IAN LADYMAN: When will English football start trusting young English footballers?


One of the things that govern Frank Lampard & # 39; s Chelsea attractive is just how simply he made it feel.

His management is entirely based on common sense. Gone are all the drama and confusion that so often Antonio Conte and Maurizio Sarri accompanied him. Lampard & # 39; s Chelsea reboot was clean, clear and decisive.

Surprising to read something buried in Lampard & # 39; s extensive interview with Jamie Redknapp on this page & # 39; s on Saturday that nevertheless jumped off the page.

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Asked if Chelsea's recent transfer ban had influenced his decisions about the club's & # 39; s academy diploma last summer, Lampard said: & Mason Mount would have been on loan again this year? Possible. Probably. Fikayo Tomori would certainly have done it. & # 39;

Instead, Chelsea's Mount 22 & # 39; s Premier League games started, while Tomori 14 started. Both have been fundamental to a progressive Chelsea season and both have played – as a result – for England. They have been part of what has made Chelsea so vigilant over the past six months. In short, they have been good enough.

So to hear Lampard suggest that neither of them would have been in the club if he had been given the option of allowing players a little jargon.

The debate about paths for young English is talent an old talent. I have always thought that homegrown youths do not necessarily deserve special treatment. If they are good enough, they will find a way to get through it. If they are not, they will not do it.

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But perhaps the argument should be made more nuanced

Perhaps we have assumed for so long that our domestic talent can be improved by abler, more technically talented players from abroad that we go as our standard setting see. If so, it must change and from that point of view players like Mount and Tomori can prove to be pioneers. That may be necessary.

I remember an interview I did two seasons ago with another former Chelsea midfielder, Scott Parker, when the current Fulham manager coached young players at Tottenham.

He told me the technical level of players now being produced by our academies is on a different scale than the time two decades or so ago when players like himself, Lampard and Steven Gerrard came through the system.

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& # 39; They are miles ahead of where we were & he said. "They are technically fantastic."

Parker's message that day was clear: the academies are working. And it is something that seems to be confirmed when we look at the quality that Gareth Southgate now has at the international level.

England & # 39; s European Championship may hope to be undone in the middle or because Southgate does not have a world-class goalkeeper, but it will not be short of players who can put their heads straight and the use the ball.

So when will English football change the way you think?

When will managers and sports directors start intrinsically trusting the players in whom so much time and money has been invested?

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The mystery is clear and as such it will always be more difficult for our own young players. The Premier League nowadays offers such a rich, glamorous platform for football players that a club like Chelsea always has a stream of agents and parents who want to bring talent to their door from all over Europe and beyond. What it needs, when trends have to change, is a leap of faith.

At Chelsea they had to take one and it is hard to claim that they are no better for it. Lampard has brought some clarity to life on Stamford Bridge.

It would be a shame if it all got a bit confused when the transfer window opened this summer.

There is still hope for Jimmy Greaves

The bid of this newspaper to earn an honor from Jimmy Greaves should not be necessary, but we should hardly be surprised.

Harry Gregg, once a goalkeeper for Manchester United, saved lives in the Munich air disaster of 1958 but went without appropriate recognition until he received just over a year ago.

Harry is now 87 and had to wait 60 years for his gong. There is still hope for Jimmy.

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Pickford's concerns must relate to Southgate

Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, England, thinks that the world wants to grab him and that has to worry Gareth Southgate.

Such negative thinking can spread through a camp in England like a virus. It happened before.

I begin to yearn for the days when my only reservation about Pickford concerned his football.

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Sterling's Consistency Key in the Fight Against Racism

According to the Sunday Times, Raheem Sterling set up a Premier League task force to combat racism. It is an admirable idea of ​​a well-intentioned sportsman, but two contrasting images from this season come to mind.

The first was from Sterling (below) who spoke eloquently on the subject for England & # 39; s Euro 2020 qualifier in Prague as the last of October. It was powerful stuff.

The second was how desperately confused and unconvincing his message had been fourteen days earlier when his colleague in Manchester City, Bernardo Silva, was sued by the FA for posting an allegedly racist tweet about teammate Benjamin Mendy

And this is the problem of making a point of view. Consistency is crucial. It makes no sense to change things if you slip into your shoes uncomfortably when the problem comes closer to home.

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JEFF POWELL: It’s too ‘woke’ to claim footballers need a winter break for their mental health


The snowflakes will fall on exotic distant beaches in the coming weeks while our most precious footballers seek refuge from the unbearable stress of playing football matches …

And I mean precious, although not only because of their ridiculous transfer fees and ridiculous salaries.

