TOP 10 GREATEST PLAYER OF THE LAST 25YEARS AND REASONS BEHIND THEIR RANKING

FourFourTwo has ranked the 101 greatest footballers of the last 25 years and Messi and Ronaldo unsurprisingly make the top ten. Here is the list of the top ten:


1. LIONEL MESSI

If Cristiano Ronaldo is Rafael Nadal – never stopping in the relentless quest for perfection – then Messi is Roger Federer. The most naturally gifted athlete his sport has ever produced, the Argentine normalises the superhuman, achieving apparent perfection with an insouciant swish of his left foot.

“I feel sorry for those who want to compete for Messi’s throne,” Pep Guardiola once said. “It’s impossible, this kid is unique.”

Trying to make sense of Messi is to give up on football, to forget the reason why you first started watching in the first place, cross-legged in the front room or open-mouthed on the stands. Suspend your disbelief and follow what most opponents do. Admire.

2. CRISTIANO RONALDO

3. ZINEDINE ZIDANE

4. RONALDO

5. RONALDINHO

6. THIERRY HENRY

7. XAVI

8. ANDRES INIESTA

9. PAOLO MALDINI

10. ROBERTO BAGGIO
2. CRISTIANO RONALDO

Ronaldo is a freak of nature. His talent is ludicrous, yet it’s the Portuguese’s constant desire for self-improvement which stands CR7 apart from his peers.

Named after then-US president Ronald Reagan, Ronaldo was determined to escape what was an impoverished childhood. It’s partly why he’s managed to evolve from a fancy-dan winger who struggled for end product at Sporting and early on at Manchester United to the deadly wide-cum-centre-forward which got his move to Real Madrid and continued success at Juventus.

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