Rating the 100 best footballers of the last decade (2010-2020)

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Ranking the 100 greatest footballers of the decade (2010-2020)


The New Yr is on the horizon and what an unbelievable decade of soccer we have been handled to.

From Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi scoring each 10 seconds, Leicester Metropolis successful the Premier League and France changing into world champions, there’s been no scarcity of reminiscences.

And right here at GIVEMESPORT, we have been reminiscing on the final 10 years, choosing all the things from probably the most thrilling video games, most interesting groups, best targets and even the most effective wanting kits.

However we have now taken on our hardest and most vital retrospective of the festive interval: counting down the highest 100 footballers of the last decade.

As you may think about, choosing the candidates and rating all of them wasn’t simple, however be a part of us in celebrating a exceptional decade of the ‘lovely recreation’ by viewing and disputing our last record.

100. Jamie Vardy

Contemplating Vardy began the last decade as a Non-League footballer, his rise to a Premier League champion and appearance-maker within the 2018 World Cup is just staggering.

The 32-year-old is now approaching a century of targets in England’s high division and finds himself amongst Europe’s most prolific scorers with 17 strikes for Leicester Metropolis this season.

99. Keylor Navas

Navas hit headlines around the globe along with his beautiful efficiency for Costa Rica on the 2014 World Cup, earlier than spending 5 years at Actual Madrid the place he was criminally underrated.

The now Paris Saint-Germain ‘keeper performed between the sticks for 3 Champions League titles on the Bernabeu and his legacy will proceed develop on reflection.

98. Fernando Torres

We solely noticed glimpses of a primary Torres throughout the present decade, though he nonetheless scored over 90 targets after 2009, however the Spanish striker earns his place with a surprising trophy cupboard.

Torres held the World Cup, European Championship, Europa League and Champions League titles concurrently in 2013 and gained the Golden Boot at Euro 2012.

97. James Rodriguez

How may we miss a World Cup Golden Boot winner? Rodriguez turned an instantaneous famous person when he scored six instances – together with THAT volley in opposition to Uruguay – in the summertime of 2014.

Issues have fizzled out since then, however you may’t ignore 37 targets and two Champions League titles with Actual Madrid as nicely first rate spells at AS Monaco and Bayern Munich.

96. Rio Ferdinand

Ferdinand may need hung up his boots in 2015 after a horrible season with Queens Park Rangers, however he entered the last decade as top-of-the-line defenders on the planet.

The Englishman squeezes his means on to the record after some world-class shows throughout the 2011 and 2013 Premier League title wins alongside one other participant who will characteristic additional down…

95. Marco Reus

Now a bona fide Borussia Dortmund legend, Reus could be a lot larger on the record – in addition to in possession of a World Cup winners’ medal – if it wasn’t for a collection of heartbreaking accidents.

However regardless of spending over 12 months on the remedy desk, the 30-year-old has scored over 120 targets from midfield at Dortmund and been named Bundesliga Participant of the Season thrice.

94. Mario Mandzukic

One of the vital underrated strikers of the fashionable period and a person who was prolific all over the place he went: Wolfsburg, Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid, Juventus and for his nation, Croatia.

The revered goal man additionally had the excellence of scoring in two Champions League finals and the second of which – a bicycle in opposition to Actual Madrid – can be replayed for many years to come back.

93. Branislav Ivanovic

The Chelsea legend is arguably the Premier League’s greatest right-back of the final 10 years in addition to a defender who at all times had an eye fixed for objective, discovering the online 34 instances for the Blues.

Ivanovic gained all of it throughout the 2010s, ending the last decade with a Champions League title, Europa League crown, two Premier League trophies, two FA Cups and a League Cup.

92. Roberto Firmino

Have a look at Firmino’s goal-scoring file and also you is likely to be underwhelmed, however what the Liverpool man is all about when you’ve ever seen him play. ‘Full’ does not even do him justice.

His significance to Liverpool successful the Champions League, UEFA Tremendous Cup and FIFA Membership World Cup cannot be articulated and he even bagged the Copa America for good measure.

91. Andrea Barzagli

If it wasn’t for his or her impermeable defender, Juventus would by no means have dominated Italian soccer this decade and Barzagli has performed an enormous position in that monopoly.

The without end underrated centre-back gained all the things within the home recreation, it is only a disgrace that two Champions League last losses and a silver medal at Euro 2012 got here in tandem.

90. Ashley Cole

When you think about Cole was the most effective left-back on the earth on the flip of 2010, it appears harsh that the Premier League legend barely makes his means into the highest 100.

Nonetheless, we by no means noticed the most effective of him once more by the point Jose Mourinho returned to Stamford Bridge and three years of world-class shows is not sufficient to push him any larger.

