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Top 15 right-wingers in the world 2023

1. Bukayo Saka (Arsenal)

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Bukayo Saka has transformed from a speedy wing-back to one of the best right-wingers in world football in just three years. At only 21 years old, he has the world at his feet. His speed, awareness, and passing ability are all impressive aspects of his game, but it is his innate decision-making that has been the foundation of his development.

The Arsenal No.7 consistently makes the right choices both on and off the ball, making him nearly impossible to defend against. He has been instrumental in Arsenal’s title charge and is still growing as a player. As he enters his mid-20s, he could become even more formidable.

2. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

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Once considered the epitome of a right-winger, Salah has slipped slightly down this ranking after failing to match his once-astounding highs this season. However, he remains one of Liverpool’s standout performers in their otherwise strange campaign. Over the last five years, he has proven to be evergreen, reinventing the right-winger for a new generation.

Salah’s career at Anfield has been nothing short of brilliant. How many forwards from any Premier League team have consistently produced such brilliance with absolutely no dip? Statistically, Salah is in a league with the likes of Ronaldo and Henry. Whatever happens to Liverpool, their talisman will remain just that: the center of Jurgen Klopp’s universe.

3. Rodrygo (Real Madrid)

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Federico Valverde has frequently played on the right side for Real Madrid under Carlo Ancelotti, possibly as a result of the club’s inability to sign their top target, Kylian Mbappe, as far back as Deadline Day 2021. However, they already have a right-winger in Rodrygo at the Bernabeu.

Rodrygo possesses the all-important ‘clutch’ gene, which is common among Real Madrid superstars, allowing him to make vital contributions in key matches. Down the right side, the Brazilian is decisive, calm, and savagely forceful. His breakout season has made full-backs nervous, and it’s simple to understand why.

4. Raphinha (Barcelona)

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Raphinha’s Barcelona career got off to a shaky start as he had to fight with Ousmane Dembele for the starting right-wing role. After Dembele sustained a long-term hamstring injury in January, Barcelona manager Xavi put his trust in Raphinha, and the Brazilian has not disappointed.

He has subsequently sprung into life, scoring four crucial goals since February to help Barcelona win La Liga. This explains why the Catalans paid Leeds United such a hefty fee for him in the first place. Raphinha has also assisted Robert Lewandowski by cutting infield to use his magical left foot.

5. Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City)

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Riyad Mahrez has developed a successful career in Manchester and Leicester by cutting in on his left foot to supply and score goals. While he may not start as frequently as he once did, the Algerian has established himself as a dependable big game player, a terrific creator, and a source of exquisite goals over the years. He may be passed his peak at 32, but he is still a good player.

6. Serge Gnabry (Bayern Munich)

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Serge Gnabry is carving out himself as a regular figure in German football after signing longer-term contracts with Bayern Munich and routinely doing well for his country. Gnabry is a two-footed, explosive, and ferociously clever defender who can beat opponents both inside and outside the box. Above all, he’s a lot of fun to watch and can play with other players when he’s in the mood. It’s no surprise he’s so popular in Germany.

7. Miguel Almiron (Newcastle United)

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Miguel Almiron has been a surprise package in the Premier League this season. He has been a revelation, scoring 11 goals in his first 25 games, compared to his previous record of only nine league goals. Almiron has been electric, combining with players like Bruno Guimaraes and Callum Wilson to show why he had such incredible output in MLS before joining Newcastle United.

He has been one of the players of the season, helping to propel Newcastle United into the Champions League positions. And he shows no signs of slowing down.

8. Leroy Sane ( FC Bayern München)

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It’s impossible to tell how much Leroy Sane has grown since leaving Manchester City for Bayern Munich. His overall goal contribution production has been consistent since his arrival in 2020, but the Germany international has yet to entirely dominate at the Allianz Arena like Serge Gnabry and Robert Lewandowski have in prior years.

Having said that, Sane remains a creative danger out wide and can unleash lethal long-range shots with his left foot. He contributes significantly to both Bayern Munich and the German national team.

9. Federico Chiesa (Juventus)

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Federico Chiesa’s excellent performance for Italy at Euro 2020 brought the electrifying winger to the forefront of top-player debates. Chiesa was once a potential talent at Fiorentina before Juventus made an attractive offer in 2020. The Italian needed some time to adjust in Turin, but he burst down the stretch of the 2020/21 season, setting the tone for his career-changing summer.

Chiesa is equally talented on both sides, thrives on the counter-attack, can run behind opponents at will, and has evolved into a shrewd final-third decision-maker. In the next years, he will be a player to keep an eye on.

10. Dejan Kulusevski (Tottenham Hotspur)

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The difference in Tottenham’s performance with and without their Swedish star, Dejan Kulusevski, is staggering. This is largely due to his superb all-around game. He doesn’t need an overlapping winger or midfielders to link up with him – he’s physical, deft, and capable of producing a creative spark to free up Kane and Son beside him.

Kulusevski may not have been as impressive this season, which is why he’s further down this list than he’d like. However, the 22-year-old felt like he was dying under Antonio Conte’s system. With the Italian gone, it’s likely that Kulusevski will flourish once more.

11. Jarrod Bowen (West Ham United )

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Jarrod Bowen’s path has taken him from non-league Hereford United to West Ham and Europa Conference League championships.

Bowen has constantly excelled in east London since joining from Hull City in 2019, but the 2021/22 season was a turning point for the hardworking right winger. Before earning his first England appearances, the Englishman scored 12 Premier League goals and made 10 assists for West Ham.

Bowen is a determined winger who, because to his work rate and defensive effort, frequently generates chances for himself. He will be remembered for scoring the winning goal in the Europa Conference League for West Ham.

12. Antony (Manchester United)

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Was Antony’s asking price of £85 million too high? Perhaps. But that doesn’t make him any less fascinating to watch. Manchester United’s multi-million dollar man has delighted supporters thus far in his United career, dancing around defenders and displaying an explosive finish that some questioned. He’s still young and will only become better with age, so keep a watch on him.

13. Angel Di Maria

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Angel Di Maria has been playing at an elite level for nearly a decade, aside from his time at Manchester United. His game has had to alter as he nears the end of his career, but the Argentine remains one of the top right wingers in the world.

Di Maria played a secondary role at PSG. He couldn’t equal Kylian Mbappe’s output or challenge Neymar’s dominance with the ball, but he kept PSG’s ego-laden assault in check. He played an underappreciated part in their run to the Champions League final in 2020. He is presently back at Benfica following a brief stint at Juventus.

14. Moussa Diaby

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Moussa Diaby emerged as a significant figure at Bayer Leverkusen in the post-Kai Havertz era. Before his goal production surged in 2021/22, the Frenchman was mostly a creator off the wing. Diaby led Die Werkself’s return to the Champions League with a career-high 13 Bundesliga goals and 12 assists.

Diaby exemplifies contemporary wing play. He inverts to the right to cause havoc in more middle zones, but he also has the speed and finesse to defeat his guy on the outside. His two-footedness adds to his mystery in possession, and he’s also an excellent ball striker.

15. Domenico Berardi

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Domenico Berardi, who is frequently underappreciated, has led a good existence at Sassuolo. While he is surely skilled enough to join one of Serie A’s best teams, the Italy international has constantly chosen the comfort of familiarity.

Berardi has been an output machine at Sassuolo and must be considered one of Italy’s greatest 2010s goods. However, his unwillingness to compete at the greatest level in the country keeps him out of our top 10. Despite this, he is still a talented and key player for both Sassuolo and Italy.

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