Cristiano Ronaldo quitte la Juventus tôt après l'explosion de Maurizio Sarri

0

Cristiano Ronaldo a quitté la Juventus Stadium avant le coup de sifflet final, irrité par la décision de Maurizio Sarri de l'emporter contre le Milan AC.

L'attaquant portugais a été retiré à la 55e minute du match et paraissait perdu. murmura quelque chose dans la direction de Sarri alors qu'il sortait, visiblement contrarié par la décision.

Sarri suggéra qu'un problème de genou persistant était responsable des remplacements, et que le club "devait remercier" Ronaldo de l'avoir combattu.

    

            
              
                
                
                  

  
  
  

  
  
  
  

                
              
            

            
            

  
  Téléchargez la nouvelle application Premium Indpendent
  

Partage de l'histoire complète, pas seulement des titres

  Télécharger maintenant

          
            
    

«Nous devons remercier Ronaldo, car il s'est sacrifié pour être présent ce soir dans une situation difficile. Il a fait tout son possible pour jouer, mais j'ai vu qu'il n'allait pas bien et j'ai pensé qu'il valait mieux l'enlever ", a déclaré Sarri à Sky Sport Italia.

" Il est naturel que le joueur soit irrité de quitter le terrain, en particulier quand il a travaillé si dur pour être là. Au cours du dernier mois, il a eu ce petit problème de genou, il a eu un coup à la formation et ça a fait mal au ligament collatéral. Lorsqu'il s'entraîne à haute intensité ou qu'il joue, cela le déséquilibre et finit par surcompenser, ce qui endommage les muscles du mollet et de la cuisse.

    

            
              
                
                
                  

  
  
  
  

                
              
            

            
            
          
            
        
            
    

    
        
    
    la gauche
    Créé avec Sketch.
    
        
        
            
            
            
        
    
    
        
            
                
                    
                    
                        
                        
                    
                
            
        
    

        
    
    droite
    Créé avec Sketch.
    
        
        
            
            
            
        
    
    
        
            
                
                    
                    
                        
                        
                    
                
            
        
    

        
    
    

    
    
    
    
        
        
            
            
                
                
                
                    1/101 Le compte à rebours du siècle
                    
                    

Cette semaine, The Independent décompte les 100 plus grands joueurs du 21ème siècle. Nous dévoilerons 20 joueurs par jour, ainsi que ceux qui se sont classés entre 100 et 21%.

                    
                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    2/101 100. Yaya Touré
                    
                    

Un milieu de terrain brillant qui avait tout: habileté, ténacité, puissance, buts, énergie. Ses capacités défensives l'ont mis en évidence à Barcelone avant que ses prouesses offensives ne lui confèrent une telle arme pour Manchester City. Il a remporté deux ligues, trois ligues principales et une Ligue des champions, a été capitaine de la Côte d'Ivoire pour la Coupe d'Afrique des Nations et a été nommé joueur africain de l'année à quatre reprises. LO

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    3/101 99. Harry Kane
                    
                    

Ses statistiques brutes sont simplement phénoménales. Tottenham Hotspur a inscrit 130 buts en Premier League, en 186 matches seulement. 27 sur 42 pour l'Angleterre. Deux fois vainqueur de la Premier League Golden Boot. Vainqueur de la Coupe du Monde Golden Boot. Talisman de Tottenham. Capitaine de l’Angleterre. Et encore à peine 26 ans. Dans 10 ans, attendez-vous à voir Kane parmi les 20 premiers d’une liste similaire. LB

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    4/101 98. Daniele De Rossi
                    
                    

Homme dur au milieu de terrain férocement compétitif et combatif, il a fait plus de 600 apparitions pour sa bien-aimée Roma et plus de 100 pour son équipe nationale. Un milieu de terrain complet, qui pourrait, dans un passage du jeu, remporter le ballon, courir en avant et libérer un coéquipier avec une passe précise ou se marquer lui-même. Et ne vous fiez pas à sa réputation de combustible: en 2016, il a placé sa précieuse médaille du vainqueur de la Coupe du Monde dans le cercueil de Pietro Lombardi, l’équipier italien du tournoi. LB

AFP / Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    5/101 97. Bastian Schweinsteiger
                    
                    

L'allemand méticuleux a orchestré le milieu de terrain du Bayern Munich avec huit titres en Bundesliga et une Ligue des champions, faisant plus de 500 apparitions pour le club. Il était également l'un des leaders de la campagne allemande vainqueur de la Coupe du monde 2014 et portait une aura au centre du terrain que peu de joueurs peuvent prétendre avoir répliqué. TK

Bongarts / Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    6/101 96. Vincent Kompany
                    
                    

Il est difficile de définir son importance pour Manchester City et la Belgique, mais on peut affirmer qu’il est l’un des joueurs les plus importants de la génération. Il pourrait bien y avoir une poignée d'arrière-centres techniquement meilleurs, mais ses intangibles étaient essentiels à la culture du club et du pays où il n'y avait pas hérité de victoire auparavant. JR

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    7/101 95. Karim Benzema
                    
                    

L'un des rares attaquants de cette liste à pouvoir prétendre véritablement être un attaquant complet, capable de jouer un jeu de liaison profond ou central, profond ou sur l'épaule du dernier défenseur, avec la capacité de détecter des buts et des buts décousus. beautés aussi. Son parcours de médaille parle de lui-même et il approche 300 objectifs de carrière. Sans ses relations tendues avec l’équipe de France, il aurait marqué encore plus. LO

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    8/101 94. Sol Campbell
                    
                    

Battement de cœur de la défense d'Arsenal lors de la saison des Invincibles, double vainqueur en 2002 et pilier de l'équipe anglaise pendant près de dix ans, Campbell est l'une des figures défensives déterminantes de l'époque de la Premier League. TK

AFP / Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    9/101 93. Pepe
                    
                    

L’un des grands méchants du jeu, mais un défenseur central vilain et dur qui figurerait parmi les meilleurs défenseurs de la liste des défenseurs contre lesquels il aimerait le moins jouer. Alors que son courage et sa détermination se démarquent, personne ne dure une décennie au Bernabeu sans posséder une qualité exceptionnelle, avec trois titres en Liga (qui a échappé au club depuis son départ) et autant de ligues de champions, Zinedine Zidane serait sage d’acquérir un titre similaire. joueur maintenant. JR

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    10/101 92. Edwin van der Sar
                    
                    

Le vainqueur à quatre reprises de la Premier League a fait plus de 300 apparitions en Angleterre et a pris l'habitude de s'épanouir sous la pression, remportant le titre d'homme du match lors de la victoire finale de la Champions League à Manchester United en 2008. TK

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    11/101 91. Arturo Vidal
                    
                    

Seuls les meilleurs joueurs du monde bénéficient de longs et fructueux relais dans des clubs tels que la Juventus, le Bayern Munich et Barcelone. Il Guerriero a évolué pour devenir un magnifique milieu de terrain offensif, agressif et dominant au milieu du terrain mais tout aussi efficace en arrivant tard dans la surface pour compléter ses attaques. Un héros dans son Chili natal pour son rôle dans la victoire de la Copa América en 2015. LB

Bongarts / Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    12/101 90. Angel di Maria
                    
                    

Un acteur clé de la glorieuse équipe du Real Madrid, qui a remporté la Liga en 2011/12 et la Ligue des champions deux saisons plus tard. Considéré comme un flop quand il a quitté Manchester United après seulement une saison misérable, l'Argentin s'est complètement réinventé à Paris Saint-Germain, l'attraction phare de l'une des équipes les plus chères jamais rassemblées, contenant des personnages comme Neymar, Kylian Mbappé et Edinson. Cavani. LB

AFP / Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    13/101 89. Diego Forlan
                    
                    

Personnage amusant à ses débuts en Premier League à Manchester United, Forlan a eu le dernier mot avec une brillante carrière à la fois avec l'Uruguay et en Espagne, où il a marqué deux buts pour Villarreal et Atletico Madrid. le soulier d'or européen. LO

AFP / Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    14/101 88. Radamel Falcao
                    
                    

Dans sa pompe, Falcao était probablement le meilleur attaquant de la planète. Au cours d'une période prolifique de quatre ans à Porto et à l'Atletico Madrid, il a marqué 142 buts en 178 matchs. Sans blessures, sa carrière ne fait pas de doute, il ne fait aucun doute que le recordman colombien serait bien plus élevé dans cette liste. LO

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    15/101 87. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
                    
                    

Depuis deux saisons, il a excellé dans un club très médiocre d'Arsenal, marquant à un taux supérieur à celui d'un but tous les deux matchs d'un club en difficulté depuis le départ d'Arsène Wenger. Mais c’est principalement pour ses réalisations au Borussia Dortmund qu’il fait cette liste. Il a marqué près de 150 buts en Bundesliga pour cette équipe merveilleusement offensive – dont 31 en une saison – remportant le titre de joueur de l’année en Bundesliga et celui de meilleur buteur. Peu de buteurs ont été aussi rapides et décisifs devant les buts au cours des deux dernières décennies. LB

Bongarts / Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    16/101 86. Robin Van Persie
                    
                    

L'un des meilleurs joueurs de gauche dans l'histoire de la Premier League a honoré deux de ses clubs les plus vénérés, devenant une star à la fois d'Arsenal et de Manchester United. Le Néerlandais avait un penchant pour le spectaculaire mais souffrait de blessures, et c'est un signe de ce qui aurait pu être que lors des deux saisons de Premier League, il a joué plus de 30 matchs, il a remporté le Soulier d'or dans les deux. LO

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    17/101 85. Carlos Tevez
                    
                    

Un véritable ennemi d'un attaquant qui a prospéré dans les atmosphères les plus chaudes et a régulièrement surmonté l'adversité. Il a également marqué beaucoup, 116 buts en huit saisons en United, City et Juventus (qui ont probablement tous apprécié le meilleur de Tévez), mais c'est la façon dont il a déclenché ses coéquipiers en forçant la première erreur ou en provoquant des contre-attaques qui en ont réellement fait joueur précieux. JR

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    18/101 84. Gaizka Mendieta
                    
                    

Le maestro du milieu de terrain maîtrisait et décidait des matches. Il était au cœur de la brillante équipe de Valence, qui avait atteint les finales consécutives de la Ligue des champions en 2000 et 2001. Il devint l'un des joueurs les plus chers de tous les temps. quand il passa à la Lazio, il n'atteindra plus jamais les hauteurs qui en firent une légende au Mestalla. LO

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    19/101 83. Virgil van Dijk
                    
                    

Le talisman défensif jeta un sort de leadership sur l'équipe vainqueur de la Ligue des champions de 2019 à Liverpool et passa toute la campagne sans être dépassé. Peu de défenseurs ont récemment exercé une telle influence sur un parti. TK

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    20/101 82. Hernan Crespo
                    
                    

