**On the face of it, this should be an easy list to put together.**

Fifa has just presented Lionel Messi with World Player of the Year trophy after a vote by captains and head coaches of 208 national teams around the globe. And who should know better than them?

The voting went as followed. 1. Messi 2. Cristiano Ronaldo 3. Xavi' 4. Kaka' 5. Andres Iniesta. So there’s the top 5 then.

Trouble is, some of the picks are hard to fathom. For instance, England’s John Terry had Michael Ballack in second place. Some would argue that he’s not even the second best player at Chelsea, let alone, in the world. The representative from Saudi Arabia is obviously a Chelsea fan too as his top three went Terry, Ballack and Essien, while the man from Macau went with Gerrard, Villa and Eto’o.

Of course everyone is entitled to their opinion but perhaps they can be swayed by outside influences? Friendship, team mates, not considering names of players they’ve never faced or even not voting for players they simply don’t like on a personal level.

Another gauge could be the Fifa / FIFPro World XI which is selected by 50,000 fellow professionals. They went for Casillas in goal, a backline of Alves, Terry, Vidic, Evra, a midfield made up of Gerrard, Xavi and Iniesta with Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Torres up front. It is, without doubt, a wonderful side but it’s picked on a positional basis as opposed to pure performance regardless of formation.

So what about the latest Castrol rankings? Admittedly, this only takes in to account the top 5 leagues in Europe but pretty much everyone who counts is therefore included. The latest list has Thierry Henry on top followed by Messi, Ronaldo, Torres, Pique, Solado, Villa, Puyol, Alves and Arshavin.

Hmm, perhaps it’s not as easy as we first thought. Indeed, it might be best if we forget all the experts, the current pro’s and the administrators and leave it down to us mere football fans to have our own say. Granted, personal likes and dislikes, loathing, favouritism, blind faith or pure hate will all play a part here but it should be fun nonetheless.

So, today we are asking you to answer this question. Who, regardless of their position on the field, are the top ten players in the world as of today?

Publish your choices by using the comment function below and let’s see how Footy Boots fans compare to the established order.

Me 😀

1. Messi

2. Torres

3. Ibrahimovic

4. Ronaldo

5. Xavi

6. Gerrard

7. Iniesta

8. KakĂĆ’Ă‚Âˇ

9. Rooney

10. EtoĂĆ’Ă‚Âł

1.Ronaldo

2.messi

3.rooney

4.inesta

5.torres

6.giggs

7.gerard

8.drogba

9.benzema

10.arshavin

1. Messi

2. Ronaldo

3. Fabregas

4. Iniesta

5. Xavi

6. Gerrard

7. Kaka

8. Arshavin

9. Rooney

10.Drogba (Even though a don’t like Chelsae much) lol

1.ronaldo

2.messi

3.drogba

4.torres

5.xavi

6.inesta

7.eto’o

8.gerrard

9.kaka

10.rooney

Looking at the list, it really seems that the game is only about attacking and scoring goals. But when you think about it, some players really dont get the credit they deserve.

Let’s take Real Madrid for example. One of the most underrated players, Lass Diarra, surely he’s got to fit in there somewhere on the list. He was the backbone in the Los Merengues squad, mr. consistent, performing at the very top level every night (last and this season), doing the dirty work. There’s no doubt that this season he has been more important to Los GalĂĆ’Ă‚Âˇcticos than KakĂĆ’Ă‚Âˇ. But, of course, it’s the gimmicky moves that make it to youtube and top ten lists.

