If there’s one thing football fans love in this world, it’s a debate.


You won’t be able to go to a pub on a Saturday afternoon and not hear a fan from one club telling a fan from another club that their players are better.

So, to try and settle this one and for all, the team over at FourFourTwo have ranked the 100 best players from the 21st century.

The list is going to cause some controversy, and ironically, probably even more debate, so let’s jump right into it and not waste any more of your time.

The list of footballers ranked from 81st to 100th is rather interesting, with a mix of some current players, as well as some top stars from yesteryear, as can be seen below.

Interestingly, six out of the 20 players ranked from 81 to 100 either currently play for Man United, or have played for Man United in the past, just going to show the dominance of the Red Devils since 2000.

100. Trent Alexander-Arnold
99. Miroslav Klose
98. Rivaldo
97. Luca Toni
96. David De Gea
95. Deco
94. Javier Zanetti
93. Mesut Ozil
92. Edwin van der Sar
91. Carlos Tevez
90. Arturo Vidal
89. Hernan Crespo
88. Thibaut Courtois
87. Thiago Silva
86. Juan Roman Riquelme
85. Fernando Torres
84. Henrik Larsson
83. Raphael Varane
82. Raheem Sterling
81. Ryan Giggs

The next 20 names also make for some rather interesting reading, with 11 of the players ranked, such as Mohamed Salah and Harry Kane, still plying their trade in the Premier League at the moment.

80. Alexis Sanchez
79. Edinson Cavani
78. Ivan Rakitic
77. Harry Kane
76. N’Golo Kante
75. Kylian Mbappe
74. Jan Oblak
73. David Silva
72. Alessandro Nesta
71. Wesley Sneijder
70. Cesc Fabregas
69. Fabio Cannavaro
68. Mohamed Salah
67. Raul
66. Bastian Schweinsteiger
65. Cafu
64. Marcelo
63. David Beckham
62. Ruud van Nistelrooy
61. Paolo Maldini

There is often a debate about who is the better Premier League centre-back, between Nemanja Vidic, Virgil van Dijk and John Terry, but FourFourTwo has solved that, by putting them in 60th, 54th and 44th places respectively.

The list also shows the recent dominance of Man City, with three of the names ranked from 41st to 60th having lined up for the blue half of Manchester.

60. Nemanja Vidic
59. David Villa
58. Eden Hazard
57. Roberto Carlos
56. Paul Scholes
55. Angel Di Maria
54. Virgil van Dijk
53. Michael Ballack
52. Radamel Falcao
51. Antoine Griezmann
50. Petr Cech
49. Pavel Nedved
48. Xabi Alonso
47. Kevin de Bruyne
46. Carlos Puyol
45. Yaya Toure
44. John Terry
43. Toni Kroos
42. Luis Figo
41. Vincent Kompany

The next 15 names, ranked from 26th to 40th also feature some incredible talents, with the likes of Didier Drogba, Sergio Aguero and Gareth Bale.

This portion also features a strong Chelsea contingency, with four of the 15 names featured having played for the London outfit.

40. Didier Drogba
39. Frank Ribery
38. Francesco Totti
37. Patrick Vieira
36. Frank Lampard
35. Gianluigi Buffon
34. Claude Makelee
33. Andrea Pirlo
32. Rio Ferdinand
31. Andriy Shevchenko
30. Sergio Busquets
29. Gareth Bale
28. Robert Lewandowski
27. Iker Casillas
26. Sergio Aguero

Now, we’re getting into the business end of things, with the players between 11 and 25 being ranked, so expect to see some of the very best to ever step onto a pitch, with eight of the 15 still playing to this day.

25. Neymar
24. Gerard Pique
23. Ashley Cole
22. Arjen Robben
21. Steven Gerrard
20. Thomas Muller
19. Sergio Ramos
18. Philipp Lahm
17. Ronaldo (R9)
16. Wayne Rooney
15. Samuel Eto’o
14. Luka Modric
13. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
12. Dani Alves
11. Karim Benzema

The final ten will also likely cause a stir, particularly amongst the Team Messi and Team Ronaldo fans.

Also, such as been the dominance of Spanish football over the last 21 years, that only one of the players in the top ten (Manuel Neuer) didn’t play for either Real Madrid or Barcelona.

10. Luis Suarez
9. Kaka
8. Manuel Neuer
7. Thierry Henry
6. Zinedine Zidane
5. Ronaldinho
4. Xavi
3. Andres Iniesta
2. Cristiano Ronaldo
1. Lionel Messi

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