15 Candidates for World's Third-Best Footballer After Messi and Ronaldo

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15 Candidates for World's Third-Best Footballer After Messi and Ronaldo
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Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the two best football players on the planet. They just are. There's not even a particularly good argument for anyone else.

But let's take them out of the equation. Who would be best if these two footballing freaks weren't currently dominating the sporting summit?

Here are 15 candidates who can legitimately stake a claim to being the world's third-best footballer.

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