1. Messi

2. Ronaldo

3. Torres

4. Drogba

5. Fabregas

6. Xavi

7. Kaka

8. Gerrard

9. Iniesta

10. Anelka

This list is rather hurried and the order perhaps a little mistaken. I do think however that Fabregas deserves a good mention judging from his performances this season and Anelka has to be considered after winning the EPL Golden Boot last year

Cristiano Ronaldo #1 no doubt

1. Gerrard

2. Ronaldo

3. Messi

4. Rooney

5. Torres

6. Iniesta

7. Xavi

8. Drogba

9. Fabregas

10. Ibrahimovic

1.messi

2.pato

3.iniesta

4.xavi

5.kaka

6.ronaldo

7.mohamed zidane

8.pirlo

9.drogba

10.aboutrika

the top 10 players are:

1. messi

2. drogba

3. terry

4. gerrard

5. torres

6. essien

7. ronaldo

8. xavi

9. casillas

10. rooney

1.Ibrahimovic

2.C.Ronaldo

3.Messi

4.Torres

5.Rooney

6.Fabragas

7.Villa

8.Aguero

9.Pato

10.Gourcuff

Top 3

1.Messi

2.Ronaldo

3.Ibrahimovic

Not sure about Ibra as #3 but hes definately top 5 in my opinion, weird that so few have him in their top 10’s..

King Henry

1. messi

2. ronaldo

3. rooney

4. xavi

5. kaka

6. torres

7. fabregas

8. iniesta

9. gerrard

10. terry

1. CR7

2. Messi

3. Torres

4. Ibra

5. Xavi

6. Don Andres

7. Rooney

8. Evra

9. Gerrard

10. Giggs

1pato

2pato

3pato

4pato

…

…

…

1.messi

2.ronaldo

3 xavi

4.henry

5.iniesta

6.torres

7.alvez

8.arshavin

9.lennon

10.

1.ronaldo

2.messi

3.drogba

4.torres

5.xavi

6.lampard

7.kaka

8.fabragras

9.rooney

10.anelka

1. Ibrahimovic

2. Ronaldo

3. Messi

4. Kaka

5. Xavi

6. Torres

7. Lampard

8. Iniesta

9. Gerrard

10. Pique

1) messi

2) Ronaldo even tho he’s a flamer

3) drogba

4) fabregras

5) xavi

6) ibrahimovic

7) iniesta

8) alvez

9) arshavin

10) Henry

1. Messi

2. Ronaldo

2. Torres

4. Iniesta

5. Kaka

6. Lampard

7. Bezema

8. Rooney

9. Xavi

10. Thomas Vermaelen

u gt to have the barca front 3 and xavi and iniesta in there somewhere

messi

xavi

iniesta

ronaldo

gerrard

eto

drogba

torres

henry

fabregas

1. Lionel Messi

2. Cristiano Ronaldo

3. Xavi Hernandez

4. Andres Iniesta

5. Fernando Torres

6. Ricardo Kaka

7. Francesc Fabregas

8. Frank Lampard

9. Steven Gerrard

10.Wayne Rooney

1. Ronaldo

2. Messi

3. Xavi

4. Torres

5. Ibrahimovic

6. Iniesta

7. David Villa

8. Arshavin

9. Puyol

10. Rooney

(Casillas, Gerrard, Kaka, Lampard, Fabregas, Terry, etc. all come close)

everyone has offensive in mind but its players like dani alves that really make teams like barca go. he is all over the field offense and defense and feeds balls up front and doesnt get much credit. he deff deserves to be in the top 10. he is playing out of his mind right now

1. Messi

2. Ronaldo

3. Fabregas

4. Iniesta

5. Xavi

Best 10 right now

1.Ronaldo

2.Ibrahimovic

3.Messi

4.Drogba

5.Fabregas

6.Rooney

7.Xavi

8.kaka

9.Gerrard

10.Aguero

close but no cigar… Pato,Balotelli,Dunne,Milito, Puyol,and benzema

cryuff

Pato? pato is not even 20 yet and isn’t close to the level of ronaldo or messi.And it seems most of the lists here have either ronaldo or messi in the #1 position, Regardless…

1.Ronaldo-more complete than messi. e.g. shoots with weak foot, free kick taker, shoots anywhere on the field, faster,bigger,stronger,

consistent performer…

2.messi-no doubt about it, messi is a extraordinary player, but problems with the argentinean squad make him #2 for me

3.kakĂĆ’Ă‚Âˇ

4.Iker casillas- best goalie in the world

5.ibrahimovic

6.xavi-the assist king

7.fabregas-great current form

8.lassana diarra-great form for madrid lately

9.puyol-great defender, knows how to do defence

10.rooney-united’s new hitman

and people lets stop living in the past. Henry may have been the best, but he is nowhere near that form he had with arsenal and that shameful act of blatant cheating make him off my top 10 list.