89. Maicon

From the most effective left-back in 2010 to the most effective right-back. Maicon was certainly one of Inter’s star performers throughout their Champions League triumph and scored a surprising objective in that yr’s World Cup.

Like Cole, although, we had seen the most effective of Maicon by the point 2013 rolled round and it was clear that father time was catching up with him when Gareth Bale turned him inside-out.

88. Jan Oblak

Oblak is revered by many as the most effective goalkeeper within the enterprise and boasts an astonishing clear sheet file at Atletico Madrid with 4 consecutive La Liga Zamora Trophy wins.

Chuck in Europa League and UEFA Tremendous Cup triumphs, and you’ve got your self a goalkeeper who appears destined to complete even larger when 2020s lists are penned sooner or later.

87. Miroslav Klose

Klose reminded us all that age is only a quantity with 4 targets on the 2010 World Cup after which an additional two strikes at Brazil 2014 to make himself the competitors’s file goal-scorer.

Nonetheless, the German did greater than impress on the World Cup and produced a number of the most prolific seasons of his profession – scoring 63 instances in 170 Lazio video games – throughout the 2010s.

86. Danielle de Rossi

The very fact De Rossi did not win a single main honour this decade is an absolute travesty, however we’re speaking a couple of midfielder who does not want silverware to precise his high quality.

De Rossi dominated midfielders a few years his junior throughout 277 outings for AS Roma post-2010 and was picked within the UEFA Workforce of the Event throughout Italy’s agonising Euro 2012 run.

85. Didier Drogba

Beginning the last decade with the Premier League title and Golden Boot was fairly good going, however including the Champions League to his assortment two years later was even sweeter.

That impressed efficiency in Munich is sufficient to warrant Dorgba’s inclusion alone, even when he did fall off the radar with spells at Galatasaray and Montreal Influence earlier than his retirement.

84. Alisson Becker

Liverpool’s primary gained all the things below the solar in 2019: Copa America, Champions League, FIFA Membership World, Golden Glove, Yachine Award and FIFA Goalkeeper of the Yr.

In consequence, we have to contemplate him because the world’s greatest goalkeeper on present type and choosing him in 84th place is the least we are able to do.

83. Samuel Eto’o

Barcelona had been left kicking themselves for ever promoting Eto’o when he helped encourage Inter Milan to Champions League glory and scored 53 targets in simply 102 appearances throughout his time in Italy.

Then, after a weird switch to Anzhi Makhachkala, we received to see one last world-class season from the Cameroonian as he notched 12 targets within the Premier League with Chelsea.

82. Romelu Lukaku

Does this imply Lukaku is best than Eto’o? On no account in any respect, however Lukaku has been extra constant over the last decade in query and bagged over 100 Premier League targets for proof.

Over 50 targets for Belgium earlier than his 27th birthday is equally spectacular and 14 strikes already this season – greater than Cristiano Ronaldo – proves he is already successful with Inter Milan.

81. Antonio Di Natale

Think about scoring extra Serie A targets than every other striker this decade once you had been taking part in for a membership that certified for the Europa League at greatest. Insane. 

On the flip of 2010, Di Natale was already in his thirties, however nonetheless managed to attain greater than 20 targets in 5 seasons and reached the Serie A Workforce of the Yr thrice in a row.

80. David Alaba

You may count on to see loads of gamers from the 2013 Bayern Munich aspect on this record and Alaba’s position in that success noticed him succeed Cole because the world’s greatest left-back.

The Austrian’s reign on the high was too brief for him to be positioned any larger, however over 300 matches and 17 main honours with Bayern means he can by no means be praised an excessive amount of.

79. Hugo Lloris

We’re speaking a couple of interval of 10 years right here and for each single certainly one of them, Lloris has been within the dialog for the world’s greatest goalkeeper.

The 33-year-old has been an absolute cut price for Tottenham throughout 246 Premier League outings and captained France to World Cup glory despite dropping a clanger within the last.

78. Carlos Tevez

Tevez entered the last decade like a person possessed with over 50 targets for Manchester Metropolis and, after falling off the radar for a season, waved goodbye to the membership with 17 strikes in 2012-13.

The Argentine then transferred his goal-scoring experience to Juventus, discovering himself unfortunate to overlook out on the 2015 Champions League, and completed the 2010s in type with Boca Juniors.

77. Diego Forlan

One other participant who solely gave a glimpse of his greatest soccer throughout the decade in query, however we’re speaking a couple of striker who gained the 2010 World Cup Golden Ball by a distance.

These 5 screamers in South Africa, mixed with Europa League and UEFA Tremendous Cup triumphs, are sufficient to maintain Forlan rubbing shoulders along with his contemporaries.

76. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Objectives, targets, targets. Aubameyang caught the eyes of the world along with his scoring at Saint-Etienne after which went one higher with 141 strikes in simply over 200 video games for Borussia Dortmund.

A transfer to Arsenal has since backfired, however 54 targets in 84 appearances – in addition to a Ballon d’Or nod – is miraculous when you think about their plight below Arsene Wenger and Unai Emery.

75. Javier Mascherano

Via all of Barcelona’s success over the previous 10 years, Mascherano has been certainly one of their most neglected gamers and at all times did all the things in his energy for the staff.

Brace your self for his trophy cupboard this decade: two Champions League wins, 5 La Liga titles, 5 Copa del Rey triumphs, two UEFA Tremendous Cups and a pair of FIFA Membership World Cup victories.

74. Thiago Alcantara

From certainly one of Barca’s shrewdest signings to certainly one of their stupidest gross sales. Alcantara was snapped up by his former supervisor Pep Guardiola in 2013 and Bayern’s midfield hasn’t look again since.

The 28-year-old has gained each trophy below the solar throughout his spells in Germany and Spain, whereas the very fact he is solely made a single Bundesliga Workforce of the Yr is nothing in need of prison.

73. Thiago Silva

We’d have been speaking about Silva as one of many best defenders in historical past if he hadn’t picked Paris Saint-Germain over the hoards of European golf equipment chasing his signature in 2012.

We’re not denying that Silva has been a world-class centre-back, however his skills make you would like he’d chosen a staff that would ship the Champions League glory that he deserves.

72. Dani Carvajal

There was no disputing the world’s greatest right-back when Carvajal was lifting 4 Champions League trophies within the house of 5 years on the Bernabeu.

The Spaniard may not get pulses racing with dramatic runs into the penalty space, however he stays top-of-the-line defensive full-backs we have seen for the reason that flip of the last decade.

71. Paul Pogba

If Pogba persistently produced the shows that noticed him star on the 2018 World Cup, which he helped impressed France to victory in, he would have been in rivalry for the highest 20 at worst.

Nonetheless, the Frenchman has confirmed an excessive amount of of a handful at up-and-down spells with Juventus and Manchester United to warrant something larger than 71st place.

70. Diego Costa

What an absolute beast. Costa was the newest world-class striker to alight the Atletico Madrid conveyor belt when he scored 36 targets in 52 video games on his solution to the La Liga trophy.

The Spaniard reproduced that type in English soccer, successful two Premier League titles in three years at Chelsea, and Antonio Conte ought to by no means have given him the boot.

69. Sadio Mane

Even when Mane was shining at Crimson Bull Salzburg and Southampton within the first half of the last decade, no person may have anticipated him to complete it in rivalry for the Ballon d’Or.

Nonetheless, Mane was arguably Liverpool’s star performer on their solution to Champions League glory and impressed Senegal to a historic African Cup of Nations last shortly after.

68. Pepe

When Pepe was taking part in alongside a defender who will seem additional down the record, there wasn’t a strike-force in Europe that wasn’t intimidated.

The defender’s bullish taking part in type was essential in Actual’s first three Champions League wins of the last decade and his position in Portugal’s cost to the highest at Euro 2016 stays underrated.

67. Petr Cech

You would be laborious pressed to seek out many goalkeepers in higher type than Cech when 2009 switched to 2010 and he remained Chelsea’s undisputed primary till Mourinho’s second season again.

Cech was named his nation’s greatest participant for six years on the bounce, gained a last Golden Glove at Stamford Bridge and even led Arsenal to a file clear sheet complete in 2015-16.

66. Vincent Kompany

Accidents had been so merciless to Kompany throughout the 2010s, however he made the Premier League his playground at any time when he took to the pitch and captained Metropolis to 4 league titles.

Marry that to 4 League Cup wins, two FA Cup trophies, three appearances within the PFA Workforce of the Yr, a Premier League Participant of the Yr award and you’ve got your self a stellar 10 years.

65. Jerome Boateng

Between 2013 and 2014, Boateng was the defensive rock behind Bayern’s Champions League triumph and Germany’s run to the World Cup trophy.

Simply because Lionel Messi left him in a tangle one yr later and issues have petered out in recent times, remember simply how indomitable Boateng actually was for a lot of the decade.

64. Steven Gerrard

We have arguably been too beneficiant to Gerrard right here, however he nonetheless managed to play a few of his greatest soccer at Liverpool – most notably in 2013-14 – earlier than waving goodbye to Anfield in 2015.

Nonetheless, we’re giving the England legend the good thing about the doubt when you think about he may most likely outperform 90% of the gamers on this record when he was actually on tune.

63. Yaya Toure

We really feel obliged to reward Toure for his 2013/14 season alone, the place he impressed Metropolis to the league title with 20 targets, 10 set-piece strikes, 9 assists and 40 possibilities created.

