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Football in recent times has become one of the most viewed, loved and followed sport in history with over 6 Billion Fans worldwide.
Every Nation has it’s own football team, Various developed, developing and underdeveloped nations have football programme running all the way from pre school to university levels, most even engage in local leagues in their respective countries.
In a lay man’s Language, Football is the most Televised sport in the world.
How Football Started.
Football is one of the most exceptional games that will be continually enjoyed among the old and the young not even limited to any cultural setting or government policies.
Despite these, not to many people care to know how this wonderful game started or came to be.
This section is written to demystify the history behind the much greater game like football.
Football as a game first made it appearance over 3,000 years ago.
According to the sources, the ball would symbolize the sun and the captain of the losing team would be sacrificed to the gods.
The first known ball game which also involved kicking took place In China in the 3rd and 2nd century BC under the name Cuju.
Cuju was played with a round ball on an area of a square.
It later spread to Japan and was practiced under ceremonial forms.
Other earlier variety of ball games had been known from Ancient Greece.
The ball was made by shreds of leather filled with hair (the first documents of balls filled with air are from the 7th century).
Football was modernized by the British and many of what football has become today was because of their influence in the game.
The English are credited with recording the first uniform rules for the sport, including forbidding tripping opponents and touching the ball with hands.
As the sport developed, more rules were implemented and more historical landmarks were set.
For example, the penalty kick was introduced in 1891. FIFA became a member of the International Football Association Board of Great Britain in 1913.
Red and yellow cards were introduced during the 1970 World Cup finals.
More recent major changes include goalkeepers being banned from handling deliberate back passes in 1992 and tackles from behind becoming red-card penalties in 1998.
Now you know how Football started and you are ready to explore more insights into this game.
Football Stats You Should know.
The game of Football has become a game changer in the international scene causing a major shift in the way people look at sports.
Long before the dawn of indigenous tournaments like Premier leagues and Spanish leagues, the game of footballers was not always played regularly.
Now you know, here are a few stats about Football that you never knew.
1. The only team to finish the 2010 World Cup undefeated was New Zealand. They drew with defending champions Italy at that tournament.
2. Costa Rica never lost a match in regular or extra time at the 2014 World Cup. They were eliminated in the quarterfinals by the Netherlands in a penalty shoot-out.
3. Between 1961 and 1984, Barcelona won La Liga once — the 1973-74 season and this made their counterpart Real Madrid the highest title holder
4. The transfer of Gaizka Mendieta from Valencia to Lazio (€48m) was more than what Real Madrid payed for Brazilian Ronaldo (€46m) and Manchester City for Sergio Aguero (€45m).
5. The greatest international goalscorer of all-time, without a shadow of a doubt, is Argentina’s Guillermo Stabile. In four World Cup matches for La Albiceleste, he scored eight goals.
6. Three teams have never been relegated from the Spanish Primera Division: Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao
Highest Paid Footballers In the world.
Not only did football become a universal language, it has also been a means of very good income and wealth creation for so many other individuals who are very exceptional at the game.
Here is a very full list of Rich footballers around the world today.
1. Lionel Messi.
Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittin born 24 June 1987) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward and captains both Spanish club Barcelona and the Argentina national team.
Often considered the best player in the world and widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, Messi has won a record six Ballon d’Or awards and a record six European Golden Shoes.
He has spent his entire professional career with Barcelona, where he has won a club-record 34 trophies, including ten La Liga titles, four UEFA Champions League titles and six Copas del Rey.
Total Income – €130 million
2. Christiano Ronaldo.
Cristiano Ronaldo born 5 February 1985) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a forward for Serie A club Juventus and captains the Portugal national team.
Often considered the best player in the world and widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time,[note 3] Ronaldo has won five Ballons d’Or and four European Golden Shoes, both of which are records for a European player.
He has won 29 trophies in his career, including six league titles, five UEFA Champions Leagues, one UEFA European Championship, and one UEFA Nations League.
A prolific goalscorer, Ronaldo holds the records for the most goals scored in the UEFA Champions League and the joint-most goals scored in the UEFA European Championship.
