It is no secret that the Premier League is not the best league in the English game.

For many fans, the league is the ultimate in the pursuit of glory and trophies, with the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool dominating the rankings.

Yet the Premier league is only one of the leagues in the UK.

Here, we look at some of the top players to be watching in the Premier leagues and around the world.


Cristiano Ronaldo This summer the Real Madrid striker is set to make a name for himself on the world stage.

With a record number of goals this season, Ronaldo is on course to score more than 100 goals this term, eclipsing Sir Bobby Charlton’s record of 100.

It is a feat that has only been done by some of Europe’s top strikers.

Ronaldo has also put on some spectacular displays for Portugal.

He has scored eight goals in two games against Belgium and England, with his tally of five against the hosts also the best for a player in the country.

In all, Ronaldo has scored 23 goals in his last nine games in the competition.

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Wayne Rooney The England captain is another superstar that has been linked with a move to Real Madrid.

Rooney has also been linked to a move abroad recently, but he has not been in the transfer market as much as he would have liked.

The England international has scored 20 goals in 20 games for the Red Devils, and his goals are second only to Cristiano.

Rooney is currently on loan at Manchester United and will be back in action for the English national team in the friendly against Spain in October.


Lionel Messi Messi has been at the top of the football world for some time.

His performances have been consistently top-class, and have earned him numerous awards and accolades.

Messi has won three La Liga titles and the Copa del Rey in the past four years, and the Argentine has been the subject of multiple transfer deals in the last year alone.

The player is now at the pinnacle of his sport, with several top players including Neymar, Neymar Jr and Ronaldo all currently at the same time.

It will be interesting to see if he makes a move this summer.


Diego Costa The Costa Rican striker has become one of Europe ‘s most sought after strikers in recent years.

He currently has seven goals in 11 appearances for Chelsea, but his goalscoring form has been inconsistent throughout the season.

Costa is still on the rise and will likely be back to his best form in a few years time.


Kevin De Bruyne De Bruyn is one of Belgium ‘s top players and has also enjoyed a prolific transfer window.

He is currently in the final year of his contract with the club and is currently looking to make his debut for the national side in the World Cup.

The talented striker is currently one of only two players to score a hat-trick for Belgium, and is expected to be a key player in their World Cup campaign.

De Bruynes current form will also be an important factor in his selection for England this summer, as they look to qualify for the World Championships for the first time in four years.


Mario Balotelli The former Manchester City star has enjoyed a brilliant season for the Italian giants, scoring 22 goals in just over two seasons with the Serie A club.

He will be looking to continue his remarkable form with AC Milan this summer as they face Juventus in the Champions League next season.


Cristian Zapata The Brazilian striker is one for the books.

He was once linked with an exit from the Brazilian national team, but has now signed a new deal that will keep him at the Parc des Princes until 2021.

Zapata is currently the top scorer in Brazil and is the subject the Brazilian media with reports suggesting that he could leave the club if his current contract expires in 2021.


Zlatan Ibrahimovic The Swedish striker has been one of European football’s most successful strikers this season.

Ibrahimovic has scored a record 27 goals in 30 appearances for the Swedes, and has been named the European Player of the Year.

He also has a massive contract in the summer, so he could be on the move this transfer window if he does not sign.


Alexis Sanchez The Chilean is currently enjoying a fantastic season in Arsenal, scoring 28 goals in 37 appearances.

The striker is also on the books of the Gunners, and will look to continue that form in 2018.


Thiago Silva Silva has become a world class striker for Manchester City.

The Brazilian is on a club record streak of scoring in 30 consecutive games, and he is now on his fifth title at the Etihad.

Silva is on the way to a record transfer to Barcelona, and it will be his second in the space of a year.


Sergio Aguero The Argentine striker