L'un des meilleurs finisseurs de toute une génération, mais peut-être que sa meilleure qualité était son mouvement; en particulier dans la surface, où personne n'était plus mortel pour trouver un espace d'espace et punir ses adversaires. Fort et une menace aérienne, il était peut-être malheureux de suivre Gabriel Batistuta avec l'Argentine, sinon il aurait été encore plus apprécié. Certainement aussi talentueux que Sergio Aguero et avec peut-être plus de sang-froid dans les plus grandes occasions – un joueur sous-estimé. JR

AFP / Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    21/101 81. Rio Ferdinand
                    
                    

Un bijou d'arrière central, qui était peut-être en avance sur son temps, il aurait encore plus de valeur en raison de sa polyvalence pour s'épanouir sous n'importe quel manager, peu importe la philosophie ou le style de jeu. Devenu un vrai vainqueur et leader à United, il a formé l’un des plus grands partenariats de l’histoire du football international aux côtés de John Terry et de l’Angleterre – qui aurait évidemment dû faire beaucoup plus avec une fondation aussi exceptionnelle pour leur équipe. JR

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    22/101 80. Toni Kroos
                    
                    

Un métronome au milieu, l'un des meilleurs passeurs du monde du football et le cœur palpitant de nombreuses équipes très performantes, notamment la victoire de la Coupe du Monde en Allemagne en 2014. Quatre couronnes clés: un rouage clé Car le Bayern Munich et le Real Madrid soulignent sa qualité, mais si vous critiquez, c’est qu’il a toujours semblé que d’autres en faisaient plus autour de lui. HLC

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    23/101 79. Juan Roman Riquelme
                    
                    

N ° 10 traditionnel qui qualifiait inutilement le «nouveau Maradona» quand il commença à mettre le feu à la Division Primeira avec Boca Juniors. Son transfert à Barcelone en 2002 avec 10 millions de livres ne s'est pas exactement déroulé comme prévu – un autre Argentin talentueux s'apprêtant à s'intégrer dans le folklore des clubs -, mais Riquelme s'est imposé en Espagne avec Villarreal sous la direction de Manuel Pellegrini. Un véritable artiste qui a brillé dans un rôle de meneur de jeu avancé, avant de s’enfoncer plus profondément dans le milieu de terrain alors que ses jambes vieillissantes perdaient leur allure. LB

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    24/101 78. Thomas Muller
                    
                    

Muller a marqué des buts importants pour le Bayern Munich et l'Allemagne tout au long de sa carrière. L’attaquant malhonnête a marqué près de 250 buts combinés pour le club et le pays, ce qui a permis au Bayern de remporter huit titres en Bundesliga et une seule Ligue des Champions et Coupe du Monde des clubs. Muller ne sera pas le dernier joueur à exceller avec le Bayern et l’Allemagne, mais il pourrait bien être le dernier type de ce type de joueur, plaçant l’importance du timing et de l’espace au-dessus de tout le reste du match. KV

Bongarts / Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    25/101 77. Mohamed Salah
                    
                    

Le "roi égyptien" est devenu l'un des attaquants les plus redoutés dans le monde du football mondial depuis son arrivée à Liverpool en 2017. Après une période torride à Chelsea, le second passage de Salah en Angleterre a marqué l'histoire de la Premier League. a inscrit 32 buts en 36 matchs de championnat. Premier buteur incontesté de Premier League en 2018 et co-vainqueur de la saison dernière, personne ne se moque plus des 35 millions de £ que Liverpool a payés pour lui il y a deux ans. KV

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    26/101 76. Diego Godin
                    
                    

Le genre de défenseur que tout le monde veut dans son équipe et que personne ne veut se faire affronter. Godin est dur, totalement engagé et totalement intrépide. Au sommet de ses pouvoirs lorsque l'Atletico Madrid a remporté la Liga, il était probablement le meilleur défenseur du moment. LO

AFP / Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    27/101 75. David Silva
                    
                    

Un maestro de milieu de terrain capable de jouer le jeu à son rythme; accélérez et ralentissez tout en brossant un tableau au milieu de l'action frénétique des matchs de Premier League. Silva n'a jamais été troublé et on peut toujours compter sur lui pour se tenir debout dans les moments les plus opportuns, pierre angulaire de l'ère de Manchester City et candidat du meilleur joueur de tous les temps, en dépit de l'argent dépensé par diverses autres superstars. JR

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    28/101 74. Eden Hazard
                    
                    

Une telle qualité dans les espaces restreints et une capacité presque incomparable à dribbler à la vitesse supérieure, Hazard est capable de la vraie magie, avec ses meilleures saisons de Premier League propulsant Chelsea à deux titres et gagnant. Il y a eu bien sûr d'autres années de jachère, mais à son meilleur, Hazard a été magnifique, notamment en aidant Lille à remporter la gloire de la Ligue 1 en 2010-11. HLC

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    29/101 73. Cesc Fabregas
                    
                    

Fondateur d’Arsene Wenger après le transfert d’Arsenal à l’Emirates Stadium, Fabregas associe sa vision à une réelle capacité de marquer des buts et à s’imposer comme l’un des milieux de terrain les plus complets et passionnants au monde. Les trophées à la mesure de la capacité du meneur de jeu à choisir précisément les attaquants ne sont pas venus au nord de Londres, mais deux titres de Premier League avec Chelsea après son déménagement de rêve à Barcelone n’ont pas été à la hauteur des attentes, n’étaient que des récompenses pour le milieu de terrain. Néanmoins, il remporte toujours la Liga et la Copa del Rey en Espagne et fait partie des équipes qui ont remporté les Euros 2008 et 2012, ainsi que la Coupe du monde 2010. KV

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    30/101 72. Déco
                    
                    

Un joueur à la maison de n'importe quelle époque qui s'est épanoui sous Jose Mourinho, pas une fois mais deux fois. Chez lui, au No 10 Deco, les matches pour Porto et pour Chelsea ont été contrôlés sans effort. C'est un rouage essentiel pour deux des plus grandes équipes du Special One. BB

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    31/101 71. Lilian Thuram
                    
                    

Profite des meilleures années de sa carrière historique au tout début du XXIe siècle, après avoir déménagé de Parme à la Juventus en double transfert avec Gianluigi Buffon. S'engage dans un partenariat défensif formidable avec Igor Tudor ainsi que Fabio Cannavaro, avant une fin de carrière à Barcelone. Il a également remporté le Championnat d'Europe avec la France en 2000. C'est un défenseur impérieux, qui lutte maintenant sans relâche contre le racisme dans le football et dans la société. LB

AFP / Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    32/101 70. Nemanja Vidic
                    
                    

Guerrier. Dur comme n'importe quel centre-centre de la Premier League, totémique parfois et pilier de la constance pour Manchester United. Indomptable dans les airs, son partenariat avec Rio Ferdinand est peut-être le meilleur football anglais de ce siècle, contrastant dans les styles mais avec une compréhension innée des capacités de chacun. Superbe chef pour démarrer. HLC

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    33/101 69. Marcelo
                    
                    

Le Brésilien est reconnu comme l’un des meilleurs arrières latéraux du football mondial et il est l’un des joueurs les plus réguliers du Real Madrid depuis plusieurs années. Arrivé au Santiago Bernabeu en tant que jeune homme nerveux de 19 ans, Marcelo a mérité sa réputation de successeur de Roberto Carlos au niveau des clubs et au niveau international, aussi susceptible de donner une croix qu'il en frappe de l'extérieur avec audace. la surface de réparation. Le record du trophée de Marcelo est une lecture agréable, après avoir remporté quatre victoires consécutives en Ligue des champions ainsi que quatre titres en Liga et en Coupe du monde des clubs. KV

AFP / Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    34/101 68. Ryan Giggs
                    
                    

Bien que l’on puisse dire que ses moments les plus captivants remontent au tournant du millénaire, la longévité de Giggs est remarquable, elle ne s’efface jamais vraiment de la première équipe à Old Trafford alors que les étincelles les plus brillantes vont et viennent. Évolué au fur et à mesure que le football évoluait, passant de la filière adolescente à un crosser cultivé, les jambes ralentissaient. Sept titres de Premier League après 2000, un titre de joueur de l'année PFA et la personnalité sportive de l'année 2009. HLC

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    35/101 67. Antoine Griezmann
                    
                    

Un attaquant très moderne, adepte de la ligne offensive et d'un vrai joueur d'équipe, toujours prêt à défendre de face. Mais c’est finalement pour sa capacité devant le but qu’il obtient sa place sur cette liste. Une révélation à l'Atlético Madrid et une importance égale pour les champions du monde: Griezmann était le meilleur buteur alors que la France finissait deuxième du classement à l'Eurp 2016 avant de jouer un rôle de premier plan dans leur triomphe deux ans plus tard à Moscou. LB

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    36/101 66. Clarence Seedorf
                    
                    

Seedorf connut une grande longévité tout au long de sa carrière divisée en deux décennies. Ce dernier, passé en Italie, gagne facilement sa place ici après avoir glissé sur le terrain pour l'AC Milan. Il a brillé au diamant de Carlo Ancelotti pour remporter deux titres en Ligue des champions – en remportant quatre au total et en devenant le seul joueur à remporter la compétition. trois côtés différents. JR

AFP / Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    37/101 65. Wesley Sneijder
                    
                    

Sneijder remporte les titres de champion en Espagne, en Italie, en Turquie et aux Pays-Bas, ainsi que dans la Ligue des champions avec l'Inter Milan de Jose Mourinho. Il mène une brillante carrière internationale pour devenir le joueur néerlandais le plus capé de tous les temps. Mais le souvenir impérissable est simplement dû à sa grâce naturelle sur le terrain, glissant sur le terrain avant de faire son apparition pour changer n'importe quel jeu en un instant. LO

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    38/101 64. Gabriel Batistuta
                    
                    

Batistuta est l'un des meilleurs buteurs de l'histoire du football italien. Il reste le meilleur buteur de la Fiorentina en Serie A, après avoir passé la majeure partie de sa carrière à Florence avant de s’installer à Rome où il a finalement remporté le titre. Il est le seul footballeur à avoir jamais réussi un tour du chapeau lors de deux Coupes du monde distinctes. LO

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    39/101 63. Fernando Torres
                    
                    

Un capitaine de l'Atletico à 18 ans, El Nino, était destiné à la grandeur depuis ses années de formation. Alors qu'il n'a peut-être jamais atteint ces hauteurs assez longtemps, sa carrière à Liverpool, où il a torturé les meilleurs, notamment Nemanja Vidic à Old Trafford, l'a vu devenir facilement le No 9 le plus craint de la planète. Ajoutez une couronne mondiale et deux titres européens et vous avez un joueur qui gagne plus que sa place ici. BB

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    40/101 62. Ruud Van Nistelrooy
                    
                    

Peut-être le braconnier le plus naturel du compte à rebours, Van Nistelrooy a mis fin à sa carrière avec un but supérieur à un but tous les deux matchs et s'est beaucoup amélioré grâce à ses meilleures années avec le PSV, Manchester United et le Real Madrid. Le plus remarquable a été son talent au plus haut niveau, trois fois terminant une saison en tant que meilleur buteur de la Ligue des champions. Des différends avec des dirigeants néerlandais ont entravé une carrière internationale qui aurait pu le propulser plus haut dans la liste. LO

