The renowned magazine FourFourTwo has selected the best players in the world in 2023. In a ranking filled with champions from various tournaments and renowned figures like Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, and Erling Haaland, Colombian footballer Luis Diaz makes his appearance.
Luis Diaz among the top 100 players of the year
Luis Diaz’s name appears at position 53, surpassing players of the caliber of Bruno Fernandes, Achraf Hakimi, and Toni Kroos, according to the magazine’s ranking.
FourFourTwo describes Diaz as a rising figure at Liverpool, highlighting his brilliance and cunning on the field. The Colombian has become a reference, earning a special place in Merseyside and establishing himself as a worthy successor to Sadio Mane.
The FourFourTwo ranking named Erling Haaland, the Manchester City striker, as the best player of the year, followed by Jude Bellingham from Real Madrid and Harry Kane, another giant in the global football scene. Lionel Messi, winner of the Ballon d’Or, ranks sixth, while Cristiano Ronaldo did not secure a place on the list.
Luis Diaz in 2023
2023 was a year of ups and downs for Luis Diaz. A knee injury kept him off the pitch for the first three months. However, he recovered by mid-year and regained his prominence in the ongoing season, although he closed the year without titles with his club.
With the Colombian National Team, Diaz participated in two friendlies and six matches in the South American Qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup, showcasing his performance in the historic victory against Brazil in Barranquilla.
The footballer also faced personal challenges when his parents were kidnapped by the ELN in La Guajira. Fortunately, his mother was quickly rescued, but his father remained in captivity for nearly two weeks.
How does the magazine select the best players of the year?
FourFourTwo bases its selection on objective criteria such as individual performance, statistics, and relevance in national and international competitions, sparking debates about the world’s best players.
The future performance of these talented players, including Luis Diaz, will be crucial in determining whether they maintain or change their positions in future editions of this prestigious ranking.