Although Liverpool are really struggling this season, Salah still maintains his quality as one of the best wingers in the world in 2023.
Years ago, wingers are mostly primarily known for dribbling and crossing the ball. But in modern football, they are expected to do much more; they get entrusted with creating chances, stretching the pitch, making vertical runs, easing pressure off strikers, creating space for teammates, completing take-ons to destabilise defences, as well as scoring goals. Some of the best players in the world are wingers.
A typical modern day winger can decide or change games on his own, and can be a menace to the opposition defence.
In this article, FootballOrbit brings you the top 10 best wingers in the world in 2023.
1. Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi is arguably the greatest player ever, and he seems to be getting better with age. The 35-year-old recently led Argentina to win the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
After leaving boyhood club Barcelona for PSG in 2021, Messi struggled in his first season in France.
He seemed to have overcome that slump this season though, as he has already notched 20 goals and 19 assists in 36 matches so far.
2. Mohamed Salah
Although the 2022/23 season has been topsy-turvy for Liverpool, Mohamed Salah still maintains his quality as one of the best wingers in the world.
Without Salah, things might have gotten worse for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
The 30-year-old currently has 27 goals and 11 assists in 44 games in all competitions.
3. Vinicius Junior
Vinicius Junior finally came of age at Real Madrid last season, and it was befitting that he scored the decisive goal in the UEFA Champions League final.
The Brazilian has continued from where he stopped last term by scoring 21 goals and providing 18 assists in 47 matches so far in 2022/23.
4. Khvicha Kvaratskhelia
The best signing of the 2022 summer transfer window, Khvicha Kvaratskhelia is also the breakout star of the season.
The Georgian winger joined Napoli from Dinamo Batumi for €11.5m last summer, and has gone on to inspire Napoli to become the best team in Europe.
Furthermore, Napoli are on the verge of winning the Serie A title for the first time in 33 years.
22-year-old Kvaratskhelia has scored 14 goals and provided 16 assists in 36 games so far.
5. Bukayo Saka
Bukayo Saka is one of the best players at Arsenal this season. The ever-improving youngster contributes more than just goals and assists for Mikel Arteta’s side.
The 21-year-old is also adept at tracking back, pressing, holding width for fellow attackers, dribbling and holding the ball up under pressure.
Moreso, it can be argued that Arsenal’s title charge rests on the brilliance of Saka, who has proven to be a game-changer for the Gunners.
He has played 42 matches so far this season, scoring 14 goals and laying on 11 assists.
6. Marcus Rashford
Marcus Rashford seems to have dropped off in recent seasons, no thanks to injury.
He has gotten his old mojo back under Erik ten Hag’s transformation at Old Trafford this season.
He has been sensationally decisive and prolific since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo and after returning back from the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
In 48 games in all competitions so far in 2022/23, Marcus Rashford has netted 28 goals and provided 10 assists!
Lack of discipline and injuries have prevented Neymar from fulfilling his immense potential, but the Brazilian still remains one of the best wingers in the world.
The extremely skillful PSG superstar is a player to watch whenever he is playing.
Neymar started this season strongly, but faded off and ultimately succumbed to a season-ending injury.
He had played 29 matches and scored 18 goals while he provided 17 assists before his injury woes.
8. Riyad Mahrez
A quick, creative and technically gifted player, Riyad Mahrez is capable of scoring goals, provide assists, as well as create chances for his teammates.
The Algerian might have been overshadowed by the presence of Erling Haaland at Manchester City this season, but has still managed to net 15 goals and provided 8 assists in 38 matches.
In a 3-0 victory against Sheffield United in April 2023, Mahrez became the first player since Alex Dawson in 1958 to score an hat-trick in the FA Cup semi-final.
9. Sadio Mane
Known for his goalscoring, creativity, stamina, pressing, dribbling and speed; Sadio Mane is one of the best wingers in the world.
The Senegalese moved to Bayern Munich from Liverpool last summer and hit the ground running immediately.
But a three months injury — that prevented him from playing at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar — derailed his season.
Mane has played 34 games in all competitions in 2022/23 so far, scoring 12 goals and providing 5 assists.
10. Rafael Leão
Rafael Leão was one of the players that impressed in the 2021/22 season, as he led AC Milan to the Serie A title for the first time since 2011.
A very skillful and technically gifted player, Leão has a burst of speed that makes him a dynamic forward.
Furthermore, he loves stretching and disrupting defences with his movements with and without the ball.
The Portuguese has played 41 matches in all competitions this season, registering 13 goals and 12 assists.