AFP / Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    41/101 61. Claude Makélélé
                    
                    

Peu de personnes sur cette liste peuvent affirmer avoir redéfini leur position, mais le petit magicien français l'a justement fait. Le rôle de Makelele restera dans les annales de tous les joueurs défensifs, mais peu d’entre eux se vantent depuis de l’intelligence footballistique et de la discipline de position de l’homme qui a inventé son nom. Un joueur bien au-delà de son époque. BB

Bongarts / Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    42/101 60. Sergio Aguero
                    
                    

Une série ininterrompue de buts, incitant Manchester City à remporter quatre titres en Premier League, adaptant son jeu au style de Pep Guardiola et résistant aux défis d'une flotte de temporaires de classe mondiale, l'Argentin pourrait encore terminer sa carrière comme le plus grand attaquant dans l'histoire anglaise. TK

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    43/101 59. Cafu
                    
                    

Bien plus de 10 ans après sa retraite, quiconque ressemblait à un arrière droit utilisable est encore connu sous le nom anglais, écossais ou gallois, ce qui témoigne d'une brillante carrière au cours de laquelle il a redéfini ce que l'on attendait de son poste. Arrière droit dynamique et offensif, il était également un leader estimé et a été capitaine de son pays pour la Coupe du Monde avec une classe typique en 2002. Tous ceux qui se souviendront de nous comme d’un des plus grands joueurs du Brésil méritent amplement cette liste. BB

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    44/101 58. Miroslav Klose
                    
                    

Seule Marta a marqué plus de buts en Coupe du monde que Klose et son record suprême au niveau international avec l'Allemagne lui permet de gagner sa place ici. L’archétype de la cible visait rarement ailleurs que dans la surface, mais il s’est imposé dans une zone de 18 verges dans une carrière bien remplie qui lui a permis de marquer plus de buts pour l’Allemagne que quiconque auparavant ou depuis. BB

Bongarts / Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    45/101 57. Kevin de Bruyne
                    
                    

Maestro et maréchal au cœur du milieu de terrain de Manchester City, le Belge est l'un des joueurs les plus inventifs, tactiquement astucieux et complets pour orner la Premier League. Il a remporté deux titres de champion consécutifs, une FA Cup et de nombreuses récompenses individuelles. Seules ses blessures l'ont empêché de continuer à exercer son influence. TK

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    46/101 56. Henrik Larsson
                    
                    

Le Suédois a marqué des buts pour son club local, Helsingborg, à ses débuts, et ne s'est jamais vraiment arrêté jusqu'à ce qu'il se retire dans son équipe d'enfance. Entre temps, il s'est aventuré à écrire l'histoire avec le Celtic, à remporter la Ligue des champions à Barcelone et à faire un camée mémorable à Manchester United. Son apogée a été la saison après sa fracture à la jambe, quand il est revenu si déterminé à rattraper le temps perdu qu’il a remporté le Soulier d’or européen. LO

AFP / Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    47/101 55. Xabi Alonso
                    
                    

Si Roger Federer était un footballeur, il aurait peut-être ressemblé à Xabi Alonso: majestueux, composé et précis, jouant avec une baguette tout en transpirant à peine. Les fans de Liverpool l'adorent toujours, tout comme les autres. Il était sous-estimé, sauf ses buts à mi-parcours, et cela faisait partie de son charme, redéfinissant ce que pouvait être un joueur titulaire, et il a tout gagné: Ligue des Champions, La Liga, Bundesliga, Championnats d'Europe et Coupe du Monde. LO

Bongarts / Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    48/101 54. Dennis Bergkamp
                    
                    

Le joueur qui a amené la Premier League à l'apogée de la grâce technique et artistique, le Néerlandais a été synonyme de moments d'ingéniosité impensable et de contacts hors du monde alors qu'il tirait les ficelles offensives de la campagne 2002 à double victoire d'Arsenal et des Invincibles. saison. TK

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    49/101 53. Gareth Bale
                    
                    

La carrière professionnelle de Bale commence terriblement mal. Tottenham connaît une série de victoires sans victoire, mais une fois qu’il commence à gagner, il s’arrête à peine. La transformation de son ailier défensif en joueur de galavant l'a amené à l'attention de la Premier League et sa destruction de Maicon au San Siro l'a présenté au monde (et l'a probablement effacé de cette liste). Trois victoires consécutives en Ligue des champions, dont l'un des grands objectifs européens, et on peut affirmer que le jeune homme de Cardiff a parcouru un long chemin. LO

AFP / Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    50/101 52. Gerard Pique
                    
                    

Au cours des dix dernières années au cœur de la défense de Barcelone et sans conteste l'un des plus grands défenseurs centraux du football, l'Espagnol a tout gagné: huit titres de LaLiga, trois ligues des champions, d'innombrables coupes et leader à la fois en Coupe du Monde et en Championnats d’Europe. TK

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    51/101 51. Robert Lewandowski
                    
                    

L'un des plus grands buteurs de l'histoire de la Bundesliga après une décennie passée entre le Borussia Dortmund et le Bayern Munich, l'attaquant polonais a remporté sept titres de champion. Son CV n’a peut-être pas été aussi complet, après avoir passé tout son apogée en Allemagne, mais 60 buts en 110 matches internationaux témoignent de sa constance sans faille. TK

AFP / Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    52/101 50. Javier Zanetti
                    
                    

Un joueur dominant doté d'une grande longévité et d'une grande polyvalence. Son altruisme, son rythme de travail et son intelligence de position lui ont permis de soulever une Inter beaucoup majoritairement dysfonctionnelle au fil des ans. Mais ensuite, Jose Mourinho a proposé un système qui pourrait tirer profit des jambes et de la fiabilité de Zanetti; les aigus lui ont valu un héritage noir et bleu de 19 ans. JR

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    53/101 49. Didier Drogba
                    
                    

Même s'il y a eu de meilleurs buteurs, peu de gens ont su choisir leur meilleur moment que le grand ivoirien. À son apogée dominante, peu de joueurs pourraient le toucher comme l’un des joueurs ultimes du big game. La star de la victoire de Chelsea en Ligue des champions en 2012, Drogba, reste appréciée des fans de Blues depuis deux épisodes, alors que Jose Mourinho le considère toujours comme l’un des meilleurs avec qui il a travaillé. Vraiment le roi. BB

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    54/101 48. Michael Ballack
                    
                    

Un bon milieu de terrain, box-to-box, qui se régalerait des gros matches; dominante dans le défi au cœur du terrain et dans les deux zones. Ballack a inspiré Bayer Leverkusen à la finale de la Ligue des champions en 2002, avant trois doublés en quatre ans avec le Bayern, puis quatre honneurs majeurs avec Chelsea et une autre finale en Ligue des champions. JR

Bongarts / Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    55/101 47. Oliver Kahn
                    
                    

Figure imposante entre les bâtons, Khan était un adversaire intimidant pour les attaquants, les faisant se figer pendant le temps nécessaire pour s'offrir suffisamment de temps pour réduire les angles et éliminer le danger. Personnage légendaire du Bayern, qui compte six titres en Bundesliga au cours des 20 dernières années, il deviendrait également le leader de l'Allemagne et son finaliste de la Coupe du monde 2002 avant qu'une stratégie plus calculée ne permette à Die Mannschaft de devenir champion du monde. JR

Bongarts / Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    56/101 46. Ashley Cole
                    
                    

Rare étant l’un des véritables joueurs de classe mondiale de l’Angleterre, Cole a été le premier arrière gauche de la planète pendant une décennie. Vainqueur du titre avec Arsenal et Chelsea, ce sera peut-être la FA Cup où Cole laissera sa marque indélébile où il a remporté le record du plus vieux trophée du monde à sept reprises. On se souviendra de Cole comme l’un des joueurs les plus remarquables de son époque. BB

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    57/101 45. Pavel Nedved
                    
                    

Un joueur large passionnant, capable de trancher les adversaires en ouvrant grâce à des manches dardées et un mouvement astucieux pour donner et recevoir dans et autour de la surface. Un vainqueur du Ballon d'Or avec la Juventus et l'étincelle d'une formidable équipe de la République tchèque qui aurait dû remporter l'Euro 2004. JR

AFP / Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    58/101 44. N'Golo Kante
                    
                    

Tout en faisant son travail à un niveau exceptionnel, Kante a incité Leicester à réaliser l'impensable, permettant non seulement de créer un milieu de terrain à deux joueurs, mais également de le faire aux côtés de Danny Drinkwater pour remporter son premier titre en Premier League. De plus grandes choses l'attendraient à Chelsea, où il remportait un autre titre, puis avec la France, alors qu'il jouait dans leur deuxième victoire en Coupe du monde. Pas seulement le meilleur destroyer de milieu de terrain depuis une décennie, mais avec une qualité et une endurance sans fin pour aller de boîte en boîte, comme il l'a prouvé avec Maurizio Sarri, prouvant que de nombreuses personnes avaient tort en cours de route. JR

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    59/101 43. Kylian Mbappe
                    
                    

Le plus jeune joueur de cette liste, avec à peine une carrière à laquelle faire appel, a pourtant déjà demandé une place dans ses échelons supérieurs. Ce n’est pas seulement qu’il a marqué sans relâche pour Monaco et maintenant le PSG, remportant le titre à chaque saison de sa carrière à ce jour, ou même qu’il ait joué un rôle si important dans le triomphe de la Coupe du Monde en France. C’est parce que Mbappé fait ce que d’autres footballeurs ne font pas: couper les buts d’une équipe à l’autre, le ballon collé à ses pieds, laissant les défenseurs à la retraite. Il sera sûrement au sommet de la liste dans quelques années … LO

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    60/101 42. Alessandro Del Piero
                    
                    

Del Piero, l'un des meilleurs buteurs et buteur de tous ses buts, a été l'un des meilleurs attaquants tous azimuts jamais produits par l'Italie. Aussi doué pour marquer des buts qu’il le faisait lui-même, Del Piero a pris sa retraite en tant que leader de la sélection et de l’aspect historique de la Juve et six fois champion de Serie A. Oh, et il a aussi remporté la Coupe du monde. BB

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    61/101 41. Alessandro Nesta
                    
                    

L'un des meilleurs dans une longue tradition de défenseurs italiens, mais Nesta était différent. Il n'a jamais été pressé, jamais en colère, jamais à la recherche du ballon. Au lieu de cela, il glissait sur le terrain et capturait avec un sourire les victimes sans méfiance. Avant qu'elles ne le sachent, il était parti. À la Lazio, puis au Milan AC, il a tout gagné, y compris la Série A, la Ligue des Champions et la Coupe du Monde, mais remporter le titre de défenseur de la Serie A de l'année quatre fois de suite à partir de 2000, à une époque d'excellence en défense, vous en dit tout autant. à propos de Nesta. LO

