wingers in the world have successfully formed a pillar in their team that consistently mounts pressure on the opponent’s defence as they could mount an offensive from the flanks and open up space for strikers.
Who are the best in this position right now? Interesting Football compiles the list of the top 20 best wingers in the world in 2023
1. Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi is a player who gets better with age. The 35-year-old captained the Argentine Men’s National team to its third World Cup Trophy in 2022.
Messi has been outstanding this time after seeing cracks in his first season at Paris Saint-Germain. So far, he has scored more than ten goals and was one of the key players in the team’s quest to advance further in the Champions League.
Messi continues to lead the way on the list due to his consistency.
2. Kingsley Coman
Kingsley coman: 11 g/a in 24 matches
Ousmane Dembele: 11 g/a in 26 matches
Guess who’s “mid” pic.twitter.com/BrZKQQXZCc
— Maz 🇸🇦 (@maz_lfc) April 3, 2023
Kingsley Coman is one of the players who have consistently played at the top level for the last few seasons. He now plays an important role at Bayern Munich since his arrival from PSG in 2017.
The Frenchman has shown confidence in his position, especially during the Champions League quarter-finals against Bayern Munich, where Julian Nagelsmann deployed him to play at left wing and right wing in both halves of the game eventually won by the German club.
Kingsley Coman is known for his ability to create chances, produce powerful shots succeed at dribbling, and score important goals.
3. Jack Grealish
.@ManCity strung together 66 passes before Jack Grealish's shot in the 82nd minute against Liverpool on Saturday 🤯
— Premier League (@premierleague) April 4, 2023
Jack Grealish has been rated the second most influential player at Manchester City this season, as his performance has been outstanding.
The Englishman endured a troubled start to life at Etihad Stadium as many eyebrows were raised following the big-money move (£ 100 million) from Aston Villa.
He is now one of the key assets to Man City and Pep Guardiola, who has helped the winger thrive as he’s shown to have understood the style of play employed by the Spanish tactician.
One area Grealish has shown is his commitment to the club and willingness to improve.
4. Bukayo Saka
Bukayo Saka is one of the offensive backbones at Arsenal this season. He has been an outstanding winger who has successfully won the battle against some of the most formidable defence in the league.
He has also shown to have an impact on every game he has been involved in this season.
Arsenal’s title charge rests on the brilliance of Bukayo Saka, who has proven to be a game-changer for the Gunners. Statistics show he has registered double figures in goals and assists.
5. Mohamed Salah
Mohamed Salah remains a key player at Liverpool, even though the Reds are enduring a troubled season. The Egyptian maintains his goal threat in every game he’s been involved in.
According to statistics, Mohamed Salah has registered over twenty goals in all competitions for Liverpool despite the club’s position.
That said, Salah’s form makes him stand out among others in his position.
6. Riyad Mahrez
🇩🇿 Riyad Mahrez, 56
🇨🇮 Didier Drogba, 55
🇪🇬 Mohamed Salah, 54
— City Xtra (@City_Xtra) April 8, 2023
Riyad Mahrez has enjoyed a remarkable career in the English Premier League, winning the Premier League, FA Cup, and League Cup. He’s also become the player with the most assists in the Premier League of any African player.
The Algerian forms a key part of Manchester City’s offensive capabilities even though his position comes under pressure.
According to statistics this season, Mahrez has registered double figures in goals and assists in all competitions for the Cityzens, even though he was meant to sit out of the first team in crucial games.
7. Vinicius Junior
Vinicius Junior is arguably one of the best wingers in world football today and one of the pillars of Real Madrid. The 22-year-old continues to bring out his best in the biggest games.
During the UEFA Champions League quarter-final clash with Liverpool, Vinicius produced a performance of ages to help the Los Blancos see off the Reds over two legs to progress to the next round.
For the second time, he played a pivotal role as Real Madrid came back to overturn Barcelona’s lead to advance to the finals of the Copa del Rey with a 4-0 score at Camp Nou after they lost the first leg narrowly.
For the arts, Vinicius is a tricky, skillful, and impressive dribbler who constantly explores vulnerabilities in the opponent’s defence.
8. Marcus Rashford
Manchester United fans can acknowledge the relentless effort of Marcus Rashford this season. The English forward is arguably the club’s most reliable goal scorer.
Since Rashford returned from the World Cup, he’s been the most decisive and prolific forwards at Old Trafford and in the English top flight.
The 25-year-old has registered over thirty goal contributions for Manchester United in all competitions.
9. Khvicha Kvaratskhelia
🇬🇪 KHVICHA KVARATSKHELIA PLAYS FOOTBALL TODAY. pic.twitter.com/voecYjvyMO
— Dachi Tsurtsumia 🇬🇪 (@dtsgtr2) April 7, 2023
Khvicha Kvaratskhelia is one of the greatest revelations and a surprise signing for Napoli, who only paid a reported 12 million euros.
