Greatest Soccer Players of the 2000-2010 Decade

Honoring the greatest soccer players of the 2000's decade.
The Top Ten
1 Zinedine Zidane Zinedine Yazid Zidane, nicknamed "Zizou", is a retired French footballer and current manager of Real Madrid.

Zidane was the maestro of the last decade. Perhaps the best midfielder in history. He had incredible ball control, amzing balance, technique, leadership, unbelieveble passing skills and he could read the game better than any other player. Zidane was simply on a different level to any other player

The best modern footballer. Great vision, understanding, passes, dribbling, finishing, headers, good at set pieces and long range shots. Fairly quick and agile. Just the best.

Acc. 2 me he is the best player I have ever seen... His heading, his sublime touch, his dribbling, his ball control was just phenomenal. I can't describe him

A fantastic player for club and national team. He is the most complete footballer I've ever seen!

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.

The best striker ever.

You could argue that he is not the best “player” ever, but he is the best “striker” of all time, without a doubt.

Ronaldo was the world player in 2002, Zidane retired in 2006, Ronaldo still play's, and is important in the brazilian league. Plus Ronaldo in 99, won world player of the year, so there you go.

I think he's the best player in football history, he has speed, agility, skill, finishing touch, everything you can dream off in a striker.

Greatest striker I've ever watched, he has come back twice after very serious injuries, what he did in 2002 World Cup is unbelievable.

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

The most player I enjoy watching the ball at his feet.

Bare in mind that I’m a Real Madrid fan, but the amount of skills he possesses is undeniable !

For me Ronaldo’s dribbling is better but Ronaldinho is absolute magic, the way he touches the ball is something I don’t think we will ever see again in any player. And as a bonus, he’s always smiling.

One of a kind. Probably the most creative player to ever play the game, his otherworldly impressive skill helped him to lead Barça to numerous championships and earned him some of the most prostigous individual awards. Watching him play is a mixture of amazement and pure entertainment. You can see the love he has for the game in every single match. If only he had been able to keep performing the way he had when he was at his peak, but he sure has been making a comeback this past season! The King could be returning!

During his era, it was impossible to even realize there were some other world class footballers like Ronaldo, Zizo, Figu and other superstars playing at that time, simply the magic he spread on the pitch has faded the greatness of the rest! when he wanted to be the best footballer ever to touch the ball, no body could stop him! and it is only when his form deteriorated that we got to enjoy what others got to offer! Privileged to witness him playing at his peak even it was just on T.V.! No matter what others say he is the best!

He's a wizard during his peak performance, no one can snatch the from his feet. The free-kick under the wall of players is brilliant play. When he enter the field everyone looking at his move, feet, and desire of his play. He's one of the art in football history. He's skills most of it comes from other players, but he improvise it, and well he is the best football of all time. No wonder.

4 Lionel Messi Lionel Andrés "Leo" Messi is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club Barcelona. He is also known as one of the greatest football players of all time. He was born in Rosario, Argentina on June 24th, 1987.

If the Messi we were talking about was from 2011-onwards then I would rate him first but in the 2000s, Messi was only the best in the last year, so it would be too early to consider him greater than the likes of Zidane, Ronaldo (9), and Ronaldinho in my opinion.

Super quick, scores loads of goals and pretty unstoppable. Another reason is because he's won best player in the world in 2008 and 2009 and came second twice before. HE'S THE BEST EVER!

Theere is no one quite like Messi, amazing player to watch, and he is still young, and will get even better as he continues to play and eventually will be the greatest! Vamos messi!

Messi is the best player in the world and it will stay like that because C. Ronaldo is not and will not be better than him only figo, pele, zidane, maradona and ronaldhinio

5 Raul

Best scorring attacker of Champions League - Man who always knew where the ball will be - and so he was there to punch it into the net.

Best Chip Shot kicker

6 Fabio Cannavaro

Cannavaro in my opinion is the third greatest footballer in history, the best tactical defender, best leadership I've seen, superb positioning, timing, ball dribble, and much more. He is the peak of defenders and captains, and an almost impossible player to equal.

