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Top 5 best football referees in the world.

In this article, I will be unveiling the top 5 best football referees in the world.

1. Daniele Orsato

Daniele Orsato is an Italian football referee born on the 23rd November, 1975. He became a FIFA referee in 2010. He has served as a referee in qualifying matches for the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2012. 

In 2019, he gave out 10 yellow cards in an UEFA Champion League match between Manchester United and PSG. He was awarded in 2020 as the best referee by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS).

2. Felix Brych

Brych started refereeing in the Bundesliga in 2004 and was awarded his FIFA badge in 2007. He refereed his first senior international match in 2007 when he took charged of Romania's 2–0 win over Luxembourg in UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying Group G. 

In 2017, he was awarded the best Referee of the Year in the yearly Globe Soccer Awards.

3. Damir Skomina

Damir Skomina is a Slovenian former UEFA Elite category football referee. He officiated the iconic 2019–20 UEFA Champions League quarter-final match between Barcelona and Bayern Munich played at the Estádio da Luz in Lisbon where Bayern Munich trashed the Spanish club 8–2.

In August 2021, he retired as referee due to health problems, specifically his knees.

4. Antonio Mateu Lahoz

Mateu Lahoz is an international referee with experience at the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers and the 2018 FIFA World Cup. He refereed the 2021 UEFA Champions League Final between Manchester City and Chelsea

5. Néstor Pitana

Néstor Pitana is an Argentine football referee and former actor who refereed at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, 2015 Copa América and 2018 FIFA World Cup. He oversaw the opening match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup between Russia and Saudi Arabia. 

He became the second referee to take charge of the opening game and the Final in the same tournament.

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