1-messi

2-ronaldo

3-torres

4-iniesta

5-gerrard

6-xavi

7-ibrahimovic

8-kaka

9-drogba

10-essien

but i think the best (balanced) team wud be

——–julio cesar

maicon-vidic-puyol-a.cole

———-essien

—–iniesta—gerrard-

messi—-torres—-ronaldo

or sumting like dat nyway

1. Messi

2. Drogba

3. Iniesta

4. Ronaldo

5. Xavi

6. Kaka

7. Ibrahimovic

8. Fabregas

9. Gerrard

10. Rooney

if Villa went to a top club in spain or england he would be the best in the world a long with torres

1.Ronaldo

2.Messi

3.Torres

4.Gerrard

5.Ibra

6.Xavi

7.Fabregas

8.Puyol

9.Kaka

10.Rooney

I hate Chelsea

To make this fair positionally, I’ll do my top 3 attackers, top 3 midfielders, and top 3 defenders. I’ll put in my top goalkeeper to complete the top 10. Here we go:

Attackers:

1. Messi

2. Ronaldo

3. Rooney

Midfielders:

1. Xavi

2. Fabregas

3. Essien

Defenders:

1. Puyol

2. Alves

3. Abidal

Goalkeeper:

1. Casillas

1. messi

2. cristiano ronaldo

3. fabragras

4. drogba

5. kaka

6. lampard

7. xavi

8. iniesta

9. Pique

10 Terry

being worlds best player isi’nt about scoring the most goals, but understanding the game and to have good ball controll!

1. messi

2. ronaldo

3. iniesta

4. torres

5. dani alves

6. xavi

7. fabregas

8. rooney

9. ibrahimovic

10. casillas

I believe Cuauhtemoc Blanco should be somewhere on that list.

1.Messi/Ronaldo (they are both so good its indistinguishable)

3.Fabregas

4.Rooney

5.Torres

6.Xavi

7.Drogba

8.Kaka

9.Evra

10.Iniesta, Alves,or Giggs

1.Messi

2.Ronaldo

3.Xavi

4.Kaka

5.Ibrahimovic

6.Ribery

7.Fabregas

8.Gerrard

9.Iniesta

10.Rooney

1. Ronaldo

2. Messi

3. Ibahimovic

4. Iniesta

5. Drogba

6. KakĂĆ’Ă‚Âˇ

7. Dani Alves

8. Sneijder

9. Xavi

10.VidiĂĆ’Ă‚Â§

1. Ronaldo

2. Messi

3. Gerrard

4. Kaka

5. Fabragas

6. Torres

7. Xavi

8. Lampard

9. Drogba

10. Cech

Ibrahimovic is overrated!

1. Xavi

2. Fabregas

3. Messi

4. Ronaldo

5. Drogba

6. Pique

7. Alves

8. Puyol

9. Arshavin

10.Rooney

1. gerrard

2, messi

3. f.torres

4. ronaldo

5. kaka

6. iniesta

7. xavi

8. ibrahimovic

9. rooney

10. terry

1.c.ronaldo

2.messi

3.ibrahimovic

4.kaka

5.ronney

6.torres

7.Aguero

8.ronaldinho

9.drogba

10.henry

1.c.ronaldo

2.messi

3.torres

4.ibrahemovic

5.rooney

6.drogba

7.kaka

8.vidic

9.xavi

10.ineista

1.Messi

2.Ronaldo

3.Gerrard

4.Xavi

5.Torres

6.Kaka

7.Iniesta

8.Terry

9.Rooney

10.Casillas

Messi

Xavi

Drogba

Buffon

Arshavin

Nesta (when fit) (otherwise Vidic)