However the Ivorian additionally began the last decade as an underrated asset to Barcelona, teed up Metropolis for his or her first Premier League victory and captained his nation to glory on the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

62. Raphael Varane

On the coronary heart of Actual’s Champions League and La Liga triumphs over the past 10 years has been Varane, the initially age-defying defender who additionally has a World Cup trophy to his title.

Our solely remorse about Varane is that he hasn’t emerged because the legendary centre-back that his expertise, in addition to Mourinho’s feedback, counsel that he may have turn into.

61. Raheem Sterling

Premier League followers collectively face-palmed when Sterling was snapped up by Metropolis for £49 million in 2015, however the Englishman is now accepted as top-of-the-line gamers on the earth.

With 66 targets throughout his final two and a half seasons on the Etihad Stadium, plus eight strikes in his final 9 England outings, you may count on him to position even larger throughout the 2020s.

60. Thibaut Courtois

Simply because he is made a gradual begin to life at Actual Madrid, it does not imply we must always overlook his stellar shows for Atletico and Chelsea, to not point out his World Cup Golden Glove.

The Premier League and La Liga are broadly thought-about to be the world’s hardest leagues and Courtois has gained each titles in addition to ending seasons in every with probably the most clear sheets.

59. John Terry

If you happen to see a Premier League staff of the last decade with out Terry at centre-back, then it is both all the way down to recency bias or they’ve forgotten simply how excellent the ex-Chelsea captain actually was.

Terry performed each minute of the Blues’ league triumph in 2014-15, regardless of lengthy surpassing his 30th birthday, and lifted the identical trophy twice extra in addition to the Champions League, too.

58. Mats Hummels

However sorry, John, we won’t choose you above a World Cup-winning colossus and Hummels spent a lot of the mid-2010s being revered as the game’s greatest defender.

Issues have fizzled out lately with a return to Dortmund, however Hummels was only a Champions League away from successful each main trophy throughout his time at Bayern Munich.

57. Frank Lampard

Simply as Lampard’s profession nosediving, he helped encourage Chelsea to their first European cup, bagged 17 targets in 2012-13 and have become the membership’s all-time file goalscorer.

Even when Lampard wound out his profession with Manchester Metropolis and New York Metropolis, he was nonetheless discovering the online regularly and bowed out in much more spectacular trend than Gerrard.

56. Thomas Muller

On the midway level of the last decade, Muller would have seemed nailed on for the highest 20 after scoring 5 targets at each the 2010 and 2014 World Cup tournaments.

The German nonetheless deserves loads of reward for 21 main honours and virtually 200 targets for Bayern, however scoring lower than 10 targets in three of his final 4 seasons has left so much to be desired.

55. Cesc Fabregas

Fabregas was a power to be reckoned with throughout his penultimate season at Arsenal and his three-year spell with Barcelona will get much more criticism than it deserves.

He then arrived at Chelsea, racking up a surprising 18 assists on his solution to a maiden Premier League crown – and did we point out he gained a World Cup and European Championship, too?

54. Harry Kane

Similar to Aubameyang, that is all about targets. Kane may not boast the trophy cupboard of gamers each above and beneath him, however he is consolidated himself as a world-class quantity 9.

Kane romped his solution to back-to-back Premier League Golden Boots, gained the equal award on the 2018 World Cup and changing into England’s all-time main scorer appears a formality.

53. Nemanja Vidic

The very fact Vidic is over 40 locations forward of Ferdinand reveals he dealt much better with an advancing age and remained certainly one of United’s strongest performances up till his 2014 departure.

In 2011 alone, the Serbian lifted the Premier League trophy, reached a Champions League last, earned a spot within the PFA Workforce of the Yr and featured within the FIFPro World XI.

52. Leonardo Bonucci

On the subject of world-class defenders, few come near Bonucci and his spectacular 2017 noticed him named in FIFA’s Workforce of the Yr regardless of struggling a second Champions League last loss.

Barring that doomed yr with AC Milan, the Italian has been one of many sport’s most constant centre-backs and has an eye-watering seven Serie A trophies to point out for his efforts.

51. Radamel Falcao

As soon as upon a time, Falcao was the world’s greatest quantity 9 and it wasn’t even shut, scoring 71 targets in simply 91 video games at Atletico Madrid to fireside himself into Ballon d’Or rivalry.

Dreadful mortgage spells at United and Chelsea slammed the brakes on proceedings, however he nonetheless noticed out the last decade with some sensible shows at AS Monaco, together with 30 targets in 2016/17.

50. Diego Godin

If ever you see Godin’s performances flying below the radar, it is as a result of his defensive nous is so sensible that you just simply do not discover him generally.

