Football is all about respect.Well you must have heard this phrase somewhere.But not all footballers are lucky enough to be respected by football fans around the world and especially from their rival fans.Having said that,there are still few footballers who because of their behaviour and nature ,are loved by millions around the world.Today we will have a look at such those footballers.Our list comprises of current and recently retired football players only.
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In a team full of players, many of whom opposing fans love to openly hate, Joe Hart manages to get people to like him.
Hart is a great goalkeeper, but it is more for his personality most like him. The Manchester City star is England’s no.1 keeper and his friendly behaviour have earned him respect from around the world.
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The Turkish born- German midfielder Mesut Ozil, is one of the most respected footballers. Apart from being one of the best playmakers in the last 4-5 seasons, he is also an amiable person. Whether he plays in the Bundesliga, in the La Liga or in the English Premier League, he has shown a rather admirable personality, on and off the pitch. Football is not just about playing, but also respect for the opponent.
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The defender is well known for his leadership and is one of the most respected footballers in Germany.He quietly challenges his team to be better no matter the score, whether it’s Die Mannschaft or Munich.Every team deserves to have a Philipp Lahm on its squad, but sadly not everyone does.
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The German international, Marco Reus is one of the most promising young players out there. He is talented, a prolific footballer and is one of the key players for Borussia Dortmund and his national team. Strange as it is, Reus is one of the most underrated players, given his immense talent. He has quite a feeling with the BVB fans, and of course they love him. Marco Reus has even earned the respect of football lovers around the world.
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The English midfielder, Frank Lampard is the kind of player you can’t help admiring. He is a fantastic player, scoring more than 200 goals in the Premier League, a record for a midfielder. He is a great person on and off the pitch. Sure, there are many players who trigger hatred towards them, but Lampard is the total opposite; he has a great personality, which makes him a respectable person in the Premier League and elsewhere.He currently plays in the MLS with New York City FC.
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Many football fans feel as if they have been watching Andrea Pirlo play for decades. He looks a lot older than he is.
But Pirlo is a veteran who every football fan respects.He has tremendous footballing ability. His set pieces and pinpoint accuracy rank him among the best in the world. He is currently playing in MLS for New York City FC.
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4.Alessandro Del Piero
Alessandro Del Piero is probably one of the most respected players ever. Del Piero has written the history with Juventus, becoming the most prolific scorer in the Juventus history. Football fans love, and this was demonstrated when he scored twice in the 2009 Champions League match against Real Madrid. When he was substituted, the entire “Santiago Bernabeu” gave him a long standing ovation. A superb player and a stupendous person!
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He is now a legend of Real Madrid, a living symbol of football and humanity. We are talking about the goalkeeper of “the Merengues”, Iker Casillas. He has won almost everything: the World Cup and the European Cup with Spain, also has lifted the La Liga and the Uefa Championns League trophies with Real Madrid. He is a loyal player; he has been the guardian of “Los Blancos” since 1999, and continues to play at high levels. Iker Casillas emanates air of amiability and friendliness, that’s why he is respected from opponents and their fans alike.
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Some things never change, like the earth revolving around the earth, or the attraction between things due to gravity, etc. The same goes for Ricardo Kaka: the huge respect he receives from his fans or the football lovers around the world is the same. His brilliance is somewhat waning, but he has spells of high class and immense talent ever now and then. His fair play on the pitch, his humbleness and his friendliness has won the admiration of everyone. He returned to Milan last year, the place where he excelled as a player. His abilities may have dwindled a bit, but has won a treasure in the meantime: the love and respect from football fans, wherever they are.
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The “magician” of the ball, the synonym of superb class, talent, vision for the game, acute perceptiveness on the pitch, Ronaldinho is one of the most admired and loved footballers all over the world. But it doesn’t end here: he has played for the sake of it, and it is delightful to see him on the pitch. Dinho has also a great character; he won’t complain like a young boy if he is tackled, like many other footballers do. Instead, he is like a warrior, never giving in or moaning about things. His magic is everywhere, and anyone who loves football can feel it.