Top 10 Candidates for World's 3rd-Best Footballer After Messi and Ronaldo

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Top 10 Candidates for World's 3rd-Best Footballer After Messi and Ronaldo
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There's no shortage of top quality players in world football, and two stand above the rest. But who's No. 3?

Bleacher Report is here to take a look at some of the quality players in the game who could stake a claim for that position.

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have dominated headlines in recent years, with Messi picking up three straight FIFA Ballon d'Or awards since 2010 thanks to his accomplishments.

We'll use that time period as the major factor in presenting these candidates, judging the consistency of their play, their achievements and their overall quality during that time.

It was a tough list to make, considering the quality that has been left out, but these 10 are all deserving.

Here are the top 10 candidates to be the world's third-best footballer.

 

Unless otherwise stated, all statistics courtesy of ESPN FC

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