After more than 130 seasons of the English game being played by rain, snow, ice, mud, Wales and testicle-freezing temperatures, our most overpaid and laughable molly-coddled professionals get a mid-winter break.

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Priceless, that's for sure.

The reason – as stated in a Premier League letter instructing all 20 clubs not to make lucrative friendly arrangements during this off-period and revealed by my Sportsmail colleague Matt Hughes – is to ensure that their players are delayed by & # 39; the physical and mental hardships of playing matches & # 39 ;.

Probably every schoolboy who loves nothing more than kicking a ball and dreams of one day doing exactly that for a Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester City, Spurs – not to mention England – splatters from laughing in his lunch box.

It is certainly hoped. A mental effort to play the game? Oh boy, give us some of that.

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Injuries are one thing, for which there is no guarantee to avoid whether you play in January or September. But mental struggle? Pur-lease Give me a break, let alone.

The real giants of our national game – like those who have won the only World Cup in England – will turn to their graves or beds.

So & # 39; awake & # 39; has become our world that football itself has forgotten that football is a game that is played primarily for fun. That is certainly true for every boy and girl when they roll up their first pair of socks.

Ask a football player from the recent past whether he would rather play two games a week or a few days of training and the answer would be & # 39; give us the games & # 39 ;.

Now, although the top clubs have so many players in their books that not all play as much as one game a week, they are seen as at risk of psychological disturbances. Apparently, even the current mode for team rotation instead of your best team in every race they are suitable for is not enough to alleviate the psychological burden.

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Hence the social media ridicule that explicitly reminds football that real stress is the inability to live and feed a family with the minimum wage, which for many requires day and night work with two or three manual jobs.

Premier League footballers must not only count their money, but also their blessings.

However, this specific contamination delves deeper into the nature of modern society. The rise of footballers in the artificial realm of the celebrity of pop stars has developed in many of them – no matter how well or how badly they play the game – an absurdly blown up sense of self-right.

They pay lip service to the supporters – partly by applauding the charity of them at the end of games, and partly by lobbying a few charities – while in reality their high regard for themselves separates them from the fans who ultimately pay their astronomical wages by buying tickets, TV subscriptions and merchandise.

Now the clubs are depriving believers of their weekly football fix by having their players swan on vacation or taking them to training camps in sunnier areas.

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Jurgen Klopp is the loudest advocate of turning off the brightest source of light for football fans while the winter in January is dark. Not only have his stars been excused for Liverpool's FA Cup repeat against Shrewsbury, which now has to meet reserves and juniors, but the manager will also not turn up at Anfield.

Too many of a kind? Hard to believe, because Klopp looks as crazy as a hat. Gloriously so, namely, and neither Liverpool nor the English game want him in a different way.

As far as Premier League players are concerned, it is really more frightening to play fewer games for bigger fortunes than those in the lower divisions struggling for results to sustain their daily livelihood and that will stay that way in the prevailing cold.

This unwanted rush to a winter break got its last boost from the need for FA Cup repeats, such as those from Liverpool against Shrewsbury.

This in turn has stepped up the pressure for the most historic cup competition in football to be abolished, a movement devised by the top clubs that handle weakened teams in those matches.

Their argument is that despite massive squadrons to rotate, the boys play too many games. How is this for a solution?

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To prevent repetition, draw the lower club – be it in the division or out of the competitions – at home in every round. And in the case of a Premier League team against a minnow, have it pay compensation to the smaller club up to the gate value of a replay in the larger stadium.

Then play that tie by extra time and penalties if necessary.

That would keep the big boys honest and support the traditional romance of the cup.



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The top 10 footballers that have racked up the most transfer fees in history


The transfer window offers football clubs the opportunity to shake things up and improve their squadrons in hopes of a better future.

Thanks to the summer and winter windows, players can also start again, continue their careers and simply earn more money. There are a number of players who are in great demand that clubs will break the bank to get their names on the books. Here, Sportsmail looks at the top 10 players who have collected the most in transfer costs so far.

10. Gonzalo Higuain – £ 143m

Since leaving River Plate on New Year's Day in 2007, Gonzalo Higuain has enjoyed a career full of trophies throughout Europe.

He left Argentina in a £ 10.8m movement for Real Madrid, where he won three La Liga titles in a six-year period.

Higuain then made the move east across the continent to join Napoli at 35m before his exploitation in Naples saw him move to rivals Juventus with as much as £ 81 million.

Loan moves to AC Milan and Chelsea would eventually increase the total transfer fees of Higuain to £ 143 million, making him the 10th most expensive player in history.

