There were two proper names that marked the world of football during the period 2011-2020: Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo . Between them they won six Champions League and eight Ballons d'Or, so there is no doubt that they have been the two best of the last decade, which is why the discussion focuses on which of the two is above the other.
According to the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) , the Argentine has been number 1 of this time. The 32-year-old from Rosario, FC Barcelona's top star, was one notch above the Portuguese and thus leads the list of the best players on the planet, according to a report published this weekend.
The world duel between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, the two best players of the decade, was fascinating and uncertain until the end of the voting. Messi and Ronaldo will definitely enter the History of Football! ”, Says the IFFHS website, which produced a ranking of the 10 players who marked the decade according to experts from 150 countries.
Who closes the podium is the Spaniard Andrés Iniesta , who currently plays for Vissel Kobe in Japan, but who revolutionized football with the FC Barcelona shirt . In the fourth position is Neymar , the Brazilian who despite the injuries he suffered in the first seasons with Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) was able to demonstrate an extraordinary level in the Santos of his country and in the Catalan team, with which he conquered the 2015 Champions League.
The rest of the list is completed, in this order, by the Spanish Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), the German Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), the Polish Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), the Italian Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), the Swede Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Inter Milan) and the Croatian Luka Modric (Real Madrid).
The Real Madrid , who won four editions of the Champions League in the last decade, and Barcelona are the two clubs that more players contributed to the ranking, if you consider that Cristiano Ronaldo played much of the decade in white cast before to be signed by Juventus , and that the same happens with Neymar and Iniesta , who excelled in the Barça team.
In addition, the predominance of Europe over South America is still evident, with a difference of eight out of two and the presence of two goalkeepers, Buffon and Neuer , is also surprising , which marks the importance that this position has won in the last time.
The great absentees from this list are Xavi Hernández , considered one of the best midfielders in history by France Football magazine in his Dream Team of all time , Arjen Robben , who knew how to be a star of Bayern Munich and the Netherlands team , Luis Suárez, one of the top gunners of the last decade and Paul Pogba , one of the most prominent figures in the Premier League and the 2018 World Cup champion French team. Karim Benzema, Sergio Agüero, Antoine Griezmann, Frank Ribery, Marcelo or Philipp Lahm, other proper names that have stood out in the decade
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