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    62/101 40. Patrick Vieira
                    
                    

Il reste l'étalon-or pour les milieux de terrain box-to-box après avoir dominé la Premier League en tant que pivot de la plus grande équipe de tous les temps. Un joueur complet Vieira était une classe supérieure dès le départ avec son départ du nord de Londres laissant un trou qui reste à combler. BB

AFP / Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    63/101 39. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
                    
                    

Que pouvez-vous dire d’Ibrahimovic qu’il n’a pas déjà dit de lui-même? Buteur suprême dans presque un nombre incalculable de ligues, son talent d'un autre monde n'est peut-être surpassé que par son ego plus grand que nature. Bien qu'un titre en Ligue des champions lui échappe encore, il laissera un jour un héritage que peu de gens peuvent égaler. BB

Manchester United via Getty Imag

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    64/101 38. Roberto Carlos
                    
                    

Le Brésilien a sans aucun doute transformé ce que pourrait être un grand dos, en errant sans cesse, formant une aile à chaque attaque, notamment pendant son séjour au Real Madrid. On peut dire que ses meilleures années ont commencé avant le millénaire, mais la Liga et un titre de la Coupe du monde suivent toujours. But, perhaps, that’s helped by the allure to one of the most astonishing goals ever scored. TK

Bongarts/Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    65/101 37. Rivaldo
                    
                    

His dazzling best may have come just before the new millennium, but his trophy haul since the year 2000 is remarkable. He played a leading role in Brazil’s World Cup success in 2002 before an extremely profitable stint at AC Milan, during which he won the Champions League, Super Cup and Coppa Italia. And then there are the individual performances. His stunning hat-trick for Barcelona against Valencia in 2001 has yet to be surpassed, and is unlikely to be. LB

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    66/101 36. Roy Keane
                    
                    

Sir Alex Ferguson once described Keane as the embodiment of his winning attitude on the pitch and that is all the more appropriate because, if the great manager is the figure to have influenced the Premier League more than anyone, Keane is the player to have psychologically influenced the Premier League more than anyone. That really isn’t an exaggeration, not when you consider his longevity, the number of titles he won and his absolutely key role in all of them. MD

Manchester United via Getty Imag

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    67/101 35. John Terry
                    
                    

A divisive figure elsewhere Terry remains Chelsea’s favourite son after a trophy-laden near two decade run with his boyhood club. The living, breathing, life and soul of the Roman Abramovich era Terry was perhaps the best pure defender of his generation with his blend of physical gifts allied with a superhuman will to win making him nigh on unmatched at his peak. BB

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    68/101 34. Paul Scholes
                    
                    

He was never the star of Manchester United’s side, more the quiet conductor in the shadows, anchoring the midfield, flitting passes back-and-forth, flying into buzzsaw challenges. The Englishman was the anchor of 11 Premier League title-winning sides, a feat bested only by fellow ‘Fergie fledgeling’ Ryan Giggs. TK

Manchester United via Getty Imag

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    69/101 33. David Villa
                    
                    

One of the most clinical forwards of his era Villa will be remembered as one of the key figures of Pep Guardiola’s all-conquering Barcelona side. Equally as adept up front as he was out wide he went on to replace the great Raul with the Spanish national team going to become the top scorer in their history as well as being pivotal to the Euro 2008 and World Cup 2010 wins. BB

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    70/101 32. Iker Casillas
                    
                    

The man known simply as San Iker began life with Real Madrid as a nine-year old before going on to make 725 appearances for Los Blancos in a storied and success-filled career at the Bernabeu. The all-time appearance leader for Spain to boot Casillas has won every major club and international title he has participated in as a player. An all-time great. BB

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    71/101 31. Franceso Totti
                    
                    

A true oddity in modern football, the near-cult-like Italian spent 25 years at Roma, playing almost 800 games and scoring over 300 goals, as well as featuring in Italy’s 2006 World Cup-winning side. Perhaps the last true one-club man at one of Europe’s elite clubs. TK

Bongarts/Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    72/101 30. Arjen Robben
                    
                    

A mercurial talent who never truly settled in the Premier League, but for a short spell as Chelsea won the title. The flying Dutchman could turn passive possession into danger in a flash with his exceptional control when running at speed. Injuries plagued his time in England with spells at Real Madrid and Bayern establishing himself as one of the greats of his generation. JR

Bongarts/Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    73/101 29. Wayne Rooney
                    
                    

We all knew he was going to be special from the moment he stunned David Seaman from distance as a 16-year-old, ending Arsenal’s 30-match unbeaten run. A move to Manchester United followed, where he won five Premier League titles, eclipsed Sir Bobby Charlton to become the club’s all-time leading goalscorer, and formed one of the most fearsome strike forces ever seen alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez. A modern great. LO

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    74/101 28. Raul Gonzalez
                    
                    

A prolific natural finisher and one of the greatest Spanish players of all-time, somewhat overlooked due to the riches of talent that quickly followed at Barcelona, Raul was the incisive tooth in six La Liga titles and three Champions Leagues. He has made more appearances for Madrid than any other player in history and, until the arrival of Ronaldo, their highest goalscorer. TK

AFP/Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    75/101 27. Manuel Neuer
                    
                    

The towering Neuer has raised the bar for what is expected for modern shotstoppers across the globe. Widely considered to be the best goalkeeper of his generation Neuer has won the Bundesliga seven times, a World Cup once and even has a German word, Reklamierarm (the arm of objection), named after him. A modern great. BB

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    76/101 26. Paolo Maldini
                    
                    

Genuinely world class for more than two decades Maldini is remembered as one of the finest defenders in history. A right, centre and most notably left-back 25 trophies in 25 years for his boyhood club see him regarded as perhaps the greatest player in Milanese history. Upon his retirement in 2009 his No 3 shirt was retired in his honour. BB

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    77/101 25. Dani Alves
                    
                    

Possibly the greatest full back in history, and the evolution of Cafu and Roberto Carlos, the Brazilian won six La Liga titles and three Champions Leagues, before leaving for Juventus and then PSG, adding league titles with both. The complete mould of defence and attack, under the tutelage of Pep Guardiola, he remained untouchable for almost a decade. TK

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    78/101 24. Carles Puyol
                    
                    

A true titan of centre-backs, the Spaniard was the fortress at the base of Barcelona’s defence, an ever-present rock in six La Liga titles and three Champions Leagues. His influence loomed just as large on the international stage, leading Spain to a European Championship and World Cup. TK

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    79/101 23. Frank Lampard
                    
                    

A midfielder with the goalscoring record of an elite-level striker. Chelsea’s all-time leading scorer, he hit 22 in a single season in 2009/10, netting a grand total of 147 Premier League goals. Incredibly versatile, deployed everywhere across the midfield in Chelsea blue, before enjoying an unexpectedly profitable Indian Summer at Manchester City. TK

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    80/101 22. Luka Modric
                    
                    

Rarely seen in a Ballon d’Or winner it’s possible Modric remains somehow underrated with his consistent class perhaps overshadowed by the headline-grabbing achievements of those around him. A veritable genius with the ball at his feet the Croatian combines workrate with wizardry with one of the most creative football minds we’ve seen. An integral role in four Champions League wins sees his legacy as a real and lasting star already cemented. BB

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    81/101 21. Samuel Eto'o
                    
                    

Extraordinarily prolific for so very long: his electric early form at Mallorca saw him earn a move to Frank Rijkaard’s Barcelona, where he scored 130 times in just 199 appearances. Pep Guardiola took his game to another level in the 2008/09 season, before successful stints at Inter Milan, Anzhi Makhachkala and Chelsea. No player has won the African Player of the Year award more times. Only the second player in history to score in two UEFA Champions League finals. And the first player in history to win two European continental trebles. LB

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    82/101 20. Neymar
                    
                    

If this list was based on natural talent alone, nobody could argue the Brazilian’s position. His combination of skill and creativity is largely unmatched in modern football, but he has also blared with inconsistency and struggled with persistent injury. He already has two La Liga titles, two Ligue 1 titles and a Champions League to his name, but the lingering feeling remains that a large portion of his potential remains unfulfilled. TK

AFP/Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    83/101 19. Andrei Shevchenko
                    
                    

One of the most deadly strikers in European history, Shevchenko’s peak came at AC Milan where he won the Champions League in 2003 and the Ballon d’Or in 2004. Nothing displayed his supreme composure better than his Champions League-winning penalty, finally setting Milan’s battle with rivals Juventus and writing himself into San Siri folklore. LO

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    84/101 18. Steven Gerrard
                    
                    

The greatest player never to win a Premier League title? He instead remained at Liverpool, spending 17 seasons at Anfield during which he captained his side to two European titles as well as five domestic cups. An extremely versatile and well-rounded player, who completely remodeled his game as he grew older. TK

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    85/101 17. Sergio Busquets
                    
                    

The rearguarding totem who cleared the canvas for one of the greatest teams in history to flourish. The Spaniard has been a pillar of Barcelona and Spain’s sides for a decade, winning an astonishing eight La Liga titles, three Champions Leagues, the World Cup and the European Championships. TK

AFP/Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    86/101 16. Luis Suarez
                    
                    

Took a little while to hit the ground running at Anfield, but his contribution to Liverpool’s famous 2013/14 campaign will live long in the memory. The Uruguayan hit an extraordinary 31 goals in 33 matches as Liverpool went so, so close to ending their long wait for a league title. His career then scaled new heights at Barcelona, where he has won a staggering four La Liga titles and the Champions League title, in 2014/15. A complete centre forward, who worked tirelessly, assisted his team-mates and was utterly ruthless in front of goal LB

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    87/101 15. Luis Figo
                    
                    

One of the most elegant players on our list Figo didn’t ever appear to be moving at the speed of the game. Moreover the game appeared to move with him. Flashy and full of flair he was at home at some of the biggest clubs in the world. One of a select few to move between Barcelona and Real Madrid and famously paid the piggy price. BB

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    88/101 14. Philipp Lahm
                    
                    

One of the great defenders of the modern era, although defender hardly covers it. Lahm became an outstanding captain both at Bayern Munich and Germany, and became a gifted midfielder under Pep Guardiola’s coaching. A winner of eight Bundesliga titles, one Champions League and one World Cup. LO

Bongarts/Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    89/101 13. Gianluigi Buffon
                    
                    

The greatest goalkeeper of the last two decades. And probably the one before that, also. Holds numerous individual records – going unbeaten for 974 consecutive minutes during the 2015–16 season among the most impressive – and a bulging trophy cabinet including nine Serie A titles (and one Serie B), a UEFA Cup and the 2006 World Cup. The ‘personal records’ section of his Wikipedia page meanwhile extends to 933 words. That takes some doing. LB

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    90/101 12. Sergio Ramos
                    
                    

The most-capped player in Spanish history, a World and European champion and a four-time Champions League winner Ramos is loved by his own and hated even more by others. Never far from notoriety his truly appalling La Liga disciplinary record may never be matched, nor will his legacy as one of the truly great modern defenders. BB

