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The 10 Best Footballers in the World?

August 24, 2009


Wow.  I don’t know who writes for the website Bukisa or who selected this lot, but I think they’re way off the mark.

And the chosen 10 are:

  1. Messi
  2. Crissy Pants
  3. Ibrahimovic
  4. Stevie G
  5. Et0’o
  6. Kaka
  7. Xavi
  8. Iniesta
  9. Lamps
  10. Torres

Ibrahovic?? Really? Lampard in the World’s Top 10?  That’s being a bit generous I think.

You can read the explanation for the f***ery here. You try to sort it out, because they lost me at Zlatan. * Please do leave a comment referring to that goal that Ibra had for Ajax.  That is not going to win an argument.

Who would your top 10 be?  Let us know in a comment!


48 Comments leave one →
  1. August 24, 2009 7:25 pm

    In no specific order –
    F. Torres

    • August 24, 2009 7:54 pm

      Loving the Vida choice.
      I’m biased of course but the man is unbelievable.

      • August 24, 2009 7:58 pm

        Even if you try to put your bias aside, can you come up with another defender you’d pick if you had to start a back four?

        Rio – A bit to old
        Terry – Too slow to be world class outside of EPL
        Puyol – Is he big / physical enough to handle big strikers

        Plus defenders and ‘keepers never get enough credit on “top 10” lists.

  2. Craig permalink
    August 24, 2009 7:32 pm

    On Gerrard: “..March’s Premier League Player of the Month, enough said.”
    I couldn’t agree more with the last part…

  3. August 24, 2009 8:19 pm

    In order:

    Christian Rolondo
    Lionel Messi
    Fernando Torres
    John O’Shea.

    • August 24, 2009 8:27 pm

      Wait. I think I just hallucinated. John O’Shea? Or was that comic relief?
      God bless your little heart, Andrew.

      Somewhere in Mancunia, John O’Shea just did the whole monologue from Taxi Driver in his mirror after reading this.

    • August 24, 2009 8:29 pm

      All you need to know…

      • August 24, 2009 8:34 pm

        All credit to O’Shea for coming up HUGE a few times for United. And Lord knows I love Irishmen. But Top 10 in the World? Dude doesn’t even start every match for United. Mr. O’Shea and I suffer from a similar disease: lack of speed. He gets burned an awful lot for a world top 10.

      • August 24, 2009 8:49 pm

        Boy’s a genius.

        Special mention for #11, Diego Forlan. What an improvement….

  4. August 24, 2009 8:33 pm

    not in order.

    reina – the token goalkeeper

  5. August 24, 2009 9:54 pm

    O’shea is genius. That last minute goal against the scumbags a few years ago made him a utd legend.

    On topic, I would rather have lamps in my team over most of those in the top ten. Definately over ronaldo but maybe that is the Englishman in me speaking. :-/

  6. August 24, 2009 10:57 pm

    Where are zee Germans? No Schweinsteiger in anyone’s list? Other under represented European countries? France? Ribery? No Italians? No other Eastern Euros than the beautiful Vida? Or Africans? Hmmmmmm.

  7. Hush permalink
    August 24, 2009 11:24 pm

    My top 10 (in no particular order) would be:

    Lionel Messi
    Cristiano Ronaldo
    Frank Ribery
    Cesc Fabregas
    Andres Iniesta
    Steven Gerrard
    Wayne Rooney
    Fernando Torres

  8. August 24, 2009 11:47 pm

    Pissy Crissy
    Del Piero
    The Boy Wonder

    I like to spread it out a little bit. I also like to remember aging footballers as they were in their prime.

  9. August 24, 2009 11:49 pm

    in no order blah blah, and heavily opinionated.

    Eidur Gudjohnsen
    Iker Casillas
    Cristiano Ronaldo
    Luka Modric
    Fernando Torres
    Lionel Messi
    Cesc Fabregas
    Wayne Rooney
    Adam Johnson

  10. Aksi permalink
    August 25, 2009 1:30 am

    1. Messi
    2. Daylight ;)

    nine others, in no particular order:
    C. Ronaldo

  11. Petar permalink
    August 25, 2009 5:31 am

    Ok here is how I see it at the moment:

    PS: Reina LOL, O’Shea LOOL, Modric LOOOL, Gudjohnsen ROFL & Adam Johnson WTF!?