In addition to successful the Spanish league title and reaching two Champions League finals, the implausible Uruguayan has additionally been an everyday fixture in La Liga and UEFA’s greatest XIs.

49. Kevin De Bruyne

Oh child. Few midfielders can maintain a candle to De Bruyne proper now and he appears on the right track for each the Premier League assists file and the PFA Participant of the Yr award this season.

The Belgian is barely held again by solely reaching world degree below Guardiola’s gaze, however underrate his performances below Manuel Pellegrini and with Wolfsburg at your peril.

48. Angel Di Maria

Barring his temporary spell with United – which he nonetheless racked up 10 assists, by the best way – you would be laborious pressed to say Di Maria has produced a single unhealthy season all through the last decade.

The Argentine dropped a Man of the Match show within the 2014 Champions League last, reached a World Cup climax the identical yr and continues to shine in a star-studded PSG aspect.

47. David Villa

Kicking off the last decade because the joint top-scorer on the World Cup is a fairly spectacular begin and Villa rounded off 2010 as the ultimate addition in certainly one of soccer’s best ever entrance threes.

The recently-retired striker performed three superb seasons at Barcelona, scoring within the 2011 Champions League last, and have become Spain’s file goal-scorer with 59 strikes from 98 caps.

46. Mohamed Salah

No person may have anticipated this after Salah flopped at Chelsea, however two Golden Boots throughout his first two seasons at Liverpool have made the Egyptian one of many world’s greatest gamers.

In addition to having a Champions League winners’ medal to point out for his efforts, Salah bagged the Puskas Award and scored THAT penalty for Egypt to safe World Cup qualification.

45. Alexis Sanchez

Let’s simply overlook his spell at Manchester United for one second and keep in mind how unbelievable Sanchez was throughout his time with Udinese, Barcelona and Arsenal.

However except for successful a glut of Spanish trophies and three FA Cups, Sanchez most notably impressed his nation to back-to-back Copa America titles in 2015 and 2016.

44. Wesley Sneijder

Solutions that Sneijder deserved the 2010 Ballon d’Or are just a little dramatic, however the former Inter Milan midfielder nonetheless warrants such a excessive putting for that yr alone.

The Dutchman gained the Champions League, Serie A and Coppa Italia for a historic treble below Mourinho and scored 5 targets for the Netherlands on their to the 2010 World Cup last.

43. Pedro

If there may be justice on the earth, Pedro can be heralded because the Barcelona legend he actually is and one which scored 45 targets throughout the first two seasons of the 2010s.

The Spaniard collected the World Cup, Champions League, European Championships and FIFA Membership World Cup as his reward, earlier than including the Premier League to his assortment at Chelsea.

42. Wayne Rooney

You already know you’ve got had a fairly good decade once you turn into Manchester United and England’s file goal-scorer, even when issues have petered out at Everton and DC United in recent times.

The 34-year-old gained the PFA Participant of the Yr award, two Premier League titles, two League Cups, the FA Cup and scored THAT bicycle kick at Previous Trafford throughout the decade in query.

41. Robin van Persie

When ‘RVP’ returned from damage in 2010, he got here again because the world’s greatest quantity 9 and romped his solution to consecutive Premier League Golden Boots and the PFA Participant of the Yr award.

His magnum opus got here at Manchester United with a primary English league title, scoring no fewer than 30 targets, earlier than shining on the 2014 World Cup and unwinding his profession at Feyenoord.

40. Gareth Bale

Bale introduced himself by destroying Inter Milan residence and away in 2010, earlier than proving he was actually world-class with 20 Premier League targets from out extensive throughout the 2012/13 marketing campaign.

He then bagged a world-record transfer to Actual Madrid, scoring the winner in his first Champions League last, and has since bagged three extra European crowns in addition to 104 targets in Spain.

39. Giorgio Chiellini

All three members of Juventus’ well-known ‘BBC’ defence have made this record, however no person can deny that Chiellini has been the star man from the three.

Other than boasting each Italian trophy accessible twice over, the 35-year-old was named in Juve’s best XI in historical past and made the Serie A Workforce of the Yr 5 instances in seven years.

38. Gonzalo Higuain

Higuain scored an astonishing quantity of targets at Actual Madrid contemplating his restricted game-time, however elevated himself to the subsequent degree with 91 strikes in fewer than 150 video games for Napoli.

Chuck in one other 31 targets for Argentina and a highly-underrated stint with Juventus, which has harvested 61 targets, and you’ve got one of many best strikers of the last decade.

37. David de Gea

Has there been a greater shot-stopper in world soccer throughout the 2010s? De Gea has been named the Sir Matt Busby Participant of the Yr a file 4 instances for his heroic shows in England.