Maicon

RibĂĆ’Ă‚Â©ry

Essien

Iniesta

1.Messi

2.Ronaldo

3.Xavi

4.Iniesta

5.Torres

6.Fabregas

7.Villa

8.Arshavin

9.David SIlva

10.Ribery

1.Messi

2.Ronaldo

3.Xavi

4.Iniesta

5.Villa

6.Torres

7.Kaka

8.Fabregas

9.Arshavin

10.Drogba

cw 2194 had it right,

it’s best to sort them by position. But I’d go with

Attackers:

1. Messi

2. Luis Fabiano

3. David Villa

I didn’t put C. Ronaldo in because he is a biaaattttccchh.

Midfielders:

1. Fabregas

2. Kaka

3. Xavi

Fabregas was captain of Arsenal at how old?

Defenders:

1. Alves

2. Sergio Ramos

3. Terry

Daniel Alves being the most expensive defender in soccer must mean something.

Goalkeeper:

1. Tim Howard

It’s my American duty to throw his name out there.

There’s too many good players out there to list.

1. Messi

2. Ronaldo

3. Iniesta

4. Kaka

5. Torres

6. Villa

7. Rooney

8. Gerrard

9. Xavi

10.Giggs

i think pato is one for the future, along with aguero, but giggs pips no.10 because of his consistency over the years, his accomplishments, professionalism and is the ideal footballer. @ greg, just because argentina aren’t doing too well, doesn’t mean messi isn’t better than ronaldo IN 2009. messi has won every club trophy he can pissibly win, defied critics and deserves to be best player of 09. 2010 may be ronaldo’s year-perhaps the rise of pato, and with a game against man utd, what a game to kick start his charge…soo many greats have never been to the world cup e.g. best…and so many great players in our generation

To be honest and trying to be unbias, looking at peoples opinions that ronney is better than torres is completely shocking!

My top 3:

Strikers: Torres, Drogba, Ibrahimovic

Wingers: Messi, C. Ronaldo, Ribery

Midfielders: Gerrard, Iniesta, Essien

Full backs: D. Alves, Maicon, S. Ramos

Centre Backs: Puyol, Terry, Agger (Vidic has been shocking this season)

Keeper: Casillas, Reina, Given

1. Messi

2. Ronaldo

3. Xavi

4. Iniesta

5. Zlatan

6. KakĂĆ’Ă‚Âˇ

7. Drogba

8. Torres

9. Dani Alves

10. Gerrard

Defense wins championships…

1. Messi

2. Puyol

3. Ballack

4. Rooney

5. Alves

6. Xavi

7. Ibrahimovic

8. Ronaldo

9. Iniesta

10. Drogba

1 – Messi

2 – C. Ronaldo

3 – Iniesta

4 – Fabregas

5 – Puyol

6 – Xavi

7 – Dani Alves

8 – Ibrahimovic

9 – Casillas

10 – Torres

1. Messi

2. Fabregas

3. Iniesta

4. Essien

5. Xavi

6. Villa

7. Kaka

8. Arshavin

9. Given

10. Torres

1.Messi

2.C.Ronaldo

3.Ibrahimovic

4.Xavi

5.Iniesta

6.Kaka

7.Casillas

8.Pique

9.Gerrard

10.Puyol(just gotta include him, love this lad so much, he is being underrated, not even in 442’s top 100 when Vidic is something in twenties, but he’s one of the best)

1.Messi

2.Ronaldo

3.Xavi

4.Kaka

5.Iniesta

6.Fabregas

7.Drogba

8.Torres

9.Villa

10.Rooney

1. Iniesta

2. Drogba

3. Ribery

4. C.Ronaldo

5. Essien

6. Kaka

7. Terry

8. Messi

9. Villa

10. Lampard

1. Ronaldo / Messi (too even)

2. Iniesta

3. Xavi

4. Ibrahimovic

5. Torres

6. Puyol

7. Rooney

8. S.Ramos

9. Cassillas / Given (equal for me)

10.Ribery

Come on guys where the hell are the likes of Valencia, Ferdinand, Lassana Diara, (Some of your lists do not even contain Fabregas!)