  12. Kevin D. Johnson of Baton Rouge, LA permalink
    August 25, 2009 5:47 am

    1. Messi
    3. Villa
    4. Xavi
    5. Kaka
    6. Gerrard
    7. Vidic
    8. Ibrahimovic
    9. Torres
    10. Reina

  13. Kevin D. Johnson of Baton Rouge, LA permalink
    August 25, 2009 5:50 am

    But come on everyone there are only so many names. The following would come out in a top 10 :

    Messi, Ronaldo, Kaka, Villa, Gerrard, Ibrahimovic, Torres, Xavi, Iniesta, Fabregas, Ronaldinho, Henry, Eto’o, Forlan, Arguero, Luis Fabiano, Tim Howard, Iker Casillas, Van Der Sar, Cech, Buffon, Dida, Cesar, Adebayor, Tevez, Rooney, Rio Ferdinand, Klose, Ballack, Lampard, Lahm

    Now from that list everyone can find a top 10.

  14. August 25, 2009 5:55 am

    1. Lionel Messi
    2. Cristiano Ronaldo
    3. Cesc Fabregas
    4. Ricardo Kaka’
    5. Raul
    6. Andrey Arshavin
    7. Samir Nasri
    8. Steven Gerrard
    9. Fernando Torres
    10. Dennis Bergkamp, Zinedine Zidane, Theirry Henry, Ray Parlour, Tony Adams, Ian Wright.

  15. August 25, 2009 8:44 am

    Ibrahimovic 3rd? Seriously? That’s a joke right there.

  16. Muro permalink
    August 25, 2009 9:28 am


    • August 25, 2009 1:04 pm

      I rate Tim Tim Tourettes over Reina.
      Kevin D. Johnson of Baton Rouge, LA, was just being a good American. :-)

      • Kevin D. Johnson of Baton Rouge, LA permalink
        August 26, 2009 7:36 pm

        That I am indeed :D Howard is getting better and better. Certaintly 1 of the top 10 keepers in the world.

  17. Brad permalink
    August 25, 2009 12:16 pm

    1. Messi
    2. Ronaldo
    3. Gerrard
    4. Kaka
    5. Vidic
    6. Torres
    7. Iniesta
    8. Xavi
    9. Reina
    10. Essien

  18. August 25, 2009 2:44 pm

    In no particular order

    Cristiano Ronaldo
    Xabi Hernandez
    Andres Iniesta
    Franck Ribery
    Iker Casillas
    Andrei Arshavin

    Yes all rated above Torres and Gerrard. So sue me.

  19. Denis the stat permalink
    August 25, 2009 3:18 pm

    Not in any order,

    Iniesta (we hate him forever in Chelsea but yeah…)
    Fernando Torres
    C. Ronaldo (with the C)
    Carlito Tevez

    plus an old time classic Gianfranco Zola

    PS: Ray Parlour? nice one that.

  20. sucky permalink
    August 28, 2009 3:16 pm

    in no particular order:

    Leoniel Messi
    Tim Howard
    Wayne Rooney

    Others worth mentioning:
    Owen (past his prime)
    Gerrard (a little too overrated for me)
    Lamps (im not a chelsea fan)
    Reina (not bad a keeper but Tim’s better.. I guess his form is back)
    Van Der Sar (12 clean sheets or izzit more?)

    Well so kina obvious that I chase only the EPL.. People like Villa kaka and Ribery are here cause they appear in news too many a time… Hehe..

  21. August 28, 2009 4:51 pm

    No order:

    C. Ronaldo
    Xavi H.
    Forlán (maybe Agüero, maybe Rooney)

  22. August 28, 2009 4:53 pm

    Sorry, I meant “in order” actually.

  23. Bhav permalink
    September 8, 2009 5:04 pm

    In the CORRECT order:
    1. Messi
    2. Kaka
    3. C.Ronaldo
    4. Gerrard
    5. Iniesta
    6. Torres
    7. Villa
    8. Essien
    9. Rooney
    10. Defoe (right now he’s incredible)

    Watch out for Glen Johnson – he’ll creep into the list sometime soon.

  24. October 7, 2009 2:31 am

    my opinion is ronaldo,messi,kaka,vidic,drogba,torres,xavi,rooney,evra,gerrard

  25. October 7, 2009 10:44 am

    Here are the results from the Elche jury….

    1. Casillas
    3.Cristiano Ronaldo
    7.David Villa

    Okay, fair cop I slipped in Frank to see if anyone noticed, perhaps I should have stuck him at number 3. Ray Parlour? You’re ‘avin a giraffe! Another one of those that the closest he should have got to an England shirt was JJB.