Match of the Day even awarded him their Save of the Season accolade 5 instances in six seasons and despite his latest struggles, spent a few years considered the world’s greatest goalkeeper.

36. Bastian Schweinsteiger

When Bayern hoovered up the Champions League, Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal in 2013, Schweinsteiger shined as one of many Bavarian’s star performers.

He additionally reached the 2010 World Cup Dream Workforce after producing probably the most assists and went one higher 4 years later by gathering the primary prize itself with a heroic show within the last.

35. Edinson Cavani

Once more: targets, targets, targets. Cavani established himself as a membership legend at Napoli with 104 targets within the house of simply three seasons and in addition notched up a half-century of strikes for Uruguay.

The ahead has spent the final seven campaigns with PSG, by no means scoring lower than 23 targets annually, and overtook Zlatan Ibrahimovic because the membership’s all-time file goal-scorer.

34. Mesut Ozil

If it wasn’t for some stagnant latest years with Arsenal – he is by no means topped that 19-assist season in 2015-16 – the German playmaker would discover himself a lot nearer to the highest 20.

Ozil was a key affect in Germany’s trek to the 2014 World Cup and his three years below Mourinho at Actual Madrid arguably noticed him turn into the world’s greatest midfielder.

33. Virgil van Dijk

For a person who ticked over with sound performances at Celtic and Southampton, it is credit score to Van Dijk’s unbelievable affect at Liverpool that he finishes above the likes of Vidic and Chiellini.

The Dutchman impressed the Reds to Champions League glory, has them on the cusp of a maiden Premier League trophy and got here simply seven votes away from successful the 2019 Ballon d’Or.

32. Kylian Mbappe

This man may simply take first place for the 2020s. Contemplating Mbappe continues to be simply 21 years previous, the very fact he is a World Cup winner and has scored over 100 targets is nothing in need of astonishing.

We will not reward him an excessive amount of contemplating he solely turned skilled in 2015, however he is already nicely forward of schedule to turn into one of many best gamers the game has ever seen.

31. Jordi Alba

Since his memorable objective within the Euro 2012 last, Alba has by no means been far-off from the title of world’s greatest left-back and solely went from energy to energy after swapping Valencia for Barca.

Shifting to the Camp Nou ensured Alba had the La Liga and Champions League crowns his title, whereas he is additionally shaped a near-telepathic reference to somebody who may high this record…

30. N’Golo Kante

Coming from absolute obscurity to win two consecutive Premier League titles, the World Cup, FA Cup and Europa League does not appear to do Kante’s fairytale decade justice.

Nonetheless, Kante defied all the chances to rise from an obscure Leicester signing to the most effective participant in English soccer and is now estimated to be price an eye-watering £90 million.

29. Eden Hazard

Arriving at Chelsea in 2012 as one of many world’s highest-rated kids, he would go away seven years later as one of many membership’s best ever gamers and a PFA award winner.

Hazard can now construct on his legacy at Actual Madrid after ending his time in England with two Premier League crowns, two Europa League wins, an FA Cup title and the League Cup.

28. David Silva

One of many best ever Premier League gamers. Silva will depart Manchester Metropolis subsequent summer time as a membership legend and with three league titles, in addition to 9 home honours, to point out for it.

He was additionally a part of Spain’s World Cup-winning squad in 2010 and headed residence the opening objective within the Euro 2012 last to pave the best way for his second European Championship medal.

27. Toni Kroos

This man loves trophies. You already know you’ve got had a profitable decade once you had been a part of the 2013 Bayern Munich aspect, 2014 Germany staff and Zinedine Zidane’s Actual Madrid outfit.

However except for successful every bit of silverware accessible, Kroos has confirmed himself to be one of many world’s most versatile midfielders and rarely drops beneath a move completion fee of 90%.

26. Antoine Griezmann

Do not be fooled by his gradual begin to life at Barcelona, Griezmann has loved a spectacular 10 years and look no additional than 133 targets in 257 video games with Atletico Madrid for proof.

The ahead was additionally topped the most effective participant and high scorer at Euro 2016, earlier than discovering the online thrice on France’s path to changing into world champions two years later.

25. Iker Casillas

Casillas’ greatest days had been behind him by the point 2010 rolled round, however there was nonetheless sufficient magic for him to supply an unforgettable save from Arjen Robben in that yr’s World Cup last.

The Actual Madrid legend had time so as to add a second European Championship trophy to his assortment, too, and captained Los Blancos to their first Champions League crown in 12 years.

24. Xabi Alonso

Alonso had already established himself as a world-class participant at Liverpool, however a five-year stint at Actual Madrid – which led to a second Champions League win – elevated him to legend standing.