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    91/101 11. Andrea Pirlo
                    
                    

The most stylish player on our list – both on and off the pitch – Pirlo played the game at his own pace and with more grace than almost any other ever seen. Perhaps the finest deep-lying playmaker in the history of the game Pirlo’s effortless class will surely endure. BB

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    92/101 10. Fabio Cannavaro
                    
                    

Rarely has one player so single-handedly dominated an international tournament like Fabio Cannavaro at the 2006 World Cup. He was so impressive for Italy that the nation’s media nicknamed him Il Muro di Berlino – ‘The Berlin Wall’ – for his outstanding performances in the heart of the team’s defence, as they kept five clean sheets and conceded just two goals (neither of which were from open play) en route to victory. But he also enjoyed a stellar club career, vital for both Inter Milan and Juventus before winning two La Liga titles with Real Madrid. LB

AFP/Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    93/101 9. Kaka
                    
                    

The last man to win a Ballon d’Or before Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, history will remember Kaka as one of the great dribblers with his six-foot size allied with a uncharacteristically low centre of gravity making him nigh-on unstoppable on the run. At his balletic and barracking peak, one of the world’s very best. BB

AFP/Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    94/101 8. Zinedine Zidane
                    
                    

Zinédine Zidane is perhaps the most graceful player on this list, someone who seemed to glide through matches without ever drawing sweat. Around the turn of the century, after winning Euro 2000 with France, Zidane swapped Juventus for Real Madrid where he was the ultimate Galactico, scoring one of the great Champions League final goals. LO

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    95/101 7. Thierry Henry
                    
                    

The striker who grasped the Premier League with such electric magnetism and revolutionised the epitome of a modern striker. The Frenchman won the Premier League twice, including the famed Invincibles season, but his prime still wasn’t rewarded with the trophy to match his talent. A move to Barcelona brought further baubles and a coveted Champions League, but by then his best had already begun to fade. TK

AFP/Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    96/101 6. Ronaldo
                    
                    

His light shined bright only briefly in the 21st century, but it was enough to earn a place near the very top of this list such was its brilliance. A relentless goalscorer and mesmerising dribbler, with power, pace, two feet and incredible close control that perhaps only Lionel Messi has matched since, Ronaldo will be remembered as one of the greatest forwards of all time. LO

Bongarts/Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    97/101 5. Andres Iniesta
                    
                    

Thriving in the freedom created in his childhood tandem with Xavi, the diminutive playmaker was perhaps even more influential to Barcelona and Spain’s success, revving the tempo of Barcelona’s all-conquering side, unlocking defences with ingenious control and vision. He is the most decorated player in Spanish history, with nine La Liga titles, four Champions Leagues, two European Championships and World Cup. TK

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    98/101 4. Ronaldinho
                    
                    

A player of outrageous God-given gifts Ronaldinho enthralled and enchanted all that witnessed him over a spellbinding career that saw him grace some of the world’s biggest clubs. His toothy, child-like grin belied a footballer who just wanted to play, few before him or since can do what he could do. A genius. BB

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    99/101 3. Xavi Hernandez
                    
                    

The greatest Spanish player of all-time and, perhaps, the greatest passer of a ball too. Xavi was the metronome and all-seeing eye at the centre of Barcelona and Spain’s rampant success, playing conductor and orchestra to eight La Liga titles, four Champions Leagues, two European Championships and the star of the 2010 World Cup. TK

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    100/101 2. Cristiano Ronaldo
                    
                    

The boy who sparkled at Sporting became a man at Manchester United and a god at Real Madrid. He set his sights on greatness and hasn’t stopped working since, and now his record speaks for itself: Five Ballon d’Ors, five Champions Leagues, six league titles, one European Championship, 700 career goals – and counting. LO

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
                
                
                
                    101/101 1. Lionel Messi
                    
                    Lionel Messi has made the utterly remarkable utterly routine. You only have to watch him in any given match. Messi produces so many pieces of play that would be the highlight of anyone else’s career if they were capable of them. For him, they’re just another moment of a game. It is almost an extra-sensory next level. Some statistics, should you need them: Messi has won 10 (TEN) La Liga titles. Six Copa del Reys. Eight Supercopas. Four Champions League titles. Three Super Cups. And three Club World Cups. He has a gravitational effect on an entire match, to a greater degree than anyone else. The qualities of his talents mean he is always in the centre, dictating, driving.

He’s every where. He is the standard. He is football. MD

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
        
        
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    1/101 The Century countdown
                    
                    

This week, The Independent is counting down the 100 greatest players of the 21st century. We will be revealing 20 players per day, today revealing the players who placed 100-21.

                    
                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    2/101 100. Yaya Toure
                    
                    

A brilliant midfielder who had everything: skill, tenacity, power, goals, energy. His defensive capabilities brought him to the fore at Barcelona before his attacking prowess made him such a weapon for Manchester City. He won two Ligas, three Premier Leagues, one Champions League, captained Ivory Coast to the Africa Cup of Nations and was African Player of the Year four times. LO

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    3/101 99. Harry Kane
                    
                    

His raw statistics are simply phenomenal. 130 Premier League goals for Tottenham Hotspur, in just 186 appearances. 27 in 42 for England. Twice a Premier League Golden Boot winner. A World Cup Golden Boot winner. Tottenham’s talisman. England’s captain. And still just 26 years old. In 10 years’ time, expect to see Kane in the top 20 of a similar list. LB

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    4/101 98. Daniele De Rossi
                    
                    

A ferociously competitive and combative midfield hard man, who made over 600 appearances for his beloved Roma and over 100 for his national team. A complete midfielder, who could in one passage of play win the ball, race forward and either release a team-mate with a pinpoint pass or score himself. And do not be fooled by his combustible reputation: in 2016, he placed his treasured World Cup winner's medal in the coffin of Pietro Lombardi, Italy’s kit man at the tournament. LB

AFP/Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                
                
                
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    5/101 97. Bastian Schweinsteiger
                    
                    

The meticulous German orchestrated Bayern Munich's midfield to eight Bundesliga titles and a Champions League, making over 500 appearances for the club. He was also one of the leaders in Germany's 2014 World Cup-winning campaign and carried an aura in the centre of the pitch few players can claim to have replicated. TK

Bongarts/Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    6/101 96. Vincent Kompany
                    
                    

It’s difficult to define his importance to both Manchester City and Belgium but it’s safe to say he was one of the most important players of a generation. There may well be a handful of technically better centre-backs but his intangibles were vital to the culture at club and country where there was not a legacy of winning previously. JR

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    7/101 95. Karim Benzema
                    
                    

One of the few strikers on this list who can truly claim to be the complete forward, able to play wide or central, deep linking play or on the shoulder of the last defender, with the ability to sniff out scrappy goals and score beauties too. His medal haul speaks for itself, and he is approaching 300 career goals. But for his strained relationship with the French national team, he would have scored even more. LO

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    8/101 94. Sol Campbell
                    
                    

The heartbeat of Arsenal's defence in the Invincibles season, a double-winner in 2002 and a mainstay of the England team for almost a decade, Campbell is one of the defining defensive figures of the Premier League era. TK

AFP/Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                
                
                
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    9/101 93. Pepe
                    
                    

One of the great villains of the game but a nasty, hard centre-back that would be very high on any great striker’s list of defenders he least wanted to play against. While his grit and determination stand out, nobody lasts a decade at the Bernabeu without possessing exceptional quality, with three La Liga titles (which has eluded the club since his departure) and as many Champions Leagues, Zinedine Zidane would be wise to acquire a similar player now. JR

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    10/101 92. Edwin van der Sar
                    
                    

The four-time Premier League winner made over 300 appearances in England and made an enduring habit of thriving under pressure, winning the man-of-the-match award in Manchester United's Champions League final victory in 2008. TK

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    11/101 91. Arturo Vidal
                    
                    

Only the finest players in the world enjoy long and fruitful stints at clubs such as Juventus, Bayern Munich and Barcelona. Il Guerriero has matured into a splendid holding midfielder, aggressive and dominant in the middle of the pitch but equally as effective arriving late into the box to complete attacks. A hero in his native Chile, for his role in the 2015 Copa América victory. LB

Bongarts/Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    12/101 90. Angel di Maria
                    
                    

A key player in the glorious Real Madrid side that won La Liga in 2011/12 and the Champions League two seasons later. Widely considered a flop when he left Manchester United after only one miserable season, but the Argentine completely reinvented himself at Paris Saint-Germain, the starring attraction in one of the most expensive squads ever assembled, containing the likes of Neymar, Kylian Mbappé and Edinson Cavani. LB

AFP/Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                
                
                
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    13/101 89. Diego Forlan
                    
                    

A figure of fun in his early Premier League days at Manchester United, Forlan went on to have the last laugh with a stellar career both internationally with Uruguay and in Spain, where he racked up goals for Villarreal and Atletico Madrid, twice winning the European Golden Shoe. LO

AFP/Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    14/101 88. Radamel Falcao
                    
                    

In his pomp Falcao was probably the best striker on the planet. In a prolific four-year spell playing for Porto and Atletico Madrid he scored 142 goals in 178 games, and had injuries not hindered his career there is little doubt that Colombia's record scorer would be much higher up this list. LO

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    15/101 87. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
                    
                    

Has excelled in a thoroughly mediocre Arsenal side for two seasons now, scoring at a rate better than a goal every other game in a side that has struggled since the departure of Arsène Wenger. But it is primarily for his achievements at Borussia Dortmund that he makes this list. He scored close to 150 Bundesliga goals for that wonderfully attacking team – including 31 in one season – winning the Bundesliga Player of the Year and Top Goalscorer awards. There have been few strikers as rapid or as decisive in front of goal in the last two decades. LB

Bongarts/Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    16/101 86. Robin Van Persie
                    
                    

One of the best left foots in Premier League history graced two of its most revered clubs, becoming a star at both Arsenal and Manchester United. The Dutchman had a penchant for the spectacular but suffered with injuries, and it is a sign of what could have been that in the two Premier League seasons he played more than 30 games, he won the Golden Boot in both. LO

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                
                
                
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    17/101 85. Carlos Tevez
                    
                    

A real pest of a striker who thrived in the hottest atmospheres and regularly overcame adversity. He scored plenty too, 116 league goals in eight seasons with United, City and Juventus (who probably all enjoyed prime Tevez), but it was the way he would trigger his teammates by forcing the first mistake or sparking counterattacks that really made him such an invaluable player. JR

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    18/101 84. Gaizka Mendieta
                    
                    

The midfield maestro could control games and decide them too, and was at the heart of the brilliant Valencia team which reached back-to-back Champions League finals in 2000 and 2001. He became one of the most expensive players of all time when he switched to Lazio, but he would never again reach the heights that made him a legend at the Mestalla. LO

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    19/101 83. Virgil van Dijk
                    
                    