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Loan fee: £ 7.02 m
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AC Milan

Loan: £ 9.18 m
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2013-14 July 27, 2013 Real Ma drid Napoli [3545m]
January 1, 2007 River plate Real Madrid £ 10.8 m
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9. Zlatan Ibrahimovic – £ 152m

The expression & # 39; been there, done and received the t-shirt & # 39; couldn't fit Zlatan Ibrahimovic better.

The 38-year-old has been everywhere in a 20-year career in which he has won national titles in Italy, Spain, France and the Netherlands along with a never-ending list of personal awards to his name.

After his £ 14 million move from Ajax to Juventus in 2004, Ibrahimovic became a household name, but after a difficult second season in Turin, Inter Milan came knocking on the door and the Swede signed for £ 22 million.

After helping Inter win three consecutive national titles, Barcelona called and Ibrahimovic joined the Catalan giants in a deal worth £ 62 million.

Relocation to AC Milan and PSG later in his career contributed only to his combined transfer costs totaling £ 152 million.

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AC Milan Free transfer
2017-18 March 23, 2018 Man Utd LA Galaxy Free transfer
2016-17 July 1, 2016 PSG Male Utd Free transfer
2012-13 AC Milan PSG £ 18.9 m
July 1, 2011 Barcelona AC Milan £ 21.6m

] 2010-11 June 30, 2011 AC Milan Barcelona End of loan

August 28, 2010 Barcelona AC Milan Loan: £ 5.4m
2009-10 July 27, 2009 Inter Milan Barcelona £ 62.55m
August 10, 2006 Juventus Inter Milan £ 22.32m
2004-05 Ajax Juventus £ 14.4 m
July 1, 2001 Malmö Ajax £ 7 , 02 m
Total transfer costs: £ 152.19m

8. Philippe Coutinho – £ 153 million

Philippe Coutinho dominated the headlines while staying connected to a money raging motion away from Liverpool.

Coutinho made no secret that after five great years he wanted to come to Anfield near Barcelona.

He finally got his wish and joined the Catalan giants in a deal worth £ 130 million.

The dazzling compensation is the main reason why Coutinho comes in eighth place, with £ 20 million in other transfer deals that contribute to the total accumulation of the Brazilian.

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2019-20 August 19, 2019 ] Bayern Münche n Loan: £ 7.65 m
2017-18 January 6, 2018 Liverpool Barcelona [13045m]

2012-13 January 30, 2013 Inter Milan Liverpool £ 11.7m 2011-12 ] June 30, 2012 Espanyol Inter Milan End of loan
2011-12 January 30, 2012 Inter Milan Espanyol

Loan
2009-10 June 30, 2010 Vasco da Gama Inter Milan End of loan

2008-09 July 2, 2008 Inter Milan Vasco da Gama Loan
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July 1, 2008 Vasco U17 Inter Milan £ 3.42 m
Total transfer costs: £ 153.27m

7 Antoine Griezmann – £ 156m

Antoine Griezmann has only been moved twice in his career, but those two movements are enough to give him a place on this list.

The Frenchman graduated from the Real Sociedad Academy in 2009 and went on to enjoy five years in the higher side at the Anoeta Stadium.

His performances on the wing and in the middle caught the attention of Atletico Madrid, who shot £ 48 million to bring him to the capital in 2014.

Griezmann flourished as one of & # 39; The world's best centers forward and flourished under Diego Simeone and was associated with club relocations.

After a long and controversial transfer saga, Barcelona agreed to pay its £ 108 million buyout clause.

The 28-year-old still finds his feet in the Nou Camp, but his big money movements have found him on this list.

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5 = Angel Di Maria – £ 161m

This is the first of our three current PSG stars on the list and it is the Argentinian winger Angel Di Maria

The 31-year-old burst in 2007 in the scene with Benfica after his £ 7m move from Rosario.

Three stellar years in Portugal saw Real Madrid come to call, who seced £ 30m to take him to Bernabeu.

However, Di Maria made headlines in 2014 when he was part of one of the most expensive transfers when he moved his £ 67.5 million to Manchester United – the highest amount ever paid by a British club.

After receiving the No. 7 shirt, the expectation and price tag seemed too heavy for r Di Maria & # 39; s shoulders and only a year later they were shipped to PSG in another expensive move.

The French champions shot out £ 56 million for Argentina internationally, making him one of the most expensive players of all time.

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£ 7.2m
Total transfer rates: £ 161.1 million

5 = Alvaro Morata – £ 161m

Alvaro Morata joins this star-studded list at a technical point because one of his big money movements isn't actually it yet did not happen.

In July later this year, the Spaniard completes his permanent move to Atletico Madrid from Chelsea for £ 50 million, making him the fifth most expensive player in history alongside Di Maria.

Morata's journey in football began in the ranks of Atletico Madrid before he finally found his way through the city to Real, where he presented his professional debut in football.