Total Income – €113 million
Neymar da Silva Santos commonly known as Neymar Jr. or simply Neymar, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-German and the Brazil national team.
He is widely considered as one of the best players in the world.
Neymar came into prominence at an early age at Santos, where he made his professional debut aged 17.
He helped the club win two successive Campeonato Paulista championships, a Copa do Brasil, and the 2011 Copa Libertadores, with the latter being Santos’ first since 1963.
Neymar was twice named the South American Footballer of the Year, in 2011 and 2012, and soon relocated to Europe to join Barcelona.
As part of Barça’s attacking trio with Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez, he won the continental treble of La Liga, the Copa del Rey, and the UEFA Champions League, and finished third for the FIFA Ballon d’Or in 2015 for his performances.
Total Income – €91.5 million.
4. Antoine Griezmann
Antoine Griezmann is a French professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club Barcelona and the French national team.
Born and raised in Mâcon, Griezmann began his senior career as a member of Spanish side Real Sociedad in 2009, with whom he won the Segunda División title in his first season, departing five seasons later to join Atlético Madrid for a then-club record €30 million.
Although featuring mostly as a winger during his time with Sociedad, Griezmann adapted his game in Madrid to become a complete forward, and quickly became the focal point of the team.
He went on to break the club’s scoring record for a debut season, and was named in the 2014–15 La Liga Team of the Season. He was also named La Liga Best Player in 2016, and finished third for both the 2016 Ballon d’Or and 2016 Best FIFA Men’s Player awards.
Total Income – €44 million.
5. Gareth Bale.
Gareth Frank Bale is a Welsh professional footballer who plays as a winger for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Wales national team.
Renowned for his ball striking from distance, swerving free kicks, and his ability to get past defenders with pace, Bale has received plaudits from his peers, who have described him as a footballer with “tremendous speed, great crossing ability, a great left foot and exceptional physical qualities”.
He began his professional career at Southampton, playing at left-back and earning acclaim as a free kick specialist. Bale moved to Tottenham Hotspur in 2007, for an eventual £7 million fee.
During his time at Tottenham, managerial and tactical shifts saw him transform into a more attacking player. From the 2009–10 season, under the guidance of Harry Redknapp, Bale became an integral part of the team, rising to international attention during the 2010–11 UEFA Champions League.
In 2011 and 2013 he was named PFA Players’ Player of the Year, and was named in the UEFA Team of the Year.
In 2013, he was also named PFA Young Player of the Year, the FWA Footballer of the Year and the Premier League Player of the Season.
Total Income – €40.2 million.
6. Andres Iniesta
Andrés Iniesta Luján is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Japanese club Vissel Kobe.
He spent most of his career at Barcelona, where he served as the captain for three seasons.
Iniesta is widely considered to be one of the best players of his generation and one of the greatest midfielders of all time.
Iniesta came through La Masia, the Barcelona youth academy, after an early migration from his birthplace, and impressed from an early age. He made his first-team debut aged 18 in 2002.
He began playing regularly during the 2004–05 season and remained in the team until 2018.
Iniesta was an integral part of the Barcelona sides that won two historic trebles in 2009 and 2015, and his 35 trophies, which includes nine La Ligas and four UEFA Champions League titles, make him the most decorated Spanish footballer of all time.
Total Income – €33 million.
7. Alexis Sanchez.
Alexis Alejandro Sánchez Sánchez , also known simply as Alexis, is a Chilean professional footballer who plays as a forward for Serie A club Inter Milan, on loan from English club Manchester United, and the Chile national team.
Sánchez began his career as a youth player for Cobreloa at age 17, before relocating to Italy to play for Udinese in 2006. He won consecutive league titles in loans spells to Colo-Colo and River Plate.
In 2008, he returned to Udinese and became an integral member of the team.
After three seasons in at the club, Sánchez moved to Barcelona in a transfer worth €30 million (£25 million), becoming the most expensive Chilean player of all time. In his first season at Barcelona, Sánchez starred in an attacking trio alongside Lionel Messi and David Villa.
The trio scored a total of 82 goals the following season, as the club won the 2012–13 La Liga.
