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.