Spherical that off with the identical medals that lots of the Spanish gamers on this record have earned, plus an underrated spell with Bayern Munich, to see precisely why Alonso has positioned so excessive.

23. Philipp Lahm

Captaining your membership and nation to Champions League and World Cup trophies throughout the house of a yr is justification for 23rd place alone, however Lahm did greater than hold an armband heat.

Lahm is without doubt one of the best defensive full-backs the sport has ever seen and Guardiola reacted to his retirement by saying: “soccer goes to overlook top-of-the-line gamers ever.”

22. Sergio Aguero

Aguero has made the Premier League his playground over the past 10 years: successful the title 4 instances, gathering the 2014/15 Golden Boot and scoring greater than 27 targets in all however one season.

Plus, we needed to reward a participant who scored arguably probably the most iconic objective of the last decade in opposition to QPR in 2012 and away from Metropolis duties, he is additionally bagged over 40 strikes for Argentina.

21. Franck Ribery

The Bayern legend had a fairly good case for the 2013 Ballon d’Or after successful the Bundesliga, Champions League, DFB-Pokal, UEFA Tremendous Cup and FIFA Membership World Cup all in seven months.

However even once you put that yr to the aspect, Ribery produced extra assists than every other participant in Germany for 3 years on the bounce and reached the Workforce of the Season 5 instances.

20. Manuel Neuer

If Neuer may have maintained the shape he confirmed throughout the center of the last decade, he would simply have been the highest-rated goalkeeper on this record. Keep tuned for the true winner.

However we’re nonetheless speaking a couple of World Cup and Champions League winner who, because of a surprising 2014, got here nearer than any shot-stopper to successful the Ballon d’Or since Oliver Kahn in 2002.

19. Andrea Pirlo

It says all the things about Pirlo that regardless of taking part in his greatest soccer earlier than 2010, he was nonetheless so sensible throughout this decade that he makes the highest 20 regardless.

The Italian maestro skilled a renaissance in 2012, inspiring his nation to a European Championship last and deserved to win the Champions League with Juventus three years later.

18. Carles Puyol

If you happen to thought main Barca to a sextuple was pretty much as good because it received, Puyol nonetheless had one other 4 years up his sleeve and was considered one of many world’s greatest defenders up till his retirement.

The inspirational skipper nonetheless had time to tug Spain to World Cup glory, the Blaugrana to a different European crown and was named amongst legends within the UEFA Final Workforce of the Yr.

17. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

The Swede has been prolific all over the place he is been within the final 10 years: Barcelona, AC Milan, Parsi Saint-Germain, Manchester United, La Galaxy and along with his nation, Sweden.

Do not imagine us? Properly, Ibrahimovic scored over 300 targets throughout the interval in query, regardless of spending most of it in his thirties, and even scooped the Puskas Award for THAT England objective.

16. Marcelo

After we’re speaking about a complete decade, you have to reward footballing furnishings like Marcelo, who has hoovered up 4 Champions League wins and 6 home trophies with Actual Madrid.

The Brazilian has been named within the FIFPro World XI an astonishing six instances, made two consecutive World Cup Dream Groups and boasts virtually 500 appearances for Los Blancos. 

15. Sergio Busquets

Essentially the most underrated footballer in historical past. Guardiola’s legendary Barcelona staff would not have functioned with out Busquets pulling the strings, creating from deep and doing the soiled work.

And when you’re solely serious about objectivity then look no additional than six La Liga crowns, the World Cup, a European Championship, two Champions League titles and 5 Copa del Rey trophies.

14. Gianluigi Buffon

The highest goalkeeper on this record. An often-injured Buffon seemed to be declining in 2010, however he rolled again the years and proved everybody mistaken with an impressed match at Euro 2012.

He was then named Serie A Goalkeeper of the Yr 5 instances, returned to the FIFPro World XI after 10 years away, reached two Champions League finals and got here fourth within the Ballon d’Or.

13. Arjen Robben

Robben was an absolute star on the 2010 World Cup, coming only a toe away from scoring within the last, and emerged as Bayern’s hero with the winner within the 2013 Champions League climax.

The Dutch produced some otherworldly performances on the European stage, gained each trophy accessible to him in Germany and got here fourth within the Ballon d’Or votes in 2014.

12. Karim Benzema

It is mind-blowing that Benzema by no means will get the credit score he deserves when he is scored 238 targets for Actual Madrid and solely three gamers in historical past have scored extra within the Champions League.

However he will not lose an excessive amount of sleep when two La Liga trophies, 4 European titles, three UEFA Tremendous Cups, 4 FIFA Membership World Cups and two Copa del Rey medals are retaining him firm.

11. Gerard Pique

An immovable object on the again that has revamped 500 appearances for Barcelona in a decade that has seen them win virtually 25 main honours.

