100 Best Players in the World


Mar 11, 2010
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FourFourTwo magazine have released their annual list of the best 100 players in the World so I thought I would post it up here so people can have a look and discuss whether they think some players should be higher or lower on the list and some players who have missed out on the list altogether.

The full 100 is in the spoiler below in order to save the OP being ridiculously long, but for those who can't be arsed to go through I have put the top 10 players here.

10. Bastian Schweinsteiger
Bayern Munich/Germany

9. Gerard Pique

8. Samuel Eto'o

7. Andres Iniesta

6. Didier Drogba
Chelsea/Ivory Coast

5. Wesley Sneijder

4. Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid/Portugal

3. Xavi

2. David Villa

1. Emile Heskey
Aston Villa/England
Just kiddin. Of course it's Messi.

Full 100 list;
100. Milos Krasic (Juventus/Serbia)
99. Gregory van der Wiel (Ajax/Holland)
98. Klaas Jan Huntelaar (Schalke/Holland)
97. Douglas (Twente/Brazil)
96. Joe Hart (Man City/England)
95. Simon Kjaer (Wolfsburg/Denmark)
94. Darren Fletcher (Man Utd/Scotland)
93. Keisuke Honda (CSKA Moscow/Japan)
92. Darijo Srna (Shakhtar/Croatia)
91. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid/France)
90. Lucho Gonzalez (Marseille/Argentina)
89. Emmanuel Adebayor (Man City/Togo)
88. Lass Diarra (Real Madrid/France)
87. Diego (Wolfsburg/Brazil)
86. Alberto Gilardino (Fiorentina/Italy)
85. Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal/Belgium)
84. Angel Di Maria (Real Madrid/Argentina)
83. Victor Valdes (Barcelona/Spain)
82. Nigel De Jong (Man City/Holland)
81. Marouane Chamakh (Arsenal/Morocco)
80. Fabio Coentrao (Benfica/Portugal)
79. Dirk Kuyt (Liverpool/Holland)
78. Ricardo Carvalho (Real Madrid/Portugal)
77. Sami Khedira (Real Madrid/Germany)
76. Robinho (Milan/Brazil)
75. Hugo Lloris (Lyon/France)
74. Thomas Mueller (Bayern/Germany)
73. Andrea Pirlo (Milan/Italy)
72. Seydou Keita (Barcelona/Mali)
71. Alexandre Pato (Milan/Brazil)
70. Jesus Navas (Sevilla/Spain)
69. Luis Suarez (Ajax/Uruguay)
68. Javier Pastore (Palermo/Argentina)
67. Yoann Gourcuff (Lyon/France)
66. Nani (Man Utd/Portugal)
65. Javier Mascherano (Barcelona/Argentina)
64. Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea/Serbia)
63. Paul Scholes (Man Utd/England)
62. Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus/Italy)
61. Luka Modric (Spurs/Croatia)
60. Robin Van Persie (Arsenal/Holland)
59. Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus/Italy)
58. Mark Van Bommel (Bayern/Holland)
57. David Silva (Man City/Spain)
56. Antonio Cassano (Milan/Italy)
55. Yaya Toure (Man City/Ivory Coast)
54. Daniele De Rossi (Roma/Italy)
53. Edin Dzeko (Wolfsburg/Bosnia)
52. Rio Ferdinand (Man Utd/England)
51. Pepe Reina (Liverpool/Spain)
50. Pedro (Barcelona/Spain)
49. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid/Spain)
48. Esteban Cambiasso (Inter/Argentina)
47. Patrice Evra (Man Utd/France)
46. Franck Ribery (Bayern/France)
45. Sergio Aguero (Athletico Madrid/Argentina)
44. Carles Puyol (Barcelona/Spain)
43. Dimitar Berbatov (Man Utd/Bulgaria)
42. Rafael Van Der Vaart (Spurs/Holland)
41. Javier Zanetti (Inter/Argentina)
40. Andrey Arshavin (Arsenal/Russia)
39. Kaka (Real Madrid/Brazil)
38. Sergio Busquets (Barcelona/Spain)
37. Luis Fabiano (Sevilla/Brazil)
36. Nicolas Anelka (Chelsea/France)
35. Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid/Spain)
34. John Terry (Chelsea/England)
33. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Milan/Sweden)
32. Julio Cesar (Inter/Brazil)
31. Gareth Bale (Spurs/Wales)
30. Nemanja Vidic (Man Utd/Serbia)
29. Carlos Tevez (Man City/Argentina)
28. Dani Alves (Barcelona/Brazil)
27. Maicon (Inter/Brazil)
26. Michael Essien (Chelsea/Ghana)
25. Mesut Ozil (Real Madrid/Germany)
24. Diego Milito (Inter/Argentina)
23. Gonzalo Higuain (Real Madrid/Argentina)
22. Lucio (Inter/Brazil)
21. Florent Malouda (Chelsea/France)
20. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool/England)
19. Iker Casillas (Real Madrid/Spain)
18. Arjen Robben (Bayern/Holland)
17. Phillip Lahm (Bayern/Germany)
16. Fernando Torres (Liverpool/Spain)
15. Ashley Cole (Chelsea/England)
14. Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal/Spain)
13. Frank Lampard (Chelsea/England)
12. Wayne Rooney (Man Utd/England)
11. Diego Forlan (Athletico Madrid/Uruguay)
10. Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern/Germany)
9. Gerard Pique (Barcelona/Spain)
8. Samuel Eto'o (Inter/Cameroon)
7. Andres Iniesta (Barcelona/Spain)
6. Didier Drogba (Chelsea/Ivory Coast)
5. Wesley Sneijder (Inter/Holland)
4. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid/Portugal)
3. Xavi (Barcelona/Spain)
2. David Villa (Barcelona/Spain)
1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona/Spain)
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1st one wasn't really a surprise so not point in releasing the top 10 :p
Hesky was defiantly in the top 5, but first place :S

PS: Where's Huddlestone?
do they actually think dirk kuyt should be in the top 100?
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Ridiculous list.

Where is Nasri? Luka Modric 61st? What a joke.
Ridiculous list imo, but hey they're the ones making loads of money from it. Not me..
This is the most subjective thing anyone could release, ever. It's fine for somebody to do it in a magazine but this **** will probably break out WW3 here considering the maturity levels.. I disagree entirely with the list but I'm staying out of it :p
Alexandre Pato #71 ?
I stopped reading it after that
Milito 24th :S

Have to say Heskey at number 1 was a big surprise
i cant see the white writing at the bottom unfortunately
Bale 31st? He's better than Fabregas , Ozil, and probably Schweinsteiger.
Not much wrong with the list, although I do feel the actual rankings are quite off, and I couldn't agree even with half.

At least they got Messi's ranking right... :D
But seriously, Ronaldo at 4?!
Lucio at 22?!
Many many more things done wrong...
Tevez should be higher than fabiano and torres. This list appears to be based off form as schweinsteiger is in the top 10.