become the world’s best player – as players like
Ronaldo and Messi age into the latter stages of
7ROMELU LUKAKU, BELGIUM: Lukaku has become the go-to goal-scorer for Belgium with 16 goals in 13 appearances in all competitions. Manchester United
acquired Lukaku’s services over the summer when
the Premier League club signed the striker from
Everton for an initial £75m on a five-year contract.
Lukaku is also only the fourth player to score
more than 80 goals in the Premier League before
turning 24 (after Michael Owen, Robbie Fowler and
Rooney). He scored more goals than any other
Everton player in Premier League history (68).
Lukaku is one of only three players to have scored
more than 10 goals in each of the past five Premier
League seasons (alongside Olivier Giroud and
8N’GOLO KANTE, FRANCE: The defensive midfielder is an incredible passer, with next- level vision. He covers an unbelievable amount of ground, is a fantastic tackler with outstanding timing, and he controls the entire pitch while he’s on it. N’Golo Kante’s rise has been meteoric. After a sensational 2015-16 campaign at
Leicester City, the defensive midfielder landed with Chelsea for 2016-17 and won his second
consecutive Premier League title. But while he was excellent at Leicester, he was singularly
dominant with The Blues, and was named Premier League Player of the Year for his efforts.
Kante’s tackle and interception totals since 2015 are so far ahead of anyone else in the
Premier League that they can seem like statistical glitches.