Pressure is always present for the top players in the world, whether it's the expectation following a large transfer fee or performing on the largest stage when it matters the most. But it's how they deal with it in comparison to their peers that makes them special. They consistently produce, making them the most sought-after players among their fans, managers, and clubs. Many individuals believe that footballers are overly overpaid in today's culture, and they have a valid point. However, there are some soccer players who more than earn their elite position; it is what makes them the finest in the world at what they do. Here are five guys who thrive in high-pressure situations.
5. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool/Egypt)
Nobody could have guessed how big of an impact Egyptian international Mohamed Salah would make at Liverpool when he returned to Premier League in 2017. Salah's arrival aided Liverpool's transformation into one of Europe's most potent attacking forces. Salah has a tendency for putting up high numbers in key games. The pacy forward's injury and subsequent absence from the 2017-18 Champions League final was a major setback for the Merseysiders. Liverpool never seemed to acquire a foothold when Salah was pulled out in the first half. But he returned the following year and delivered. In the 2018-19 Champions League final against Tottenham Hotspur, Salah scored Liverpool's first goal. In order to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, Egypt's national team needed to beat Congo. The stakes couldn't have been much greater after they were awarded a penalty in stoppage time. If the ball finds the back of the net, Egypt will qualify for their first World Cup. Mohamed Salah stepped up to the plate and delivered, bringing Egypt closer to the promised land.
4. N'Golo Kante (Chelsea/France).
N'Golo Kante has won the World Cup, the Premier League (twice), and the Champions League in the last six years. In those victories, he has also been a notable performer for both club and country. Last season, the small defensive midfielder won four consecutive man-of-the-match accolades for Chelsea in the Champions League. From the second leg of the quarter-final through the final, he was the greatest player in every game. Kante's ability to execute in high-pressure situations is largely due to his hard work and discipline. He's there to accomplish a job, and if his team requires it, he'll put his nose to the grindstone and run himself to the ground. Kante will do so in every game, and he is unfazed by high-pressure situations.
3. Sergio Ramos .
He was also an important part of Los Blancos' epic La Decima triumph, scoring a stoppage time equalizer in the final. Ramos has always exhibited a fighting mentality on the football field, and he is not a man who will be intimidated. He is, in fact, the one who makes others feel threatened. Ramos' abrasive personality has made him a divisive figure, but there's no denying that he's a champion and a multiple winner. The Spanish Player now ply his trade in French League
2. Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi is one of the all-time great footballers. He had a fantastic club career and won his first major international trophy this past summer. Argentina won the Copa America for the first time in 28 years, with Messi being named player of the tournament. He's scored in both Champions League finals and has consistently delivered for his team when they've needed him most. In 73 Champions League knockout stage matches, he has scored 49 goals and assisted on 12 occasions. In a must-win World Cup qualifier for Argentina in 2018, Messi scored an unbelievable hat trick against Ecuador. During the initial phases of the 2018 World Cup, he was also heavily chastised. Argentina needed to win their final group game against Nigeria. He scored the game's first goal and finished with a match-winning effort for La Albiceleste in the match.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo
Whether you like him or not, you have to admire him. Many players draw attention to themselves, and Cristiano Ronaldo is undoubtedly one of them. There were numerous moments of brilliance during his time at Manchester United, but they were always accompanied by an aura of arrogance. However, since his arrival at Real, that number has risen tenfold. And, to make matters worse, then, Jose Mourinho was his manager, the attention element skyrocketed. Pressure, expectation, and criticism are unavoidable, but Ronaldo requires them in order to succeed. The battle with Lionel Messi is fierce, but it hasn't stopped the Portuguese international from excelling in La Liga and the Champions League. It appears that the more pressure placed on the 36-year-old, the better he plays. Confidence and arrogance are two sides of the same coin. Ronaldo goes much beyond that limit, but it suits him. Back to his Manchester United.
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