The defensive talisman cast a spell of leadership over Liverpool's 2019 Champions League-winning side and went the entire campaign without being dribbled past. Few defenders have carried such an overarching influence on any side in recent memory. TK

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    20/101 82. Hernan Crespo
                    
                    

One of the finest finishers of a generation but perhaps his best quality was his movement; particularly in the box, where nobody was more lethal at finding a yard of space and punishing opponents. Strong and an aerial threat, he was perhaps unfortunate to follow Gabriel Batistuta with Argentina, otherwise he would have been appreciated even more. Certainly as talented as Sergio Aguero and with perhaps more composure in the biggest occasions – an underrated player. JR

AFP/Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                
                
                
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    21/101 81. Rio Ferdinand
                    
                    

A gem of a centre-back, who was perhaps ahead of his time, right now he would be even more valuable due to his versatility to thrive under any manager, no matter the philosophy or style of play. Became a real winner and leader at United and formed one of the greatest partnerships in international football history alongside John Terry with England – who should have obviously achieved much more with such an outstanding foundation to their team. JR

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    22/101 80. Toni Kroos
                    
                    

A metronome in the middle, one of the finer passers in the world of football and the beating heart of a number of very successful sides, not least the World Cup winning Germany side of 2014. Four Champions League crowns as a key cog for Bayern Munich and Real Madrid underline his quality, but if you are to criticise it is that there have always seemed to be others doing more around him. HLC

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    23/101 79. Juan Roman Riquelme
                    
                    

A traditional No 10 who was unhelpfully branded the ‘new Maradona’ when he began setting the Primeira Division alight with Boca Juniors. His £10m move to Barcelona in 2002 did not exactly go as planned – with another talented Argentine poised to write himself into club folklore instead – but Riquelme made a success of himself in Spain with Villarreal under Manuel Pellegrini. A true artist who shone in an advanced playmaker role, before dropping deeper into midfield as his ageing legs lost their pace. LB

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    24/101 78. Thomas Muller
                    
                    

Muller has popped up with important goals for Bayern Munich and Germany throughout his career. The gangly forward has scored nearly 250 goals combined for club and country, which has helped Bayern to eight Bundesliga titles and a single Champions League and Club World Cup. Muller will not be the last player to excel with Bayern and Germany, but he may well be the last sort of his type of player, placing the importance of timing and occupying space above all else in the game. KV

Bongarts/Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                
                
                
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    25/101 77. Mohamed Salah
                    
                    

The ‘Egyptian king’ has turned into one of the most feared forwards in world football since joining Liverpool from Roma in 2017. After a torrid time at Chelsea, Salah’s second spell in England brought about a Premier League history as he netted a record 32 goals in 36 league games. The outright Premier League top scorer in 2018 and the joint winner last season, no longer is anyone laughing at the £35m Liverpool paid for him over two years ago. KV

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    26/101 76. Diego Godin
                    
                    

The kind of defender every one wants on their team and no one wants to come up against. Godin is tough, utterly committed and completely fearless, and at the peak of his powers when Atletico Madrid won La Liga he was probably the best defender around. LO

AFP/Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    27/101 75. David Silva
                    
                    

A midfield maestro capable of playing the game at his pace; speeding up and slowing down while painting a picture amid the frantic action in Premier League games. Silva has never been flustered and can always be relied upon to stand up in the most opportune moments, a cornerstone of the Manchester City era and a candidate for their best ever player, despite the money lavished on various other superstars. JR

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    28/101 74. Eden Hazard
                    
                    

Such quality in tight spaces and an almost unrivalled ability to dribble at pace, Hazard is capable of true magic, with his best Premier League seasons propelling Chelsea to two titles, and earning . There have been more fallow years, of course, but at his best Hazard has been magnificent, including in helping Lille to Ligue 1 glory in 2010-11. HLC

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                
                
                
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    29/101 73. Cesc Fabregas
                    
                    

The fulcrum of Arsene Wenger’s side following Arsenal’s move to the Emirates Stadium, Fabregas combined vision with genuine goalscoring ability to establish himself as one of the world’s most well-rounded and exciting midfielders. Trophies commensurate to the playmaker’s ability to precisely pick out forwards’ runs more often that not did not come in north London, but two Premier League titles with Chelsea after his dream move to Barcelona failed to live up to expectation were just rewards for the midfielder. Nevertheless, he still won La Liga and the Copa del Rey while in Spain, and was part of the squads that won the 2008 and 2012 Euros as well as the 2010 World Cup. KV

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    30/101 72. Deco
                    
                    

A player at home in any era who blossomed under Jose Mourinho not once but twice. At home at No 10 Deco effortlessly controlled games for Porto and latterly Chelsea as a key cog in two of the Special One's greatest sides. BB

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    31/101 71. Lilian Thuram
                    
                    

Enjoyed the best years of his storied career right at the very start of the 21st century, after he moved from Parma to Juventus in a double transfer, along with Gianluigi Buffon. Went on to form a formidable defensive partnership with Igor Tudor as well as Fabio Cannavaro, before a late career swansong at Barcelona. He also won the European Championship with France in 2000. An imperious defender, who now works tirelessly fighting against racism in football and society. LB

AFP/Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    32/101 70. Nemanja Vidic
                    
                    

Warrior. Tough as any Premier League centre-half, totemic at times and a pillar of consistency for Manchester United. Indomitable in the air, his partnership with Rio Ferdinand is perhaps the best English football has seen this century, contrasting in styles but with an innate understanding of each others’ abilities. Superb leader to boot. HLC

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                
                
                
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    33/101 69. Marcelo
                    
                    

The Brazilian is well renowned as one of the best attacking fullbacks in world football, and has been one of Real Madrid’s most consistent performers for a number of years. Arriving at the Santiago Bernabeu as a nervous 19-year-old, Marcelo has lived up to his reputation as Roberto Carlos’ successor at both club and international level, as likely to whip a cross in as he is to audaciously hammer one in from outside the penalty area. Often sporting a smile off the field, Marcelo’s trophy record makes for pleasant reading having experienced four consecutive Champions League victories as well as four La Liga and Club World Cup titles. KV

AFP/Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    34/101 68. Ryan Giggs
                    
                    

While it can be argued his most captivating moments came before the turn of the millennium, Giggs’ longevity was remarkable, never truly fading from the first team at Old Trafford as the brighter sparks came and went. Evolved as football evolved, from teenage tearaway to cultured crosser as the legs slowed. Seven post-2000 Premier League titles, a PFA Player of the Year award and the 2009 Sports Personality of the Year. HLC

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    35/101 67. Antoine Griezmann
                    
                    

A very modern forward, adept anywhere across the offensive line and a true team player, always ready to defend from the front. But it is ultimately for his ability in front of goal that he secures his place on this list. A revelation at Atlético Madrid and as equally important to the world champions: Griezmann was the top goal scorer as France finished as runners-up at Eurp 2016 before playing a starring role in their triumph two years later in Moscow. LB

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    36/101 66. Clarence Seedorf
                    
                    

Seedorf enjoyed great longevity throughout his career divided into two decades. The latter of which, spent in Italy, easily earns his place here after gliding across the pitch for AC Milan, shining bright in Carlo Ancelotti's diamond to collect two Champions League titles – clinching four in total and becoming the only player to win the competition with three different sides. JR

AFP/Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                
                
                
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    37/101 65. Wesley Sneijder
                    
                    

Sneijder won league titles in Spain, Italy, Turkey and his native Netherlands, as well as the Champions League with Jose Mourinho's Inter Milan, and built a stellar international career to become the most capped Dutch player of all time. But the lasting memory is simply of his natural grace on the pitch, gliding over the field before bursting into life to change any game in an instant. LO

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    38/101 64. Gabriel Batistuta
                    
                    

A great goalscorer and a scorer of great goals, Batistuta is one of the best strikers ever to have graced Italian football. He remains Fiorentina's top Serie A goalscorer, having spent the majority of his career in Florence before moving to Roma where he finally clinched the title. He is the only footballer ever to have scored a hat-trick at two separate World Cups. LO

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    39/101 63. Fernando Torres
                    
                    

A captain of Atletico at 18 El Nino was destined for greatness ever since his formative years. While he may never have hit those heights for long enough his Liverpool career where he tortured the very best, notably Nemanja Vidic at Old Trafford, saw him comfortably become the most feared No 9 on the planet. Add in a world crown and two European titles and you have a player who more than earns his place here. BB

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    40/101 62. Ruud Van Nistelrooy
                    
                    

Perhaps the most natural poacher in the countdown, Van Nistelrooy ended his career with better than a goal every two games and churned out far more through his peak years with PSV, Manchester United and Real Madrid. Most notable was his brilliance at the highest level, three times finishing a season as the Champions League's top scorer. Disputes with Dutch managers hindered an international career that might have propelled him higher up this list. LO

AFP/Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                
                
                
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    41/101 61. Claude Makélélé
                    
                    

Few on this list can say they redefined their position but the little French magician did just that. The Makelele role will go down in the annals for any player with any defensive nous whatsoever, but few since have boasted the football intelligence and positional discipline of the man who coined its name. A player far beyond his era. BB

Bongarts/Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    42/101 60. Sergio Aguero
                    
                    

An unbroken streak of relentless goalscoring, spurring Manchester City to four Premier League titles, adapting his game to suit Pep Guardiola's style and resisting the challenges of a fleet of world-class temporaries, the Argentine may yet end his career as the greatest striker in English history. TK

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    43/101 59. Cafu
                    
                    

Well over a decade on from his retirement anyone even close to resembling a serviceable right-back is still known as the English, Scottish or Welsh Cafu, a testament to a glittering career where he redefined what was expected from his position. A dynamic, attack-minded full-back he was also an esteemed leader and captained his country to the World Cup with typical class in 2002. Anyone remembered as one of Brazil’s greatest players is more than worthy of this list. BB

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    44/101 58. Miroslav Klose
                    
                    

Only Marta has scored more goals in World Cups than Klose and his supreme record at international level with Germany is what sees him earn his place here. The archetypal target man famously rarely scored from anywhere other than inside the box, but he made the 18-yard area his own in a storied career that saw him score more goals for Germany than anyone before or since. BB

Bongarts/Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                
                
                
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    45/101 57. Kevin de Bruyne
                    
                    

A maestro and marshal at the heart of Manchester City's midfield, the Belgian is one of the most inventive, tactically astute and well-rounded players to grace the Premier League. He has won back-to-back league titles, an FA Cup and a raft of individual awards and only injuries have prevented him from casting his influence further. TK

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    46/101 56. Henrik Larsson
                    
                    

The Swede scored pots of goals for his home town club, Helsingborg, in his early years, and never really stopped until he retired back at his boyhood team. In between he ventured away to write history with Celtic, win the Champions League with Barcelona and even make a memorable cameo at Manchester United. His pinnacle was the season after he broke his leg, when he returned so determined to make up for lost time that he won the European Golden Shoe. LO

AFP/Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    47/101 55. Xabi Alonso
                    
                    

