Three World Cups Six Different Champions League Winners And Countless Memorable Matches And Performances
Three World Cups, six different Champions League winners and countless memorable matches and performances.
The 2010s have been a decade littered with footballing brilliance.
As the decade comes to a close, Sportsmail asked our team of reporters: who have been their players of the 2010s? The results, formed of 27 responses tallied up to make up a top 50 players, will be published over the next five days.
Can [/sport/cristianoronaldo/index.html Cristiano Ronaldo]'s four European Cup wins and international success propel him above the mercurial brilliance of [/sport/lionelmessi/index.html Lionel Messi]?
Which [/sport/premierleague/index.html Premier League] stars will mix it with the best from LaLiga? And where will the World Cup winners rank compared to the stars of the Champions League?
Today's raft of names, from 30-21, features a two-time Premier League winner, legendary Italian goalkeeper and two [/sport/teampages/barcelona.html Barcelona] stars.
Keep checking back on MailOnline across the last five days of the decade for the full list.
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Mohamed Salah - Al Mokawloon, Basel, Chelsea, Fiorentina (loan), Roma, Liverpool, EgyptFew would have predicted the metamorphosis from flighty winger to world beater.
The Egyptian King, as he's known on Merseyside, has become Premier League royalty since joining the Reds from Roma for just £34million back in 2017.
He scooped PFA Players' Player of the Year, FWA Football Writers' Footballer of the Year and Football Supporters' Federation's (FSF) Men's Player of the Year in his first season.
It was a blistering campaign that saw him score 44 times in all competitions and announce himself as one of the world's best.
Since then, he's helped Liverpool to the Champions League, European Super Cup, Club World Cup and it seems inevitable that more silverware is on the way this season.
Mo Salah has helped Liverpool to three trophies in the past year including the UEFA Super Cup
The flying winger transformed into a world superstar after joining the Reds from Roma
Salah has formed part of Liverpool's deadly front three and Jurgen Klopp's side are flying
Giorgio Chiellini - Juventus, ItalyA man with the face of a distinguished renaissance statue, who's probably just as hard.
Chiellini will be the centre back most associated with uncompromising Italian defending and Serie A domination over the last 10 years.
In terms of longevity at the top he's among the elite names on this list.
Chiellini has spent a decade and a half with Juventus and remains the backbone of the team.
He was voted into the greatest Juventus team of all time a couple of years ago and the trophy cabinet is bursting.
Eight Scudetto triumphs and four Coppa Italia wins set the combative veteran out as a once-in-a-generation defender.
Giorgio Chiellini will go down as one of the greatest Italian central defenders of all time
The tough tackling Juventus star has been a stalwart for the club for more than a decade
Chiellini's no nonsense approach has served both Juventus and Italy well for several years
Marcelo - Real Madrid, BrazilArguably the best left back over the last 10 years, Marcelo's position has never really seemed under threat no matter which manager comes through the Real Madrid revolving door.
He's been an invaluable attacking weapon for the Spanish giants and constant menace to deal with for opposition, particularly in combination with the embarrassment of riches Real have up front.
Since joining Real back in 2007, he's been integral to their success and mainstay during the standout three Champions League titles in a row since 2015.
His 13 assists in the 2016-17 season helped Real to the double and at 31 the Brazilian still has a couple of years left at the top.
Marcelo has established himself as one of the world's best left backs over the past decade
The attacking threat posed by the Brazilian is a huge problem for opposition defences
Marcelo had a great relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo and regularly delivered assists
Yaya Toure - Barcelona, Manchester City, Olympiacos, Quingdao Huanghai, Ivory CoastAt his very best, Yaya Toure was unplayable and looked like a man against boys.
But for all those juggernaut runs through midfield, swatting aside would-be tacklers with ease, it was his finesse that really caught the eye.
There was a poise and grace to his play to go with all that sheer power and any free-kicks given away within 30 yards suddenly became extremely dangerous.
The Ivorian spent eight years with Manchester City this decade and was instrumental in their three Premier League wins, two League Cups and one FA Cup.
He also helped his national side to the African Cup of Nations back in 2015.
Toure will go down as a modern Premier League great, just don't mention the birthday cake...
Yaya Tour is a Premier League great and one of Manchester City's best ever midfielders
The Ivorian had superb finesse and technique to go with his enormous physical power
Toure helped City to the Premier League title on three occasions during his time at the club
Wayne Rooney - Manchester United, Everton, DC United, England From the moment he burst onto the scene as a muscular, prodigious teenage talent, Rooney always seemed destined to be one of English football's all-time greats.
He is Manchester United's all-time top scorer with 253, England's all-time top scorer with 53 and has the most Premier League seasons with a goal tally in double figures (12).