1. Fabregas

2. Messi

3.Valencia

4. Torres

5. Ibrahimovic

6. Ferdinand

7. Lassana Diara

8. Benzema

9. Iniesta

10. Cech

not exactly a list but

GK – Petr Cech

LB – Evra

CB – Ferdinand

CB – Puyol

RB – Rafael

LM – Ronaldo

CM – Valencia

CM – Iniesta

RM – Messi

CF – Torres

CF – Ibrahimovic

My Top 11

1. Cristiano Ronaldo

2. Kaka

3. Didier Drogba

4. Fernando Torres

5. Luis Fabiano

6. Dani Alves

7. Cesc Fabregas

8. Ricardo Carvalho

9. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

10. Landon Donovan

1. Messi – a better player than CR9 allround

2. C.Ronaldo

3. Kaka

4. Xavi

5. Iniesta

6. Torres

7. Fabergas

8. Henry

9. Ferdinard

10. Gerrard

i am SOOO agree with Jaspi, players like lass deserve to get more respect. i think that is why he is the one wearing no.10 among those galacticos stars.

about messi… messi is good, really really damn good. but he’s kinda sucks on the national team, and one more thing… hello people? he’s playing in barca. like the best team in the world. he got the best support he could ask for. i’d like to see if he’s still perform that good if he’s playing for other club.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo

2. Wayne Rooney

3. Fernando Torres

4. Leo Messi

5. Nemanja Vidic

6. John Terry

7. Patrice Evra

8. Didier Drogba

9. Ryan Giggs

10. Steven Gerrard

There is no doubt that Ronaldinho is the best in the world. He has been the best of the decade so all those players like Messi,Ballack,and much less Ronaldo can be compared to Ronaldinho.

Sorry for the long list, couldn’t help it 🙂

1. Lionel Messi

2. Cesc Fabregas

3. Cristiano Ronaldo

4. Wayne Rooney

5. Kaka

6. Xavi

7. Didier Drogba

8. Iker Casillas

9. Fernando Torres

10. Zlatan Ibrahimavic

11. David Villa

12. Dani Alves

13. Nemanja Vidic

14. Lassana Diara

15. Steven Gerrard

16. Andres Ineiesta

17. Thierry Henry

18. Petr Cech

19. Carlos Puyol

20. Samuel Eto’o

21. Robin Van Persie

22. Michael Essien

23. Andrey Arshavin

24. Xabi Alonso

25. Francisco Totti

This list was mostly determined by determined by the players performances this year, but there are some listed that are being held back because of injuries and etc.

1.messi

2.torres

3.xavi

4.gerrard

5.ronaldo

6.iniesta

7.ibrahimovic

8.essien

9. darren bent

10.defoe or drogba

1.meesi

2.torres

3.xavi

4.gerrard

5.ronaldo

6.fabregas

7.ibrahimovic

8.ARSHAVIN

9.iniesta

10.darren bent

1.C. Ronaldo- legend in the making

2.Messi

3.Eto’o

4.Kaka

5.Henry

6.Gerrard

7.Drogba

8.Ribery

9.Torres

10.Puyol

#1 Johan Cruyff

#2 Eric Cantona

#3 Franz Beckenbaur

#4 Wayne Rooney

#5 Roy Keane

How come people include Kaka. He is not playing good for Real this season at all. The problems with top ten, it’s very easy to forget people like Essien, Giggs, Alves, Drogba

Attackers (have to be fast and smart and have that instinct)

1. Messi

2. Ronaldo

3. Drogba

4. Rooney

5. Villa

6. Torres

Midfielders (have to be strong, smart and good control)