  26. October 7, 2009 10:49 am

    PS Ray Parlour looks like Charlie Dimmock

  27. October 7, 2009 10:50 am

    P.S. RP also looks like Charlie Dimmock

  28. Matt permalink
    October 7, 2009 2:14 pm

    In order…

    1. Cristiano Ronaldo
    2. Fernando Torres
    3. Lionel Messi
    4. Steven Gerrard
    5. Kaka
    6. Xavi
    7. Wayne Rooney
    8. Gianluigi Buffon
    9. Frank Lampard
    10.Didier Drogba

  29. S j Roach permalink
    October 20, 2009 9:04 pm

    where o where is andre Arshavin in all these lists?

  30. sal permalink
    November 3, 2009 4:07 pm

    1. Messi
    2. Iniesta
    3. Xavi

    …and I’m a Real fan. messi is the most gifted player on the planet- Iniesta is the best all round footballer. (Possesion skills, dribbling, head for the game, passing range, through balls, teamworks etc.) And Xavi is a maestro- intelligent passer etc.

    4. Kaka (on his day, not consistant enough these days though).
    5. Buffon / Iker (Buffon a few years ago, but now Iker).


    CR (Good but way overrated)
    Gerrard (see above)

  31. JP Saluba permalink
    November 17, 2009 1:41 pm

    here are my statistics. in order..
    1. Cristiano Ronaldo
    2. Lionel Messi
    3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
    4. Wayne Rooney
    5. Samuel Etoo
    6. Jose Fernando Torres
    7. David Villa Sanchez
    8. Thierry Henry
    9. Dimitar Berbatov
    10. Van Persie

    1. Kaka
    2. Steven Gerrard
    3. Xavi Hernandez
    4. Xabi Alonso
    5. Iniesta
    6. Frank Lampard
    7. Cesc Fabregas
    8. Van der Vaart
    9. Ronaldinho
    10. Yaya Toure

    1. John Terry
    2. Puyol
    3. Fabio Cannavaro
    4. Rio Ferdinand
    5. Zambrotta
    6. Kolo Toure
    7. Dani Alves
    8. Sagna
    9. Evra
    10. Garay

    1. Iker Casillas
    2. Edwin Van der Sar
    3. Valdez
    4. Buffon
    5. Reina
    6. Petr Cech
    7. Howard
    8. Dida
    9. Palop
    10. Lehmann

  32. Billy permalink
    January 24, 2010 2:47 pm

    For me the top 10 players in the world now are (in order);

    1. Lionel Messi
    2. Cristiano Ronaldo
    3. Cesc Fabregas
    4. Andres Iniesta
    5. Xavi
    6. Didier Drogba
    7. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
    8. Fernando Torres
    9. Kaka
    10. Samuel Eto’o

    (Sorry if someone disagrees with me it’s just my opinion and feel free to suggest players you think are better than the ones on my list or if you don’t think my list is in order).

  33. March 4, 2010 12:01 pm

    Rooney is the best player in the world because has shown his self to the whole world by playing three games and scoring five goals with his head.If any player want to be like Rooney he has to shake the net.

    • March 4, 2010 12:07 pm

      I Want ROONEY to be my friend.Pleas I want his email address.

  34. lucky miracle ekeoma permalink
    March 12, 2010 5:47 am

    i also believe that wayne rooney is the best player in the world bcos he has prove tha the world by playing 3matches and score 5goals with head.that is amasing and great.
    infact i realy respect and adore him for that.please i made my best best and i would like to get his email address.please reply

  35. March 15, 2010 9:45 am

    Cristiano Ronaldo is far the best footballer today

  36. April 10, 2010 12:51 pm

    in order 1 crisiano ronaldo 2 kaka 3 gerrad 4 messi 5 torres 6 cassil/real madrid goalkeeper 7 bemzema 8 raul 9 simau 10 lampard.

  37. al ameen ado yakasai permalink
    June 5, 2010 5:22 pm

    1 messi
    2 fabregas

    3 song
    4 robben
    5 ribery
    6 kaka
    7 ronaldo
    8 rooney
    9 xavi
    10 iniesta

  38. George permalink
    June 6, 2010 7:02 pm

    I’m sorry JP Saluba but why an earth have you put Zlatan no.3 in the world for strikers, John Terry as no.1 defender and Jens Lehmann in the top 10 goalkeepers? Are you for real?

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