He is the best defender of all time with his great positioning and sliding tackle

He was great but I d's maldini and nests better

7 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.

An absolute legend

It’s a mystery how his mind works, always striving to be the best, really a good example of how hard-work pays off !

Not only has he shown his qualities on club level, Christiano has done the best he can for his country. I consider him one of the best if not in top % because he has proved his good not only in Madrid but in Lisbon and also in Manchester

He is abviously the best player in the world
He can almost do everything heading, scoring with both the feets, crossing, freekicks.
He constantly scores goals for madrid and saves their face against barcelona...
Young stars like hazard, gotze, bale have regarded him as the best player

He was not as good as in the 2010's but still one of the best of the 2000's it was remarkable how skilled he was at such a young age.

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

He spent his career in a one-man-band, keeping an largely average team competitive through his own brilliance. He could tackle, pass and score all types of goals whilst also being an inspiration for his team. Tremendous leader who during this decade would have got into any team in the world.

Won the 2004-2005 CL campaign almost single handedly with numerous vital goals. Followed it up with a class match in the following seasons FA cup final with two beautiful goals. Has been the best midfielder in the world for a decade. In my opinion he's up there with Zidane, and he is better than Kaka! Liverpool legend who is still going strong!

He is without a doubt the most complete player ever! Excellent passing from through balls to cross field long passes. Excellent in the tackle, and composed with finishing. He can play in any position on the field from defense to striker and excel at it.

One of the best (if not the best) players of the last decade! Long balls, short passes, tackling, long range shooting, free kicks, penalty kicks... more over his leadership skills... you can't ask for more! The most complete player ever to play football! Legend!

9 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.

Henry is the best striker. Not because he scored 227 goals for Arsenal, or won Footballer of the year on three separate occasions, the golden boot on six different occasions (4 for the premiership, 1 conferderations cup, and 1 Euro 2000), was the go to guy for the undefeated 03-04 'Invincibles', as well as the leading scorer for the 08-09 Barcelona who won an unprecedented sextuple. That's not it at all! It's the fact that every single goal Henry scores seems to always be in the clutch, for the win, breaking a record. To put a cherry on top each goal is beautiful. An example, the bicycle kick he performed in May for the Red Bulls for the win. No statistic can describe such brilliance!

No way is Zanetti better than Henry. Look at the goal where Henry ran from inside his own 3rd against Zanetti, cut back, cut back again and scored against him. No way is Kaka better either. Henry in his prime can only be compared to Ronaldo and Zidane. He's better than Cron because he's smarter than CRon and he's better than Messi because take Messi out of Barcelona and he doesn't perform. Henry does. Henry has more assists than Xavi and that's Xavi's forte.

He knew how to play the game, he knew what he had to do to win. Extraordinary player, he could pass, he could score pretty much from any place in the field, he could dribble, he could make his teammates look better. What a player!

Anyone who didn't vote for Henry has no brains. Come on top scoring in the hardest league in the world (yes I said that) is just for little kids. He even proved his worth in the La liga and Serie A, and now the uprising MLS. By far th ebest player in the world

10 Alessandro Del Piero Alessandro Del Piero Ufficiale is an Italian former professional footballer who played as a deep-lying forward.

Great Leadership, he is simply one of the most loyal players in the world, took with Juventus down to Serie B. Has been captain forever and he won VM with Italy in a secoundary role but he was there. He nearly won the CL in 2003 a penalty shoot out was the difference between silver and gold. Del Piero is and has been one of the most important Juve players in this century.

Don't know who he is

The Contenders
11 Paolo Maldini Paolo Cesare Maldini is a former Italian professional footballer who played as a left back and central defender. Maldini captained Italy for 8 years and AC Milan for 12, and was renowned for his leadership skills, earning him the nickname “Il Capitano”, or ‘The Captain’.

