Greatest Soccer Players of the 2000-2010 Decade


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21Pavel Nedved

Absolute legend. Epitome of a midfielder. He could pass, he could score goals, he could get past players and he had the strength.

Why he's so low in this list I'll never know.

Footballing god, could play anywhere in midfield and to come from a small-ish country like the Czech Republic (Czechoslovakia) be known as one of the best ever is truly an accomplishment!

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23Wayne RooneyWayne Mark Rooney is an English professional footballer who plays for and captains both Manchester United and the England national team.

Top class.. Exceptional work rate.. Never stops trying.. Always a team man.. Love to see him at his peaks for years

This is crazy at least he should be in the top 10. He is just amazing

Amazing work rate! And is one of the best strikers right now.

Simple the best

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24Michael Ballack

Legend. Solid in tracking back, creative in drifting forward. Some of the best positional sense I have ever seen from a BX. Him and Lampard excel.

25Frank LampardFrank James Lampard is an English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for New York City FC in Major League Soccer.

Between 2000-2010 its frank lampard, he brought glory to stamford bridge unlike all others who played in big clubs. Lampard made them big

He has more assist than gerrard and more goals than gerrard and rooney so he should be above in this list

Top player, 200 goals as a midfielder in Chelsea, the most scorer midfielder in EPL history.

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Cafu definitely the best Right Back of this decade, name anyone who was better then this fenominal player. Attack and defense are great and he was part of the best AC Milan defense of all time: Maldini - Nesta - Stam - Cafu

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28Fernando 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.

Brought glory to Spain in 2008 Euro. Besides one of the most brightest player in football history. A brilliant goalscorer and undoubtedly the best striker of Spain in history. A handsome and kind player still trying to win Champions league

29Arjen RobbenArjen Robben is a Dutch professional footballer who plays for German club Bayern Munich and is the captain of the Netherlands national team.

He is one of the greatest players of all time.. Its always good to see his attack technique and his athleticism..

Whaat? Laugh out loud seriously? This list is a joke! Robben in 62? Hahahha

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Easily the most talented footballer this world has ever seen. Was the engine behind the greatest team ever (late 00s Barca).

Wit his combination on thd pitch... He is greatest player in world

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31Andres IniestaAndrés Iniesta Luján is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for FC Barcelona and the Spain national team.

Best clutch player ever.2010 world cup, and who could forget his goal against chelsea. A mini Zizu. his ball control and football intelligence are world class. should be easily top ten

32Luis Figo

You're kidding! Figo so far down?! Should be top five, Figo was a star in a Real Madrid team made of stars!

Figo should be higher up he was in my opinion what a player and was a legend at madrid

Figo is absolutely underrated. He was pure football.

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33David VillaDavid Villa Sánchez is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a striker and also serves as captain for New York City FC in Major League Soccer.V3 Comments
34Samuel Eto'oSamuel Eto'o Fils is a Cameroonian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Turkish club Antalyaspor.

Eto'o should rank among the first 10. He scored in all Champions League Finals he played, set club record in Barcelona FC, most decorated African and Cameroonian player. He should rank above Didier Drogba, Fabio Carnavaro, Fernando Torres, Wayne Rooney, David Villa, Francisco Totti etc. No doubdt about that. Look into his record and clearly compare with the first 15, then you will know how to rank players

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35Juan Roman Riquelme

Underrated as hell

The best playmaker ever

Better than xavi & pirlo

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36Gabriel BatistutaGabriel Omar Batistuta, nicknamed Batigol as well as El Ángel Gabriel, is a retired Argentine professional footballer.

One of a kind. The perfect striker, scored goals when he needed to.

37Michael Owen

Considering his best goals have came in such important matches speaks for itself. Here's my top 10 Owen goals list.
10. Opener against Brazil in Korea 2002 // England 1 - 2 Brazil
9. 2 goals in injury time in friendly vs Argentina // England 3 - 2 Argentina
8. Debut goal at Wimbledon // Wimbledon 2 - 1 Liverpool
7. Goal against Portugal at Euro 2004 // England 2 - 2 Portugal
6. 2 goals in 2003 Worthington Cup final // Liverpool 2 - 0 Man United
5. Hat-trick in Munich // Germany 1 - England 5
4. Last minute winner in Manchester derby // Man City 3 - 4 Man United
3. Goal in El Classico // Barcelona 2 - 4 Real Madrid
2. Two late winning goals in 2001 FA Cup Final // Arsenal 1 - 2 Liverpool
1. The "wondergoal" at France '98 // Argentina 2 - 2 England

The reason I began watching football. Was an inspirational striker and a top guy. I'm a Liverpool fan and whether he went to United or not it doesn't concern me, he done far too much for our club and country to not respect his accomplishments. He's also a Ballon D'or winner and without a doubt the most consistent England number 10 for a very long time. Had injury not plagued Michael and not making a few dodgy transfer dealings then I firmly believe Owen would still be playing at top level and representing England again.

Owen was a fantastic player in his prime when I was growing up he was a inspiration for me and always scored in important matches for both club and country if he didn't suffer from injuries I reckon he would of achived a lot more for me he is a top player definitely one of the best of the decade

One of the greatest strikers to ever lace a pair of boots, a prime example of a brilliant role model on and off the pitch, Wayne rooney take notes!

38Ryan GiggsRyan Joseph Giggs is a Welsh football coach and former player who is currently the assistant manager at Manchester United and co-owner of Salford City.

A Manchester United leader and without a doubt a football legend!

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40Edgar Davids

The perfect defensive midfielder. Tackling, dribbling, passing, speed, shooting, strength and loads of tenacity. I "The Pitbull" was a phenomenal footballer. One of my favourite players of all time

Got a unique look and unique style of play

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