The 22-year-old Georgian is currently one of the best players in the Italian Serie A and has shown to be one of the most consistent in Europe.
According to statistics, Kvaratskhelia scored twelve goals and provided ten assists despite his role as a left-footed. He is considered one of the best playmakers and one of the best young players in the world.
Although a series of injuries marred Neymar’s career, he remains one of the biggest influences in world football. The Paris Saint-Germain star continues to be a player to watch whenever he is on the pitch.
Neymar completed a world record transfer from Barcelona in 2017 valued at 222 million euros but has not been able to replicate the same level of performance in the Spanish league.
This season, he scored thirteen goals and provided eleven assists in the French League. He was also on target in the Champions League twice, even though Paris Saint-Germain was evicted early.
11. Ousmane Dembélé
Ousmane Dembélé joined Barcelona for a record transfer fee for a teenager in 2017. However, the anticipated move did not result in what many had expected.
The Frenchman struggled with fitness and was out of the first team for a long time, which became a concern.
However, he is gradually finding his feet, especially since the appointment of Xavi Hernandez, who has shown faith in the winger. This season, the 25-year-old played a crucial role in Barcelona’s dominance in La Liga, scoring five times.
12. Son Heung Min
South Korean forward Son Heung Min is one of the most consistent players in the English Premier League. The Spurs star won the Premier League Golden Boot last season.
He has consistently made the numbers with Spurs since he arrived from Bayer Leverkusen in 2015.
This season, Son Heung Min became the first Asian footballer to reach 100 goals in the English Premier League with his stunning goal against Brentford at home on April 8th.
13. Rodrygo Goes
Rodrygo is one of the brilliant young players in Real Madrid. The young Brazilian winger has continued to play to his strength, even at the biggest moments.
Although he has been made to come on as a substitute in some cases, he was decisive as Real Madrid overturned their first leg loss to dump Barcelona out of the Copa del Rey.
He has been in fine form for Los Blancos and has scored eleven goals in all competitions.
14. Angel Di Maria
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Angel Di Maria continues to make the list of the best wingers in the world. His exploits during the World Cup in Qatar were one the factors that led to Argentina’s triumphs at the finals.
This season in the Italian Serie A with Juventus, the Argentine has shown no sign of stopping despite his age. He has single-handedly won some of the games for the Old Lady.
In the Italian league, he has registered four goals. He assists and scores four goals in the Europa League following Juventus’s fall out of the Champions League to the second-tier European competition.
15. Gabriel Martinelli
🎖️ Gabriel Martinelli (48) and Bukayo Saka (47) lead the Premier League in successful dribbles this season. Unstoppable. pic.twitter.com/dcgqSUyOTL
— Eduardo Hagn (@EduardoHagn) April 3, 2023
Gabriel Martinelli is one of the most outstanding players at Arsenal who has established himself as a major contender for the starting shirt under Mikel Arteta.
The 21-year-old winger is a player who has a solid determination to cause a threat to opponents’ defenders. His direct style of play has shown to be valuable.
His ability to complete successful dribbles makes him stand out in the Premier League.
16. Rafael Leao
There’s a reason a lot of attention has been on him. Rafael Leao is one of the young players to watch out for.
The Portuguese forward has made over sixteen goal contributions which include goals and assists for AC Milan in the Serie A.
17. Miguel Almiron
There’s no doubt about Miguel Almiron’s inclusion on this list. The Paraguayan is one of the best wingers in the English Premier League.
This season, he is Newcastle United’s top scorer, seeing an upgrade in his career since his arrival at the club in 2019.
One would say that Eddie Howe has got the best out of Almiron at St James’s Park. The Paraguayan would be crucial in the club’s quest to qualify for the Champions League next season.
18. Sadio Mane
Senegalese winger Sadio Mane moved to Bayern Munich this season after a successful career at Anfield. Although he struggled to find his footing at Allianz Arena, he made immense contributions to the team.
This season, Mane has ten goals in all competitions, including the Champions League.
19. Dejan Kulusevski
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Swedish winger Dejan Kulusevski is an excellent player who has shown to be one of the most reliable in the attack for Tottenham Hotspur amid the club’s underwhelming form this season.
This season he has struggled to find his footing but has remained an excellent player.
20. Serge Gnabry
Serge #Gnabry has 10 goals & 10 assists in his 20 starts this season. He played the full 90 minutes against SC Freiburg this season, scoring the opener and assisting the 4th goal in a 5-0 resounding victory. Will new head coach Tuchel trust him to start tonight? #FCBSCF #DFBPokal pic.twitter.com/0RCRdaDJQP
— BayernForum.com (@BayernForumCom) April 4, 2023
Serge Gnabry, amid fan criticism, has been up and running playing for the Bavarians. The Germany international has registered double figures in goals and assists in the Bundesliga.