World Football Power Rankings: The Top 10 Wingers

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World Football Power Rankings: The Top 10 Wingers
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Who is the best winger in the world?

Is he Dutch? Spanish? Argentine? Welsh?

There is always great interest and discussion about declaring the top players at their respective positions. Whether ranking goalkeepers or strikers, the world wants to know who is the best.

Although there are many lists ranking the top players, the criteria often changes and creates major controversy.

Reputation, past performance, injuries, and current form have all been determining factors in player rankings.

This is the eighth installment of a series of football power rankings. From goalkeepers to strikers, it will rank the top ten men at each position.

Players will be ranked by their abilities and contributions on the pitch, not by their teams' performance. For example, Barcelona's Victor Valdés rarely lets in goals for the European and Spanish champions. Despite his impressive record, he finds himself behind Iker Casillas and Pepe Reina in Spain's pecking order. Valdés' individual abilities and displays do not warrant a top-five spot on the goalkeeper list.

Players will not be judged by their special games or memorable moments, but by their consistent level while at top form.

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney will be ranked according to his form over the latter stages of 2011's campaign. He will not be evaluated by his terrible form post-injury, which carried into the beginning of this season. Arsenal's Robin van Persie has been plagued by ailments in recent years but will be judged by his level of play when fit; ranked according to his performances for the Gunners this season.

Note: Players who have just retired, such as Edwin van der Sar and Paul Scholes, will not be included in this series.

Here are the top 10 wingers in the world.

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