The output was incredible but perhaps not what Rooney will be remembered for.
It was the relentlessness of his play, aggression always teetering on the brink of indiscipline but rarely spilling over and a burning will to win that fans fell in love with.
Rooney helped United win the Premier League five times in total (twice this decade) and although age has caught up with him over the last few years, there's no doubting his contribution since 2010.
Wayne Rooney holds the record as the top scorer for both Manchester United and England
The forward will go down in history as one of Manchester United's greatest ever strikers
Rooney netted 53 times for England and always relished turning out for the national team
Gianluigi Buffon - Juventus, PSG, ItalyNo conversation about the greatest goalkeeper in history would be worthwhile without making the case for Buffon.
The fact that 10 years ago the Italian was already 31 shows you the level of professionalism he must have to remain at the top.
Not only has Buffon exemplified all the technical aspects of a world class goalkeeper, but he's offered so much by way of leadership on the pitch too.
He's been between the sticks for seven Serie A wins in the last decade, four Coppa Italia titles and a Ligue 1 wedged in there for his year with PSG last season.
The Champions League is the only major trophy to have evaded Buffon and what a fairytale ending it would be if Juventus could do it for him this season.
Gianluigi Buffon could go down as the greatest goalkeeper of all time and is still playing
The Juventus legend was 31 at the start of the decade but yet he remains in top condition
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Harry Kane - Tottenham, Leyton Orient (loan), Millwall (loan), Norwich (loan), Leicester (loan), EnglandPlenty of the players on this list have silverware to underpin their claim to a place in this top 50.
Not so with Harry Kane, which you could argue is a testament to his ability as well as an indictment of Tottenham.
The striker's breakout season came in 2014-15 when he scored 21 goals in 34 matches.
There were still plenty of naysayers who doubted the England forward's ability to back it up year on year.
Perhaps the lack of electric pace or propensity to bamboozle defenders counted against him.
But what Kane has is brilliant goal-scoring instincts. The 125 times he's netted in the Premier League in the last six years and World Cup golden boot are proof enough of that.
Harry Kane came back from the World Cup last summer with the Golden Boot trophy
The England and Tottenham striker has a deadly eye for goal and the stats back it up
Kane has reached double figures in terms of goals scored every single season for six years
Gerard Pique - Barcelona, SpainPique is another man who has been front and centre for one of the most successful teams of the last decade.
His combination of fine defensive instincts coupled with wonderful ability on the ball suits Barcelona down to the ground.
Many have Pep Guardiola's side of 2010-11 as the best club team in history and Pique was a crucial part of the team who beat Manchester United at Wembley to win the Champions League.
Pique has won 17 major trophies with the Catalan side this decade and then you look at the international career.
He starred for La Roja in their World Cup win 10 years ago and the Euro 2012 triumph that followed two years later.
Few players have a longer list of accomplishments beside their name.
Gerard Pique has been at the forefront of Barcelona's success in the past 10 years
The centre-back added a World Cup to his bulging trophy cabinet back in 2010 with Spain
Pique remains a crucial player for the Catalan side as they go for more honours this season
N'Golo Kante - Boulogne, Caen, Leicester, Chelsea, FranceIt's almost impossible not to warm to N'Golo Kante. The trademark smile and introverted nature is polar opposite to his style of play.
The Frenchman was a relative unknown before setting the Premier League alight as one of Leicester's secret weapons in their astonishing 2015-16 win.
At times it seems like the 5ft 6in dynamo has an identical twin on the pitch, such is his desire to scurry around and win back possession.
The angles, anticipation and timing of his defensive interventions are superb.
There's nobody quite the same in world football to Kante.
A World Cup win to go with two Premier League crowns is a pretty handy return too.
N'Golo Kante (right) has developed into one of the best defensive midfielders in football
Kante lifted the Premier League trophy with Leicester in their astonishing 2015-16 season
The Chelsea star has won the Premier League twice as well as the World Cup with France
Sergio Busquets - Barcelona, SpainThe human metronome in midfield for Barcelona and Spain. Busquets may be slight of frame but his range of passing is second to none.
He developed into a new kind of defensive midfielder under Guardiola and it seemed he could hardly be touched, taking up clever positions to keep play ticking over.
Busquets can buy a foul like few players on the planet, which can be an infuriating thing to watch but you'd want him on your side.
The 31-year-old is part of that golden Spain and Barcelona generation who have swept all before them and won just about everything.
Busquets has won an astonishing 25 trophies for club and country in the last decade which is frankly a ridiculous haul.
Sergio Busquets (middle) has a quiet authority in midfield and his passing is exceptional
The midfielder is one of the most successful players ever in terms of silverware acquired
Busquets seems like he has an almost telepathic relationship with Lionel Messi (left) at times
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