In 2014, Sánchez transferred to Premier League side Arsenal, where he quickly established himself as the figurehead of the team, winning the FA Community Shield, as well as the FA Cup on two occasions, and scoring in both finals.
After lacking “inspiration” at the direction of the club, he signed for rivals Manchester United in a swap deal in 2018.
Total Income – €30.7 million.
8. Philippe Coutinho.
Philippe Coutinho Correia is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder or winger for Bundesliga club Bayern Munich, on loan from Barcelona and the Brazil national team.
He is known for his combination of vision, passing, dribbling and ability to conjure curving long-range strikes.
Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Coutinho showed prodigious talent and excelled in Vasco da Gama’s youth system.
He was signed by Italian club Inter Milan in 2008 for €4 million and subsequently loaned back to Vasco, where he became a key player. He made his debut for Inter Milan in 2010, and was later loaned to La Liga club Espanyol in 2012.
In January 2013, Coutinho joined English club Liverpool for £8.5 million.
He flourished at Liverpool and earned himself the nickname “The Magician” from Liverpool fans and teammates and being named in the PFA Team of the Year in 2015.
In January 2018, Coutinho signed for Barcelona for a club record fee reportedly worth €160 million, making him the world’s second most expensive player,however, he was loaned to German club Bayern Munich on a season-long loan ahead of the 2019-20 season
Total Income – €30 million.
9. Ezequiel Lavezzi.
Ezequiel Iván Lavezzi is a retired Argentine professional footballer who last played for Chinese club Hebei China Fortune and the Argentina national team as a forward.
He is known for his pace, hardworking style of play, technique, creativity, and dribbling ability; although he is usually deployed as a winger, he has also been used as a second striker or as an attacking midfielder on occasion.
He began his career at Estudiantes (BA), and after one season was signed by Genoa, who loaned him to San Lorenzo, where he eventually moved on a permanent basis.
In 2007, he was signed by Napoli where he won the 2012 Coppa Italia.
His performances there earned him a €26.5 million move to Paris Saint-Germain in 2012, where he made over 150 appearances for the club and won three Ligue 1 championships, two Coupes de la Ligue and one Coupe de France before joining Hebei China Fortune in 2016.
Total Income – €28.3 million.
10. Luis Suarez.
Luis Alberto Suárez Díaz is a Uruguayan professional footballer who plays as a striker for Spanish club Barcelona and the Uruguay national team.
Often regarded as one of the best players in the world, Suárez has won 18 trophies in his career, which include six league titles, a UEFA Champions League title at club level, and a Copa América with Uruguay.
A prolific goalscorer, Suárez has won two European Golden Shoes, an Eredivisie Golden Boot, a Premier League Golden Boot, also ending the six-year dominance of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo by winning La Liga’s Pichichi Trophy in 2016.
He has scored 475 senior career goals for club and country.
Total Income – €28 million
Thee are various Football Tournaments played all over the world respectively but as we all know, some are profitable than the other.
This article would state out the major and most popular Football Tournaments and its Profitability.
5. Copa America.
Copa America is an Brazilian Football League, the winner goes home with a whooping $6.6 million
4. UEFA Champions League trophy.
The most anticipated league in history stands at the fourth position. The winner goes home with a whooping is $19 million
3. FA Community Shield.
It is a Super Cup-style match, which is scheduled annually between the winner of Premier League this year, and the current holder of FA Cup. This match takes place at the famous Wembley stadium. In case the Premier League and FA Cup have the same winner, then they have to play against the Premier League runner-up. The largest amount of wins is Manchester United.
2. Football Association Challenge Cup
Football Association Challenge cup is an English cup awarded to the English teams, who compete within their country. Every year, the best English teams compete between themselves to receive the FA Cup. The current holders of this trophy are Chelsea FC, who defeated Manchester United in the final of this competition in 2018. The team which has received this title the most times is Arsenal: they managed to win the FA Cup 13 times.
1. FIFA World Cup trophy .
The FIFA world cup trophy is help every four years and it hosts a total number of about 32 Teams of various Countries.
The Winner of the FIFA World cup goes home with a whooping $28 Million
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