The past decade has been a thrilling and exciting one for football fans, where numerous players have risen to prominence and demonstrated their skills on the pitch. Here, we take a look at some of the best footballers of the last decade.
1. Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi has undoubtedly been the standout player of the last decade, having dominated football with his mesmerizing skills and incredible goalscoring ability. Messi has won numerous awards, including seven Ballon d’Ors and has consistently been at the top of his game for the past 10 years.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo has also had an impressive decade, standing toe to toe with Lionel Messi throughout and often overshadowing him at times. Ronaldo’s incredible athleticism and goalscoring prowess have made him one of the most feared opponents on the pitch. He has won four Ballon d’Ors over the past decade, as well as numerous other awards.
Neymar is widely regarded as one of the most talented footballers of his generation, having burst onto the scene during his time at Santos before moving on to FC Barcelona and then Paris Saint-Germain. Neymar has been consistently impressive throughout the past decade, with his incredible dribbling skills and ability to score from anywhere on the pitch.
4. Robert Lewandowski
Robert Lewandowski has been one of the most prolific goalscorers in recent times, with his incredible form during the past decade propelling him to the top of the goal-scoring charts. He has won numerous Bundesliga awards, including being named the league’s top scorer five times.
5. Sergio Ramos
Sergio Ramos has been a stalwart of Real Madrid’s defence over the past decade, and has often been referred to as one of the best centre-backs in the world. His leadership skills and ability to read the game have been vital to Real Madrid’s success, and he has won numerous titles with the club, including four Champions League titles.
6. Andres Iniesta
Andres Iniesta has been a vital part of Barcelona’s midfield for the past decade, with his incredible skill and vision making him one of the most technically gifted players in the game. Iniesta has won numerous titles with Barcelona, including eight La Liga titles and four Champions League titles.
7. Virgil van Dijk
Virgil van Dijk has been one of the best defenders in the world in recent times, with his commanding presence and ball-playing ability making him a key part of Liverpool’s success. He was also instrumental in helping the Netherlands reach the UEFA Nations League final in 2019.
8. Kevin De Bruyne
Kevin De Bruyne has been one of the most impressive midfielders of the past decade, with his creativity and vision making him a vital part of Manchester City’s success. He has won numerous titles with the club, including four Premier League titles, and has been instrumental in Belgium’s success on the international stage.
The past decade has been a thrilling and exciting one for football fans, with numerous talented players demonstrating their skills on the pitch. While the list of best footballers of the last decade is subjective, these players have stood out with their incredible performances and have consistently been at the top of their game.