Best Soccer Players of the 21st Century

The Top Ten
1 Leo 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

Messi is #1 and will be for a very very long time! His consistency makes him the best player the world will ever see. His skill, his balance, his eye for a pass, his finishing, his movement, his control is all second to none.. I grew up watching Ronaldo (when he was fit) and he was a great player but not even close to messi.. as for cristiano ronaldo, he's been consistently amazing but not the team player that messi is and his attributes are not at the same level of messi.

91 DAMN GOALS IN A CALENDER YEAR
He's won three balon'dor scored the most goals in a year ever (91) beating gerd muller's 89. He proves he needs no help from my top two midfielders (not including wingers) xavi and iniesta for argentina and is only a very young 25 him and Hazard are the two players I think will develop into the strongest footballers (Messi being the strongest already. )

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..

2 Ronaldo Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima, commonly known as Ronaldo, is a Brazilian retired professional footballer who played as a striker. Popularly dubbed O Fenômeno, he is widely considered to be one of the greatest football players of all time.

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.

The best ever player I've seen after Pele. Ronaldo can't be compared with any other player. He can play in any time. He is good even on the Brazilian National Time. Ronaldo is Better than Messi, Ronaldinho and Criastiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo is the most spectacular player I've ever seen. Individualy best with no doubt. The only player who could take on 4-5 oponents with no help from his team mates.

He is the best player I have never seen. He has the talent, physical fitness & ability to win a game by himself

3 Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a forward for Italian club Juventus and the Portugal national team.

He said: "It's opinions, I respect the opinions. Maybe in your opinion Messi is better than me, but in my mind I am better than him. So it's simple."
"In my mind, I'm always the best. I don't care what people think, what they say. In my mind, not just this year but always, I'm always the best," he added.
He is someone who can say I am the best and no one can deny it.
I'm running out of words to describe this lad.

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

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..

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.

4 Ronaldinho Ronaldo 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.

He is the king of dribbling and skills and turnes Barcelona into the biggest club ever! He taught Messi everything and that's why Messi today is better than maradona and everybody else

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!

He made football more than just a sporting activity. Whenever he played he made football a magic show. One of the very best in his prime.

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

He managed the French Team during the WC 2006 in Germany, replacing the coach Domenech. The French team wass self- managed. Not only a good and complete player, he has been a goog selectioner and good coach. He almost won the WC 98 by himself as he beat Brazil by himself for WC 2006. He could have been the artisan of his victory has he has been the artisan of his own defeat for the final game

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.

The greatest football player of all time and the greatest football entertainer of all time

He is just so good, led France to world and euro cup and real madrid to champions leahue

6 Thierry Henry Thierry Daniel Henry is a French professional football coach and former player. He is the second assistant coach of the Belgium national team.

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!

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

In his prime he was unplayable. How he didn't win world player of the year in 2003/2004 I will never know. The King.

7 Ibrahimovich

Greatest player of all time. Can score anywhere. Powerful, strong, acrobatic, physical etc...

He's so good he's been nominated in this list twice! Scroll Down And see for yourself

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

He is a real player not like others!

8 Luis Suarez Luis 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.

He should be number 4

He’s good, but where are Neymar and Kylian Mbappé?

9 Roald Dahl Roald Dahl (13 September 1916 – 23 November 1990) was a British novelist, short story writer, poet, screenwriter, and fighter pilot. His books have sold more than 250 million copies worldwide.

Truly a top bloke. I find it unlikely that anyone else on this list could come close to his skill in his respective position.

An amazing striker who scored 250 million goals. He is first on all time greats.

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

He was not a soccer player and he died before the 21st century.

10 Fernando Torres Fernando 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.

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

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

Unstoppable in his prime, could embarrass any defender.

Best chelsea signing ever

The Contenders
11 Iker Casillas Iker 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

12 Xavi Hernandez Xavier "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.

13 KaKa Ricardo 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 A all time great. His vision, skill, finesse, speed and dribbling is unparalleled in world football. We saw him at his best during the season 2006-07 where he dragged Milan single handedly to champions league victory. Kaka is A living legend and my all time favourite.

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

Better than cr7 and Messi at his best. Won the champions league almost single-handedly and every tournament as the best player at the competition except world cup. Dribbling, passing, shooting, speed, accuracy, as good as it can be.

Kaka is simply the best. Even in real madrid he played well, but unfortunately mourinho didn't give him chance. Now he is playing perfectly in orlando city sc... Cmmon guys cheer him up.

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

Amazing player and had a great World Cup in 2010

Brilliant middle, brilliant team player.

Best vision in the world at the moment.

Amazing genius

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

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

Great strength, great finishing, great player.

He can play everywhere... He can be a goal keeper!

16 Francisco Román Alarcón Suárez
17 Steven Gerrard Steven 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.

Captain fantastic he inspirational for both england and liverpool

Seriously? Only 12th? He must be at least number 5

Should easily be in the top 5

18 Zlatan Ibrahimović Zlatan Ibrahimović is a Swedish professional footballer who plays for an English club Manchester United and the Sweden national team for which he is captain.
19 Luis Figo Luís Filipe Madeira Caeiro Figo is a retired Portuguese footballer who played as a midfielder for Sporting CP, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Inter Milan before retiring on 31 May 2009.

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

He is a legend on FIFA

20 Roberto Carlos Roberto 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.

21 Lampard

He broke so many records already! One being Chelsea all time topscorer being a midfielder!

The best midfielder I have ever seen

Simply, the best.

a midfielder that scores like a striker.. what more do you want?

22 David Beckham David Robert Joseph Beckham is an English retired professional footballer. He played for Manchester United, Preston North End, Real Madrid, Milan, LA Galaxy, Paris Saint-Germain and the England national team, for which he held the appearance record for an outfield player until 2016.

There is only one David Beckham

Best right player and free kick

23 Oliver Kahn Oliver Rolf Kahn is a German former football goalkeeper. He started his career in the Karlsruher SC Junior team in 1975. Twelve years later, Kahn made his debut match in the professional squad.

Best keeper of the 21st century period

When he goalkeeping he was the wall of bronze for Germany and bayren Munich

Who the hell is this

What a keeper how can people forget him best keeper ever by far better then casillas, dida, cech anyone else

24 Neymar Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, commonly known as Neymar or Neymar Jr., is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Brazil national team as a forward or winger, and is also the captain of the national team. ...read more.

He can be the best player in the world if he goes on like this after some years.

Acordin to pele, neymar is the best of the 21st century

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