Best Soccer Players of the Decade 2000s

Best Soccer Players of the Decade 2000s: The 2000s were an amazing time for soccer, and we got to see some of the best players ever.

Picking the best soccer player of the 2000s is really tough because there are so many great players to choose from. But a few players really stand out. They were the best of the best and had huge success both on their own and with their teams.

Best Soccer Players of the Decade 2000s

In this article, we’ll talk about some of the top contenders for the Best Soccer Player of the Decade award for the 2000s.


World Soccer (Magazine)

In 2009, the World Soccer magazine revealed the World Player of the Decade. This special award was given based on votes from readers in the annual Player of the Year polls, which took into account performances from the years 2000 to 2009.


RankPlayerCountryPoints
1RonaldinhoBrazil781
2Lionel MessiArgentina759
3Cristiano RonaldoPortugal708
4Thierry HenryFrance619
5KakáBrazil567
6Fabio CannavaroItaly401
7Pavel NedvědCzech Republic394
8Michael OwenEngland330
9Luís FigoPortugal290
10Zinedine ZidaneFrance270
11RaúlSpain261
12RonaldoBrazil260
13Andriy ShevchenkoUkraine230
14Andrés IniestaSpain215
15Michael BallackGermany180
16XaviSpain163
17RivaldoBrazil150
18Fernando TorresSpain149
19Samuel Eto’oCameroon146
20Frank LampardEngland146
21Steven GerrardEngland134
22DecoPortugal130
23Francesco TottiItaly107
24Ruud van NistelrooyNetherlands99
25Oliver KahnGermany90
26Paolo MaldiniItaly82
27Didier DrogbaIvory Coast79
28Juan Román RiquelmeArgentina77
29AdrianoBrazil73
30Iker CasillasSpain59
31Andrey ArshavinRussia54
32Zlatan IbrahimovićSweden53
33Gianluigi BuffonItaly49
34David VillaSpain46
35Roy MakaayNetherlands40
36David BeckhamEngland37
37Wayne RooneyEngland36
38Diego ForlánUruguay21
39Gabriel BatistutaArgentina20
40Henrik LarssonSweden20

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