Top 5 Soccer Players of 2013

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The Best of the Best of 2013

The Best of the Best of 2013
Photo courtesy of the official Facebook page of FIFA

2013 is a year that will be remembered by many while it will certainly be forgotten by some. We have all had our ups and downs, but when we take a moment to put our personal moments aside, we like to think of our favorite sports heroes and how they made their impact on the world stage. Whatever the sport may be, the memories were created while they were all able to triumph in their own way.

For this one, we will be taking a look at the sport of soccer.

Teams like Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Liverpool all had different forms of success. Some won it all while others followed in the footsteps of the very best in their region. The one team played some of the prettiest soccer around, but were unable to rack up the points no matter who well they played. These teams are longtime favorites in the hearts of fans around the world, which means that they will stick with them through thick and thin times.

These teams would be nowhere without the players and coaches that have mastered plans time and time again. Instilling a style that almost never fails is never easy. Time, effort and belief are all aspects of what it takes to play with a championship-caliber. Not all of these sides have experienced a brilliant 2013, but they are certainly on their way to a brilliant 2014.

Folks, soccer is a team sport that is made up of a short list of amazing talents. Read on to find out exactly who are the best five of 2013 and see if you can agree.

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5. Manuel Neuer

Manuel Neuer
Photo courtesy of of the official Facebook page of Bayern Munich

Goalkeepers never get enough credit for their heroics between the posts. This man kept a plethora of clean sheets by saving many shots to allow his Bayern Munich to score much more than they allowed en route to the UEFA Champions League, German Bundesliga, DFB Pokal and FIFA Club World Cup.

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4. Franck Ribery

Franck Ribery
Photo courtesy of the official Facebook page of Bayern Munich

This man is the starting left winger for Bayern Munich as his skill, speed and confidence allow him to be one of the two most important attack-minded midfielders for his club. His play has allowed his team to rely on him consistently and to good fortune as they won a total of four meaningful trophies in the year that we are about to be leaving behind, 2013.

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3. Arjen Robben

Arjen Robben
Photo courtesy of the official Facebook page of Bayern Munich

His most meaningful moment in 2013 was scoring the game-winner against Borussia Dortmund for Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League final. His skill and speed allowed him to evade the challenge of both the defense as well as the keeper. He is absolutely remarkable and will look to have an even better 2014 once he returns form injury.

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2. Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez
Photo courtesy of the official Facebook page of Liverpool

This man is known for his antics such as diving or biting opposing players, but most of all, he is known for his remarkable scoring abilities. He was banned for the first five Premier League games for Liverpool this season but he still leads in scoring at 19.

If he can stay away from trouble in 2014, he will score many more goals and truly become the best striker in the world.

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1. Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo
Photo courtesy of the official Facebook page of Cristiano Ronaldo

Even though his Real Madrid did not win any trophies, his goal scoring and assisting abilities have allowed him to stay as one of the best if not the best attacking player in the entire world. In fact, he truly is a shoo-in to win the World Player of the Year award. He just won the Globe Soccer Award for Best Player of the Year deservedly, so the top award must be on its way.

This man is known for his individual abilities, but if it were not for him, his team would be no better than most when it comes to the biggest of stages. Real Madrid is where they are today because of him, and his nation of Portugal owes him everything as he scored all four goals in the playoffs against Sweden to punch their ticket for Brazil 2014.