If Roger Federer was a footballer he might have been something like Xabi Alonso: majestic, composed and precise, playing with a wand while barely breaking a sweat. Liverpool fans still adore him and so does everyone else. He was understated, bar those halfway line goals, and that was part of his charm, redefining what a holding role player could be, and he won it all: Champions League, La Liga, Bundesliga, European Championships and the World Cup. LO

Bongarts/Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    48/101 54. Dennis Bergkamp
                    
                    

The player who brought the Premier League to the height of technical grace and artistry, the Dutchman was synonymous with moments of unthinkable ingenuity and other-worldly touches as he pulled the attacking strings in both Arsenal's 2002 double-winning campaign and the Invincibles season. TK

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                
                
                
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    49/101 53. Gareth Bale
                    
                    

Bale’s professional career started terribly, suffering a major winless streak at Tottenham, but once he began winning he barely stopped. His transformation from tentative full-back to galavanting winger brought him to the Premier League’s attention, and his destruction of Maicon at the San Siro introduced him to the world (and probably erased Maicon from this list, come to think of it). Three back-to-back Champions League wins later, including one of the great European goals, and it is safe to say the boy from Cardiff has come a long way. LO

AFP/Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    50/101 52. Gerard Pique
                    
                    

Over a decade at the heart of Barcelona's defence and undoubtedly one of the game's greatest ball-playing centre-backs, the Spaniard has won everything on offer: eight LaLiga titles, three Champions Leagues, countless cups as well as being a leader in both World Cup and European Championship successes. TK

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    51/101 51. Robert Lewandowski
                    
                    

One of the greatest goalscorers in Bundesliga history after a decade spent between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich, the Polish striker has won seven league titles. His CV might not be as rounded, having spent his entire prime in Germany, but 60 goals in 110 international games are a testament to his unfaltering consistency. TK

AFP/Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    52/101 50. Javier Zanetti
                    
                    

A dominant player with great longevity and versatility. His selflessness, workrate and positional intelligence allowed him to lift a mostly dysfunctional Inter side over the years. But then Jose Mourinho offered a system that could capitalise on Zanetti's legs and reliability; the treble clinched his legacy in a 19-year spell in black and blue. JR

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                
                
                
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    53/101 49. Didier Drogba
                    
                    

While there have been better goalscorers few knew how to pick their moments better than the great Ivorian. At his dominant peak few could touch him as one of the game’s ultimate big-game players. The star of Chelsea’s 2012 Champions League win Drogba remains beloved by Blues fans for two title-winning spells while Jose Mourinho still regards him as one of the best he worked with. Truly the King. BB

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    54/101 48. Michael Ballack
                    
                    

A proper box-to-box midfielder who would revel in the big games; dominant in the challenge at the heart of the pitch and in either penalty area. A prolific goalscorer given his supreme passing and selfless work, Ballack inspired Bayer Leverkusen to the Champions League final in 2002, before three doubles in four years with Bayern and then four major honours with Chelsea, as well as another Champions League final. JR

Bongarts/Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    55/101 47. Oliver Kahn
                    
                    

An imposing figure between the sticks, Khan was an intimidating opponent for strikers, making them freeze for just enough time to offer himself enough time to narrow the angles and wipe out danger. A legendary figure with Bayern, inluding six Bundesliga titles in the last 20 years, he would also emerge as a leader for Germany and their runners-up finish at World Cup 2002 before a more calculated strategy saw Die Mannschaft become world champions. JR

Bongarts/Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    56/101 46. Ashley Cole
                    
                    

A rarity as England’s one true really world class player, Cole was the planet’s premier left-back for nigh-on a decade. A title winner with Arsenal and Chelsea it will perhaps be the FA Cup where Cole leaves his indelible mark where he lifted the world’s oldest trophy a record seven times. A key player in two of the Premier League greatest-ever sides Cole will be remembered as one of the real standouts of his era. BB

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                
                
                
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    57/101 45. Pavel Nedved
                    
                    

A thrilling wide player able to slice opponents open with darting runs inside and clever movement to give and receive in and around the box. A Ballon d'Or winner with Juventus and the spark for a tremendous Czech Republic side who should have won Euro 2004. JR

AFP/Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    58/101 44. N'Golo Kante
                    
                    

Just quietly doing his job to an outstanding level, Kante inspired Leicester to do the unthinkable, not only enabling a two-man midfield – but doing so alongside Danny Drinkwater on his way to his first Premier League title. Bigger things would await him at Chelsea, where he grabbed another title, and then with France, as he starred in their second World Cup triumph. Not just the finest midfield destroyer in a decade, but with quality and endless stamina to go box-to-box, as he proved under Maurizio Sarri, proving a lot of people wrong in the process. JR

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    59/101 43. Kylian Mbappe
                    
                    

The youngest player in this list, with barely a career to call upon, and yet already he has demanded a place in its upper echelons. It is not just that he has scored relentlessly for Monaco and now PSG, winning the title in every season of his career to date, or even that he played such a key role in France’s World Cup triumph. It’s that Mbappé is doing things other footballers don’t do, cutting through teams from one box to another with the ball glued to his feet, retiring defenders as he goes. Surely he will be near the very top of this list in a few years’ time… LO

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    60/101 42. Alessandro Del Piero
                    
                    

A great goalscorer and a scorer of great goals, Del Piero was one of the finest all round forwards Italy has ever produced. As gifted at making goals as he was at scoring them himself, Del Piero retired as Juve’s all-time appearance and scoring leader and a six-time Serie A champion. Oh and he won the World Cup too. BB

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                
                
                
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    61/101 41. Alessandro Nesta
                    
                    

One of the very best in a long tradition of Italian defenders, but Nesta was different. He was never rushed, never angry, never desperately lunging for the ball. Instead he would glide across the pitch and pickpocket unsuspecting victims with a smile, and before they knew it he was gone. At Lazio and then AC Milan he won everything including Serie A, the Champions League, and the World Cup, but winning Serie A defender of the year four times in a row from 2000, in an era of defensive excellence, tells you just as much about Nesta. LO

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    62/101 40. Patrick Vieira
                    
                    

Remains the gold standard for box-to-box midfielders after dominating the Premier League as the lynchpin of perhaps the greatest side ever to grace it. A complete player Vieira was a class above from the outset with his departure from north London leaving a hole that is still be filled. BB

AFP/Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    63/101 39. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
                    
                    

What can you say about Ibrahimovic that he hasn’t already said about himself? A supreme goalscorer across almost countless leagues his otherworldly natural talent is perhaps only surpassed by his larger than life ego. Though a Champions League crown still eludes him he will one day leave a legacy few can match. BB

Manchester United via Getty Imag

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    64/101 38. Roberto Carlos
                    
                    

The Brazilian arguably transformed what a great full back could be, incessantly roaming forwards, forming a wing to every attack, most notably during his time at Real Madrid. Arguably his greatest years came before the Millennium, but La Liga and a World Cup title still followed. But, perhaps, that’s helped by the allure to one of the most astonishing goals ever scored. TK

Bongarts/Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                
                
                
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    65/101 37. Rivaldo
                    
                    

His dazzling best may have come just before the new millennium, but his trophy haul since the year 2000 is remarkable. He played a leading role in Brazil’s World Cup success in 2002 before an extremely profitable stint at AC Milan, during which he won the Champions League, Super Cup and Coppa Italia. And then there are the individual performances. His stunning hat-trick for Barcelona against Valencia in 2001 has yet to be surpassed, and is unlikely to be. LB

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    66/101 36. Roy Keane
                    
                    

Sir Alex Ferguson once described Keane as the embodiment of his winning attitude on the pitch and that is all the more appropriate because, if the great manager is the figure to have influenced the Premier League more than anyone, Keane is the player to have psychologically influenced the Premier League more than anyone. That really isn’t an exaggeration, not when you consider his longevity, the number of titles he won and his absolutely key role in all of them. MD

Manchester United via Getty Imag

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    67/101 35. John Terry
                    
                    

A divisive figure elsewhere Terry remains Chelsea’s favourite son after a trophy-laden near two decade run with his boyhood club. The living, breathing, life and soul of the Roman Abramovich era Terry was perhaps the best pure defender of his generation with his blend of physical gifts allied with a superhuman will to win making him nigh on unmatched at his peak. BB

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    68/101 34. Paul Scholes
                    
                    

He was never the star of Manchester United’s side, more the quiet conductor in the shadows, anchoring the midfield, flitting passes back-and-forth, flying into buzzsaw challenges. The Englishman was the anchor of 11 Premier League title-winning sides, a feat bested only by fellow ‘Fergie fledgeling’ Ryan Giggs. TK

Manchester United via Getty Imag

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                
                
                
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    69/101 33. David Villa
                    
                    

One of the most clinical forwards of his era Villa will be remembered as one of the key figures of Pep Guardiola’s all-conquering Barcelona side. Equally as adept up front as he was out wide he went on to replace the great Raul with the Spanish national team going to become the top scorer in their history as well as being pivotal to the Euro 2008 and World Cup 2010 wins. BB

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    70/101 32. Iker Casillas
                    
                    

The man known simply as San Iker began life with Real Madrid as a nine-year old before going on to make 725 appearances for Los Blancos in a storied and success-filled career at the Bernabeu. The all-time appearance leader for Spain to boot Casillas has won every major club and international title he has participated in as a player. An all-time great. BB

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    71/101 31. Franceso Totti
                    
                    

A true oddity in modern football, the near-cult-like Italian spent 25 years at Roma, playing almost 800 games and scoring over 300 goals, as well as featuring in Italy’s 2006 World Cup-winning side. Perhaps the last true one-club man at one of Europe’s elite clubs. TK

Bongarts/Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    72/101 30. Arjen Robben
                    
                    

A mercurial talent who never truly settled in the Premier League, but for a short spell as Chelsea won the title. The flying Dutchman could turn passive possession into danger in a flash with his exceptional control when running at speed. Injuries plagued his time in England with spells at Real Madrid and Bayern establishing himself as one of the greats of his generation. JR

Bongarts/Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                
                
                
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    73/101 29. Wayne Rooney
                    
                    

We all knew he was going to be special from the moment he stunned David Seaman from distance as a 16-year-old, ending Arsenal’s 30-match unbeaten run. A move to Manchester United followed, where he won five Premier League titles, eclipsed Sir Bobby Charlton to become the club’s all-time leading goalscorer, and formed one of the most fearsome strike forces ever seen alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez. A modern great. LO

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    74/101 28. Raul Gonzalez
                    
                    

A prolific natural finisher and one of the greatest Spanish players of all-time, somewhat overlooked due to the riches of talent that quickly followed at Barcelona, Raul was the incisive tooth in six La Liga titles and three Champions Leagues. He has made more appearances for Madrid than any other player in history and, until the arrival of Ronaldo, their highest goalscorer. TK

AFP/Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    75/101 27. Manuel Neuer
                    
                    

