The 100 Greatest Soccer Players in the World Today

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The 100 Greatest Soccer Players in the World Today
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Let’s be honest. 2010-11 has probably been one of the more forgettable years in football quality-wise for some time. With the possible exceptions of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, no team in the major leagues across Europe have played at a consistently high level all season.

This is not to say that it was a terrible year in football, because there has always been the usual title race drama and the excitement of new arrivals staking their claim as elite footballers. All the same, it was hard to come up with specific criteria to determine the ordering for this list, given that so many superstars have dropped off from the heights of the last season or two.

I settled on a sort of compromise/cop out, making some allowances for the whole “form is temporary, class is permanent” ethos by not narrowing the focus strictly to the in-form players of this season, while also giving some consideration to those who have nevertheless had a great 2010-11 in football. You could still probably guess who Nos. 1 and 2 are, though.

Overall, the following 100 players are ranked based on their current ability level. This is a long list, so we’ll be going on the freeway for the first 70 players before taking the scenic route for the Top 30. So with that said…

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