Best Soccer Players of the 21st Century
The Top Ten
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.
There is all this comparison of Messi with Ronaldo.. but that is just stupid... Messi is involved in each and every move of the team.. he can start off or end a move...the way he dribbles is extraordinary.. the vision, agility,composure,pace, chance creation,creating space... he is the perfect combination of all these abilities...i havnt seen maradona or pele play live...so I can't compare Messi with them.. but Messi sure is the best among the current lot of players... he is something else..there wont be another player that have the same influence on the game as messi.. but I sure would love to see the player who can do that...
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. )
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
The most complete attacking player ever at his peak even zidane was not seen he was the biggest talent in the sport the creator of new football tricks and the best ever if not injured
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
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.
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.
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
ZIDANE IS A FOOTBALL MAGICIAN WHO RETIRED STILL AS THE BEST PLAYER OUTCLASSING RONALDINHO IN THE FIFA WORLD CUP 2006
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
He has won all all major trophies in football history. name them, UEFA champions league, world cup, European cup what a view.
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!
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?
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.
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.
one of the best strikers of 21st century, defenders get scared of his pace.
His simple dribbles helps him to distract the defenders. one of the most fastest players of this decade.
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
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.
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
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.
Amazing player and had a great World Cup in 2010
Brilliant middle, brilliant team player.
Best vision in the world at the moment.
Ridiculously overrated he's about 100 instead of 8 numerous players are better in his position drogba trezeguet berkamp all better then rooney
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...
he is the best among the rest, good stamina, powerful finishing. no size
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
gerrard is one of the best all rounders of 21st century
Seriously? Only 12th? He must be at least number 5
Luis figo is a master of dribbling and passing for me he is a real footballer
He is a legend on FIFA
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.
a midfielder that scores like a striker.. what more do you want?
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.
There is only one David Beckham
Best right player and free kick
What a keeper how can people forget him best keeper ever by far better then casillas, dida, cech anyone else
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
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