The towering Neuer has raised the bar for what is expected for modern shotstoppers across the globe. Widely considered to be the best goalkeeper of his generation Neuer has won the Bundesliga seven times, a World Cup once and even has a German word, Reklamierarm (the arm of objection), named after him. A modern great. BB

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    76/101 26. Paolo Maldini
                    
                    

Genuinely world class for more than two decades Maldini is remembered as one of the finest defenders in history. A right, centre and most notably left-back 25 trophies in 25 years for his boyhood club see him regarded as perhaps the greatest player in Milanese history. Upon his retirement in 2009 his No 3 shirt was retired in his honour. BB

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                
                
                
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    77/101 25. Dani Alves
                    
                    

Possibly the greatest full back in history, and the evolution of Cafu and Roberto Carlos, the Brazilian won six La Liga titles and three Champions Leagues, before leaving for Juventus and then PSG, adding league titles with both. The complete mould of defence and attack, under the tutelage of Pep Guardiola, he remained untouchable for almost a decade. TK

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    78/101 24. Carles Puyol
                    
                    

A true titan of centre-backs, the Spaniard was the fortress at the base of Barcelona’s defence, an ever-present rock in six La Liga titles and three Champions Leagues. His influence loomed just as large on the international stage, leading Spain to a European Championship and World Cup. TK

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    79/101 23. Frank Lampard
                    
                    

A midfielder with the goalscoring record of an elite-level striker. Chelsea’s all-time leading scorer, he hit 22 in a single season in 2009/10, netting a grand total of 147 Premier League goals. Incredibly versatile, deployed everywhere across the midfield in Chelsea blue, before enjoying an unexpectedly profitable Indian Summer at Manchester City. TK

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    80/101 22. Luka Modric
                    
                    

Rarely seen in a Ballon d’Or winner it’s possible Modric remains somehow underrated with his consistent class perhaps overshadowed by the headline-grabbing achievements of those around him. A veritable genius with the ball at his feet the Croatian combines workrate with wizardry with one of the most creative football minds we’ve seen. An integral role in four Champions League wins sees his legacy as a real and lasting star already cemented. BB

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                
                
                
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    81/101 21. Samuel Eto'o
                    
                    

Extraordinarily prolific for so very long: his electric early form at Mallorca saw him earn a move to Frank Rijkaard’s Barcelona, where he scored 130 times in just 199 appearances. Pep Guardiola took his game to another level in the 2008/09 season, before successful stints at Inter Milan, Anzhi Makhachkala and Chelsea. No player has won the African Player of the Year award more times. Only the second player in history to score in two UEFA Champions League finals. And the first player in history to win two European continental trebles. LB

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    82/101 20. Neymar
                    
                    

If this list was based on natural talent alone, nobody could argue the Brazilian’s position. His combination of skill and creativity is largely unmatched in modern football, but he has also blared with inconsistency and struggled with persistent injury. He already has two La Liga titles, two Ligue 1 titles and a Champions League to his name, but the lingering feeling remains that a large portion of his potential remains unfulfilled. TK

AFP/Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    83/101 19. Andrei Shevchenko
                    
                    

One of the most deadly strikers in European history, Shevchenko’s peak came at AC Milan where he won the Champions League in 2003 and the Ballon d’Or in 2004. Nothing displayed his supreme composure better than his Champions League-winning penalty, finally setting Milan’s battle with rivals Juventus and writing himself into San Siri folklore. LO

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    84/101 18. Steven Gerrard
                    
                    

The greatest player never to win a Premier League title? He instead remained at Liverpool, spending 17 seasons at Anfield during which he captained his side to two European titles as well as five domestic cups. An extremely versatile and well-rounded player, who completely remodeled his game as he grew older. TK

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                
                
                
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    85/101 17. Sergio Busquets
                    
                    

The rearguarding totem who cleared the canvas for one of the greatest teams in history to flourish. The Spaniard has been a pillar of Barcelona and Spain’s sides for a decade, winning an astonishing eight La Liga titles, three Champions Leagues, the World Cup and the European Championships. TK

AFP/Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    86/101 16. Luis Suarez
                    
                    

Took a little while to hit the ground running at Anfield, but his contribution to Liverpool’s famous 2013/14 campaign will live long in the memory. The Uruguayan hit an extraordinary 31 goals in 33 matches as Liverpool went so, so close to ending their long wait for a league title. His career then scaled new heights at Barcelona, where he has won a staggering four La Liga titles and the Champions League title, in 2014/15. A complete centre forward, who worked tirelessly, assisted his team-mates and was utterly ruthless in front of goal LB

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    87/101 15. Luis Figo
                    
                    

One of the most elegant players on our list Figo didn’t ever appear to be moving at the speed of the game. Moreover the game appeared to move with him. Flashy and full of flair he was at home at some of the biggest clubs in the world. One of a select few to move between Barcelona and Real Madrid and famously paid the piggy price. BB

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    88/101 14. Philipp Lahm
                    
                    

One of the great defenders of the modern era, although defender hardly covers it. Lahm became an outstanding captain both at Bayern Munich and Germany, and became a gifted midfielder under Pep Guardiola’s coaching. A winner of eight Bundesliga titles, one Champions League and one World Cup. LO

Bongarts/Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                
                
                
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    89/101 13. Gianluigi Buffon
                    
                    

The greatest goalkeeper of the last two decades. And probably the one before that, also. Holds numerous individual records – going unbeaten for 974 consecutive minutes during the 2015–16 season among the most impressive – and a bulging trophy cabinet including nine Serie A titles (and one Serie B), a UEFA Cup and the 2006 World Cup. The ‘personal records’ section of his Wikipedia page meanwhile extends to 933 words. That takes some doing. LB

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    90/101 12. Sergio Ramos
                    
                    

The most-capped player in Spanish history, a World and European champion and a four-time Champions League winner Ramos is loved by his own and hated even more by others. Never far from notoriety his truly appalling La Liga disciplinary record may never be matched, nor will his legacy as one of the truly great modern defenders. BB

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    91/101 11. Andrea Pirlo
                    
                    

The most stylish player on our list – both on and off the pitch – Pirlo played the game at his own pace and with more grace than almost any other ever seen. Perhaps the finest deep-lying playmaker in the history of the game Pirlo’s effortless class will surely endure. BB

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    92/101 10. Fabio Cannavaro
                    
                    

Rarely has one player so single-handedly dominated an international tournament like Fabio Cannavaro at the 2006 World Cup. He was so impressive for Italy that the nation’s media nicknamed him Il Muro di Berlino – ‘The Berlin Wall’ – for his outstanding performances in the heart of the team’s defence, as they kept five clean sheets and conceded just two goals (neither of which were from open play) en route to victory. But he also enjoyed a stellar club career, vital for both Inter Milan and Juventus before winning two La Liga titles with Real Madrid. LB

AFP/Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                
                
                
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    93/101 9. Kaka
                    
                    

The last man to win a Ballon d’Or before Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, history will remember Kaka as one of the great dribblers with his six-foot size allied with a uncharacteristically low centre of gravity making him nigh-on unstoppable on the run. At his balletic and barracking peak, one of the world’s very best. BB

AFP/Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    94/101 8. Zinedine Zidane
                    
                    

Zinédine Zidane is perhaps the most graceful player on this list, someone who seemed to glide through matches without ever drawing sweat. Around the turn of the century, after winning Euro 2000 with France, Zidane swapped Juventus for Real Madrid where he was the ultimate Galactico, scoring one of the great Champions League final goals. LO

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    95/101 7. Thierry Henry
                    
                    

The striker who grasped the Premier League with such electric magnetism and revolutionised the epitome of a modern striker. The Frenchman won the Premier League twice, including the famed Invincibles season, but his prime still wasn’t rewarded with the trophy to match his talent. A move to Barcelona brought further baubles and a coveted Champions League, but by then his best had already begun to fade. TK

AFP/Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    96/101 6. Ronaldo
                    
                    

His light shined bright only briefly in the 21st century, but it was enough to earn a place near the very top of this list such was its brilliance. A relentless goalscorer and mesmerising dribbler, with power, pace, two feet and incredible close control that perhaps only Lionel Messi has matched since, Ronaldo will be remembered as one of the greatest forwards of all time. LO

Bongarts/Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                
                
                
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    97/101 5. Andres Iniesta
                    
                    

Thriving in the freedom created in his childhood tandem with Xavi, the diminutive playmaker was perhaps even more influential to Barcelona and Spain’s success, revving the tempo of Barcelona’s all-conquering side, unlocking defences with ingenious control and vision. He is the most decorated player in Spanish history, with nine La Liga titles, four Champions Leagues, two European Championships and World Cup. TK

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    98/101 4. Ronaldinho
                    
                    

A player of outrageous God-given gifts Ronaldinho enthralled and enchanted all that witnessed him over a spellbinding career that saw him grace some of the world’s biggest clubs. His toothy, child-like grin belied a footballer who just wanted to play, few before him or since can do what he could do. A genius. BB

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    99/101 3. Xavi Hernandez
                    
                    

The greatest Spanish player of all-time and, perhaps, the greatest passer of a ball too. Xavi was the metronome and all-seeing eye at the centre of Barcelona and Spain’s rampant success, playing conductor and orchestra to eight La Liga titles, four Champions Leagues, two European Championships and the star of the 2010 World Cup. TK

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    100/101 2. Cristiano Ronaldo
                    
                    

The boy who sparkled at Sporting became a man at Manchester United and a god at Real Madrid. He set his sights on greatness and hasn’t stopped working since, and now his record speaks for itself: Five Ballon d’Ors, five Champions Leagues, six league titles, one European Championship, 700 career goals – and counting. LO

Getty Images

                    
                
            
            
            
            
                
                
                
                
            
            
            
                
                

                
                    101/101 1. Lionel Messi
                    
                    Lionel Messi has made the utterly remarkable utterly routine. You only have to watch him in any given match. Messi produces so many pieces of play that would be the highlight of anyone else’s career if they were capable of them. For him, they’re just another moment of a game. It is almost an extra-sensory next level. Some statistics, should you need them: Messi has won 10 (TEN) La Liga titles. Six Copa del Reys. Eight Supercopas. Four Champions League titles. Three Super Cups. And three Club World Cups. He has a gravitational effect on an entire match, to a greater degree than anyone else. The qualities of his talents mean he is always in the centre, dictating, driving.

He’s every where. He is the standard. He is football. MD

Getty Images

“It is affecting his performances and he is not at his best at the moment. All players who are trying to give their best will have at least five minutes of being annoyed when they are substituted, but a coach would in general be much more worried if he didn’t seem upset.”

Ronaldo’s replacement Paulo Dybala scored the winner as Juventus moved back to the top of the Serie A table.

Inter Milan‘s win over Helllas Verona had taken them briefly ahead of the defending champions, but a fine goal from Dybala ensured Juventus secured a 1-0 win.

    

            
              
                
            

            
            
          
          
        
        
        

Laisser une réponse

+ 84 = 94

Votre email ne sera pas publié. Les champs obligatoires sont notifiés avec *