It is so broadly accepted that Pique is without doubt one of the best defenders of the fashionable period that he is been picked within the FIFPro World XI 4 instances and has featured in 5 UEFA Groups of the Yr.

10. Luka Modric

You may’t win a Ballon d’Or and never end up close to the highest. Modric rose by the ranks at Tottenham along with his shimmering expertise and shortly proved the naysayers mistaken at Actual Madrid.

However we won’t not speak about his 2018, the place the Croatian gained the World Cup Golden Ball, lifted the Champions League, nabbed FIFA’s ‘The Finest’ award and ended the Ronaldo-Messi duopoly.

9. Robert Lewandowski

Objectives win video games and few gamers have discovered the online greater than Lewandowski since 2010. The truth is, he penned his title on the scoresheet greater than 300 instances at Dortmund and Bayern.

An extra 61 strikes have are available Polish colors; he is scored greater than anyone else in Europe in 2019 and who may overlook when he bagged 5 targets in simply 9 minutes in opposition to Wolfsburg!?

8. Sergio Ramos

Ramos will do something and all the things in his energy to win and that unrivalled dedication to the trigger has seen him captain Actual Madrid to a hat-trick of Champions League trophies.

However even earlier than he sported the armband, Ramos was bombing down the best flank for the world and European champions in addition to scoring an unforgettable header in opposition to Atletico in 2014.

7. Luis Suarez

The highest quantity 9. Suarez introduced himself at world degree with some heroic performances at Liverpool, matching the previous Premier League objective file with 31 strikes in a season.

Nonetheless, it was at Barcelona the place he rose to omnipotence, changing into the membership’s fourth all-time high scorer and outperforming Messi with 59 targets in 53 video games throughout the 2015-16 marketing campaign.

6. Dani Alves

After we’re speaking about probably the most adorned footballer in historical past, we’ll simply let his trophies do the speaking: La Liga (5), Copa del Rey (3), Champions League (2), FIFA Membership World Cup (2)…

… UEFA Tremendous Cup (2), Serie A, Coppa Italia, Ligue 1, Coupe de France, Coupe de la Ligue, Trophee des Champions, Supercopa de Espana, Copa America and Confederations Cup.

5. Neymar

For starters, Neymar is on the right track to turn into the best worldwide goal-scorer in historical past, closing in on Pele’s Brazil file with an astonishing 61 targets in 101 caps at simply 26 years previous.

That, and he shaped a part of the best attacking trio within the sport’s historical past, secured a historic Olympic gold medal and has nonetheless emerged from his PSG controversy with 60 strikes in 70 video games.

4. Xavi

The place do you even start with this wizard? Xavi began the last decade as an ever current in FIFA’s staff of the yr and strolled into the World Cup Dream Workforce for his shows in South Africa.

It appears blasphemous that Xavi by no means gained the Ballon d’Or, however three podium finishes is on no account a poor return. Oh, and he captained Barca to the Champions League in his last season.

3. Andres Iniesta

Behind Spain’s World Cup and European Championship-winning groups and the Barca aspect that conquered all that lay earlier than it, there was Iniesta – the best midfielder of the final 10 years.

However let’s overlook concerning the stats, as a result of no set of numbers or titles will ever do justice for a participant with magic of their boots, expertise in every step and a footballing mind which will by no means be rivalled.

2. Cristiano Ronaldo

If you happen to may concoct the proper footballer from scratch, the tip end result could be Ronaldo and his goal-scoring file of 450 strikes in 438 Actual Madrid matches appears to bend the principles of actuality.

Ronaldo has collected 4 Ballon d’Or trophies throughout the decade, collected a hat-trick of European Golden Footwear and made historical past by guiding Portugal to victory at Euro 2016.

1. Lionel Messi

The best of all time. Messi has been the most effective participant all through the 2010s and it is not even shut: successful 5 of his six Ballon d’Or titles and discovering the online greater than 500 instances.

The Barcelona legend scored a world-record 91 targets throughout 2012 alone, gained the European Golden Shoe 5 instances and has been chosen within the FIFPro World XI each single time.

We may record his trophies and accolades till we’re blue within the face, however when you’ve ever had the privilege of seeing Messi play soccer, then why we have picked him as primary.

Prime 100 gamers of the last decade

So, there you will have it, the 100 best gamers from the final 10 years. Treasure them.

A few of these stars will transfer even larger on the 2020s record, many will plummet in direction of the underside and others will merely be studying it from a dugout, TV studio or their armchair.

Nonetheless, allow us to take only one factor from the present record: the Chinese language calendar solely assigns animals to years, however we’re fairly certain the 2010s have been the last decade of the GOAT.

His title? Lionel Andres Messi Cuccittini



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