Best Soccer Players of the 21st Century

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1Ronaldo

ronaldo driblling and mindset skills are in a class of their own period!

We are talking about a player who, before his knee injuries, was nothing other than a force of nature. He was simply too good for the game of football at that time, everything was too easy. It was is if he found the perfect cheat code that made him quick, powerful and incredibly skillful. Of course that isn't possible so we must think of him as an out and out football genius. Nothing less will do.

He has scored over 60 national goals, messi has less than 20. ronaldinho is better than messi too. messi sucks nationally but is good in barcalona

This is a beast that only though in his head was to score

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2Leo Messi

Its tough to put one ahead of the other when you talk about the best footballers of all time, but for me Leo Messi is the only player from the 21st century who is in that conversation with Cruyff, Maradona, Pele, etc. I've watched all of these players live so many times, and THAT is where you really can tell the greats from the good - watching them live many times and seeing their bad days and good days. Messi is such a talented human being. He can do just about everything you can think of and can do it better than any one else can. People talk about Pep, but without Messi Barcelona would not have won a single Champions League title in the last decade. He is simply fenomenal and head and shoulders above Ronaldo, who is a fabulous striker, Cristiano Ronaldo, who is a one-of-a-kind talent as well, and the rest. The only one I really had to think about on this list is Ronaldinho, who's a tricky one because for the years he was on his game for Paris, Barcelona, Brazil, I thought we had ...more

Mess is the best player than other because of his talent he use skill more than anything during his work, unlike C. Ronaldo who use a lot of energy during playing football. Messi is the player of another planet.. And it will take time to go down.. Cheers Messi you're the only best player on ma view.. Keep it up..

He was, and still is the greatest ever, Christiano Ronaldo is a jerk and because of his attitude shouldn't be up here. Everyone else in the top 5 are all great. But I believe that Messi is the best, his dribbling is unlike anyone else, and overall he is just a great player.

Messi is the best

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3Cristiano RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, GOIH is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Portugal national team.

For me C. Ronaldo is extra-ordinary because of his brilliant performance and record created while in England. He is the only soccer player who played in England and became world best. Not only that Ronaldo has proven himself to be someone who is ready to perform and score more goal any part of the planet unlike for Messi, Ronaldinho, ETC

Cristiano Ronaldo is simply the best. The players on this list are very good, no matter what opinion is thrown in. But in my eyes, as a unrecognized young soccer player in High School. You don't come across to many Cristiano Ronaldos in a lifetime.

For he is the god of soccer.. No one can compete with this Portugal born soccer superstar.. He's amazing scoring goals, dribbling past defender, mind blowing free kicks and extra-extra... We just have to believe that he was sent by the soccer god.. He is a precious gift to soccer universe.. He's the king of soccer.. Simply best of best..

Hi is the best footballer in the world

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4RonaldinhoRonaldo de Assis Moreira, commonly known as Ronaldinho or Ronaldinho Gaúcho, is a retired Brazilian footballer.

This is so true. Ronaldinho is the best player in the whole history of soccer. He is a genius. And when he plays he has fun with it. He is the perfect example of how soccer should be looked at, which is fun. You rareyly see ronaldinho angry, he always has a smile and a laughing face, this is because he does not worry about playing good otherwise he is gona be benched, No he plays it to have fun and has his own style and doesn't care what other people think of his style. I think he is one of the only players who I've seen that demonstrate that creativity and fun experience in soccer.

Ronaldinho did things I've never seen any other player doing (perhaps Maradona? )...

Ronaldinho is simply the king of the game. His age may have been short in top football, maybe 3-4 years in barcelona he was GOD and after that he stayed the best!

Many Scored Goals But only Ronnie Did Magic..

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5Zinedine ZidaneZinedine Yazid Zidane, nicknamed "Zizou", is a retired French footballer and current manager of Real Madrid.

He was the genius midfielder for France and Real Madrid. Moreover, he won all main cups for France like World cup and European cup and Champion League winner with Real.

ZIDANE IS A FOOTBALL MAGICIAN WHO RETIRED STILL AS THE BEST PLAYER OUTCLASSING RONALDINHO IN THE FIFA WORLD CUP 2006

Spectacular, only xavi and iniesta can challenge him.

Best player of the century

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6Thierry Henry

In his prime, he was unstoppable. The nightmare of every defender. He had everything, from touch, speed, and skill, to intelligence, unselfishness, and the deadliest finishing to ever be brought to the game. Easily one of the best players ever.