1. Iniesta

2. Xavi

3. Essien (strong as hell. Got powerful legs)

4. Giggs ( i don’t know where he fits in but needs a place here)

5. Lampard

6. Evra

7. Ribery

8. Gerrard

Defenders:

1. Alves

2. Puyol

3. Terry

Keeper:

1. Casillas

2. Tim Howard

3. Victor Valdes

1. Ronaldo

2. Messi

3. Kaka

4. Torres

5. Drogba

6. Fabregas

7. Gerrard

8. Rooney

9. Xavi

10.David Villa

Messi impresses me every time I watch him play, I have to put him at 1.

I can’t place Ronaldo high because every time I watch him, he falls over a blade of grass and then scores on an undeserved free kick, it just doesn’t impress me.

The rest is hard, there are so many great players.

Rooney

Fabregas

Buffon

Owen

Gerrard

Xavi

Torres

Kaka

Puyol

1.Henry (when he played for Arsenal)

2. Ibrahimovic

3.Messi

4.Ronaldo (when he played for man u)

5. Rooney

6. Fabregas

7. Torres

8. Totti

9. Eto

10. Drogba

1.messi

2.ibrahimovic

3.ronaldo

4.xavi

5.torres

6.rooney

7.fabregas

8.sergio ramos

9.vidic

10.evra

1.lampard(sorry but its true)

2.drogba

3.essien

4.terry

5.anelka

6.carvalho

7.joe cole

8.kakuta

9.cech

10.fabregas(ARSENAL!)

1.Ronaldo

2.Ronaldo

3.Ronaldo

4.Ronaldo

5.Ronaldo

6.Ronaldo

7.Ronaldo

8.Ronaldo

9.Ronaldo

10.Ronaldo

😀

1. Messi

2. Torres

3. Ronaldo

4. Xavi

5. Iniesta

6. KakĂĆ’Ă‚Âˇ

7. Rooney

8. David Villa

9. Fabregas

10. Eto

1.torres

2.messi

3.ronaldo

4.iniesta

5.xavi

6.gerrard

7.lampard

8.kaka

9.dzeko

10.ibrahimoviĂĆ’Ă‚Â§

1. TERRY 2. Ronaldo 3. KAKA 4. Messi 5. Aguero 6. Rooney 7. Xavi 8. Cech 9. Fabrigas 10. Yemzy

ronaldo number one no doubt! torres number 2 and messi number 3 !

I dont understand why the hell is Ronaldo 1st.. Cuz he is not even close to messi…

My list-

1.Messi

2.Fabregas(a star in the making)

3.Xavi

4.C.Ronaldo

5.Gerrard

6.Lampard

7.Iniesta

8.David Villa

9.Samuel Eto’o

10.A.Pato

11.Terry

12.Didier Drogba

13.Iker Casillas or Petr Cech

14.F.Torres

15.Ibrahimovic

I have seen that every body just luvs strikers and wingers..

but the cm’s and dm’s dont get much credit. i blive that they are better than Forwards. And most #1’s in the list is covered by messi and ronaldo only becuz they are forwards.

1 messi

2 ronaldo

3 rooney

4 kaka

5 xavi

Everyone who votes C. Ronaldo as the best player in the world watches too much Youtube and has never actually seen him play. He is a good player, but hell fall over if someone in the crowd sneezes. He deserves no respect for that.

1.Messi

2.Casillas

3.Rooney

4.Terry

5.Kaka

6.Schweinsteiger

7.Muller

8.Robben

9.Puyol

10.Zlatan

I cant believe none of you guys included the #1 fullback in the world……Phillip Lahm. Anyways

1.Messi

2.Xavi

3.Torres(when hes in good form)

4.Lahm

5.Robben

6.Iniesta

7.Rooney

8.Villa

9.Ribery

10.Drogba

think this it would be the best midfielder

and i quote steven gerrard

everyone is forgetting about robben

where is wayne rooney

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