He is inestimable amiable adorable I love his amazing tackles he crazed rivals striker. he is best defender in soccer history he is unrivaled ALL OF AC MILAN

He is best defender in soccer history

12 Zlatan Ibrahimovic 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.

One of the best footballers in history. Nobody makes goals like he does. This 6 ft. + Legend has it all, I mean it, He Has it ALL! He has speed, precision, accuracy, and terrific talent. He scored the best Bicycle kick in history of football vs England. Just wish he had a better team. Great Footballer

He's the only player to have won a league title every year during this decade (Even though the Swedish title was the 2nd league). Plays in a poor national team and still produces.

He is the best of the bests... Nothing but respect for this man.

He should be No1 because he is Zlatan

13 Andriy Shevchenko Andriy Mykolayovych Shevchenko is a Ukrainian retired footballer who played for Dynamo Kyiv, Milan, Chelsea, as well as the Ukrainian national team as a striker.

He was one of the most spectacular players I ever seen when he was playing in AC Milan

Shevchenko is a great player he should be number 8

Devil from the East

14 Gianluigi Buffon Gianluigi "Gigi" Buffon is an Italian professional goalkeeper who plays for and captains both Serie A club Juventus and the Italian national team.

I love, love love to watch Buffon in goal. There is something very magical about him. Although Mr De Gea is fast approaching that number 1 spot for me.

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

Best left back in the history of football

One of the best left defenders ever

The best defender ever never seen no one so quick agile and thunderous shooting definitely one of the best wont be another defender like him again

He's number 1.

16 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.

One of the best goalkeepers with a special attitude,he is a great example of goalkeepers at this era

Greatest goalkeeper of all time. The titan.

The beast. Bayern for life.

Make way for the king

17 Francesco Totti Francesco Totti is an Italian professional footballer who plays for, and captains, Serie A club Roma.

Not only a great forward able to score many goals in a season, the majority of these of a sublime class, but a great offensive midfielder with more vision than Xavi, in my opinion. A very underrated player. Just look at his goals against Sampdoria and Inter. Excellents freekicks too. A legend

The one and only same team from day one didn't care about the money didn't care about glory or trophies, loyal... golden foot, golden shoe oldest to score in champions ligue world champion 2006... no one will ever be as good in the heart and in the foot like him... he is a legend...

Otti is an artist of football, a true Number 10, a champion among the best in the history of Italian football.

The most complete player since 2000

18 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.

I think he was the best soccer player in the first decate of this century, if watch his career you see everything, he was fast, strong, smart, intelegance and tallented, when he played you would just enjoy.

Best Player of the decade. Come on Guys, since 2005 to 2009 he was the absolute best. Fast, good pace, excellent acceleration. Single handedly led Milan to UCL in 2007. In his prime he was way better than CR7 and Messi. Without injuries in the last few years, he would have evolved to be the best. FORM IS TEMPORARY AND FORM IS PERMANENT. When he is 100%, he is unstoppable.

Best of the decade. When in Milan at 100% he was way better than Messi and Ronaldo. Fastest player of his generation. Only player I would pay money to watch. Watch his games when in Milan at 100% and see how incomparable he is to Ronaldo and messi.

Not the best player but definitely higher than Cannavaro or Pirlo if we're going to compare playmakers. Now he's back at Milan and once again rocking

19 Rivaldo

One of the best players in the history of this game

Should be much higher on the list!

Greatest of all time!


20 Didier Drogba Didier Yves Drogba Tébily is an Ivorian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Canadian Major League Soccer club Montreal Impact.

Biggest crime: Drogba not winning a Ballon D'Or. Part of the Untouchables at Chelsea, carried Ivory Coast, magnificent career team-achievements.

As clutch as they come. No one dominated the air like drogba.

The best striker for chelsea for a long time

How come Drogba is not above fernando toress and many others in this list. easily fits in top 10

21 Pavel 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!

Top 20 guy here what?

One of the best players at this era,you can call him a legend

22 Ruud Van Nistelrooy

Brilliant player for United

World Classic! Van the man

On of the best strickers ever

23 Michael 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.

24 Wayne Rooney Wayne 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.

He is always the best player I have ever seen.

25 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.

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

He should be on top ten..he is nightmare to gk and one and only competitor for messi and ronaldo..still remember his Liverpool days he is far better than ronaldo

Best football player ever

Brilliant player

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