He was the the early decade destroyer who was every keepers nightmare with the pace and dribbling abilities that he had. Voted as the most influential arsenal player, there is no doubt that Henry was a revelation who was a killer player

355 club goals 228 goals for Arsenal in 376 appearances 406 in total. Both France and Arsenals record goalscorers. and that is just the stats he could play with fierce speed and flare and ran the whole length of a pitch to score a goal at least twice. And that goal against Manchester United in 2001. And that back heel nutmeg goal on October 2nd 2004 in the invincible season. Legend at Arsenal and Barcelona. And much more to talk about. He is so underrated. At least the best Premiere league striker. A football icon!

Great player

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7Ibrahimovich

He is a real player not like others!

He is one of the best player, I like his fight and anger

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8Luis SuarezLuis Alberto Suárez Díaz is a Uruguayan professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Barcelona and the Uruguay national team as a striker.

I'm very surprised Suarez is not in the top 10. Leaving him as a person out of the equation all I can see is one of the most gifted strikers in recent memory. No one since the days of the original Ronaldo and Henry has a player evoked such feeling of fear and fright into opposing defenders. He plays with his heart and is insanely gifted. His decision making with and without the ball is extremely intelligent and his finishing is devastating.

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9Roald Dahl

His books are inspirational and his passing was out of the top draw.

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10KaKaRicardo Izecson dos Santos Leite, commonly known as Kaká or Ricardo Kaká, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Orlando City SC in Major League Soccer and the Brazil national team.

Kaka is the greatest he was in the top ten best players in the world for 6 years and was named best player in 2007. better than C. ronaldo who just hogs it does all this fancy stuff whereas he could simply just pass it off

Kaka the greatest player I have ever seen in my life he is simply the best with accuracy, technique, vision a player who can pass the ball better then any other players in the world the semifinal against manu was the match not to forget kaka scored three fantastic goals and proved ferguson and Ronaldo that he does BELONGS TO JESUS

I chose Kaka because he's my favorite right now the top three are so true though but the only player missing is xavi hernandez

KaKa has is the best player ever, he has won it all

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The Contenders

11Fernando TorresFernando José Torres Sanz is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a striker for La Liga club Atlético Madrid, on loan from Serie A club Milan.

Great eye for goal, can score from anywhere in his own half at the first sight of goal. - 15barneyboy15

one of the best strikers of 21st century, defenders get scared of his pace.

Almost unstoppable when he hits top gear
Torres was the reason I liked liverpool F.C.
Since he plays for chelsea now I like chelsea better now

Best chelsea signing ever

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12Iker CasillasIker Casillas Fernández is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Portuguese club Porto and the Spain national team as a goalkeeper.

Iker casillas is the best goalkeeper of the 21st Century... He needs recognition for his great football skills and all that he has accomplished during his career

13Xavi HernandezXavier "Xavi" Hernández Creus is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Qatari club Al Sadd SC.

He is the most underrated middle fielder in the game, I think he is better than Zidane.

The best passer in the world without a shadow of a doubt. - 15barneyboy15

14Wayne RooneyWayne Mark Rooney is an English professional footballer who plays for and captains both Manchester United and the England national team.

Great strength, great finishing, great player. - 15barneyboy15

volleys his goals thats amazing... the only person that can do that amazingly great is wayne the awesome rooney

A living legend playing for Man United, one of the best finishers of all time...

A great footballer of all time for both man utd and england

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15Andres IniestaAndrés Iniesta Luján is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for FC Barcelona and the Spain national team.

Best vision in the world at the moment. - 15barneyboy15

Amazing player and had a great World Cup in 2010

Brilliant middle, brilliant team player.

16Francisco Román Alarcón Suárez
17Zlatan IbrahimovićZlatan Ibrahimović is a Swedish professional footballer who plays for an English club Manchester United and the Sweden national team for which he is captain.
18Luis Figo

Luis figo is a master of dribbling and passing for me he is a real footballer

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19Steven GerrardSteven George Gerrard is an English professional footballer who plays for Major League Soccer club LA Galaxy.

A true leader, amazing vision, ground and aerial passing. Can go forward and create plays, and bust his gut getting back to defend. Amazing free kick and long shot taker. His loyalty to the liverpool football club is also amazing for this day and age.

gerrard is one of the best all rounders of 21st century

Captain fantastic he inspirational for both england and liverpool

Should easily be in the top 5

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20Roberto CarlosRoberto Carlos da Silva Rocha, more commonly known simply as Roberto Carlos, is a Brazilian retired footballer.

A good passer. Defender and overlaps better than anyone. He is also the best set peace taker

He is the physicist of football. The Carlos Law of Motion.

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