He was sold to Juventus for £ 18 million in 2014 before Realizing the error of their ways and bought it back two years later for £ 9m more than what they had sold it for.

Los Blancos, however, earned his money back, and a little more, when she brought him to Chelsea for a whopping £ 60 million in the summer of 2017.

Morata at Stamford didn't quite succeed Bridge and now enjoy a two-year loan in Atletico, where he will complete his permanent transfer this summer.

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Jul 1, 2020 Chelsea Atletico Madrid £ 50.40m
2018-19 January 28, 20 19 Chelsea Atletico Madrid Loan money: £ 6.3m
2017-18 July 21, 2017 Real Madrid Chelsea £ 59.4m
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£ 27m

2014-15 July 19, 2014 Real Madrid Juventus

Total transfer costs: £ 161.1m

4. Kylian Mbappe – £ 162m

At the tender age of 21, Kylian Mbappe is already the fourth most expensive player in history.

The prodigy came through the ranks in Monaco and has continued to become one of the most exciting prospects in the game and has already drawn comparisons with Ronaldo Nazario by Jose Mourinho.

His explosive pace, raw talent impeccable finish saw him at the top of the transfer wish list of every major club in Europe, but it was Paris Saint-Germain who won the race to secure his services.

After a first loan period with PSG that brought them back £ 31.5 million, Mbappe completed its permanent £ 130 million moves to the Paris club in the summer of 2018, making him one of the few sold for a amount of nine digits.

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2017-18 August 31, 2017 Monaco

PSG Loan fee: £ 31.5m
Total transfer costs: £ 162m

3. Romelu Lukaku – £ 183 million

In the meantime have you noticed that this list consists of attackers and attackers, because it is players who always go for a premium.

Objectives cost money and that is exactly what you get with Romelu Lukaku.

The Belgian attacker has an impressive record wherever he goes, with so far 203 goals in 436 club appearances.

His impressive job record has pushed up his price over the years and has been sold for over £ 50 million on two different occasions.

Manchester United paid Everton £ 76 million for his services in 2017 before sending him to Inter Milan last summer for a value of £ 60 million.

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Male Utd £ 76.23m
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Everton Loan fee: £ 3.15 m
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Chelsea End of loan
2012-13 August 10, 2012 Chelsea

West Brom

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2011- 12 August 8, 2011 Anderlecht Chelsea £ 13.5m
Total transfer costs: £ 183.2m

2. Cristiano Ronaldo – £ 207 m

It would not be a top 10 list without Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Portuguese pioneer has won trophies everywhere but has not been cheap.

Ronaldo was introduced as a replacement for David Beckham in Manchester United in 2003 and then established himself as a world-class player before securing a record-breaking move to Real Madrid in 2009.

Bernabeu, where he became one of the greatest of all time and made an inscrutable 450 goals in 438 games.

After winning five Champions League titles with Los Blancos, Ronaldo Real called and completed on £ 105 million moving to Juventus in 2018 at the age of 33.

His move to Turin is the highest amount a club has ever paid for a player over 30 and remains the highest compensation paid by an Italian club.

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1. Neymar – £ 279m

There was only one man who could surpass this list and it had to To be Neymar.

The Brazilian superstar destroyed the transfer record more than two years ago and it is still mind-boggling looking back at what happened in the summer of 2017.

Since Neymar & # 39; s stunning £ 199 million move, the transfer market has not been the same, with average prices now through the roof making clubs have to fork and much more compared to the prices of the past.

And while his world record moves to PSG, he would almost have earned him the first place on this list, his move from Santos to the Nou Camp in 2013 sees him comfortably crowning the most expensive football player .

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Juventus £ 105.3 m
2009-10 July 1, 2009 Man Utd

Real Madrid £ 84.6 m
2003-04 August 12, 2003 Sporting CP

Male Utd £ 17.1m
Total transfer costs: £ 207m
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Former footballers to be tested for early signs of dementia in trailblazing project


Former footballers are tested with advanced technology for early signs of dementia in new project

  • Former footballers are offered a new dementia test in pioneering university project
  • A study recently revealed that former players were five times more likely to suffer from Alzheimer's disease than the average person
  • Former players are also three and a half years old times more likely to die of dementia

By Mike Keegan for the daily post

Former footballers are being tested for early signs of early signs of dementia in a pioneering university project.

Last year, a study in Scotland showed that former players were five times more likely to suffer from Alzheimer's than the average person and three and a half times more likely to die from dementia, amid concerns about the impact of the headlines.

Now researchers from the University of East Anglia have launched a program that uses advanced technology to investigate what appears to be a worrying situation link. A university team will test former football players for early signs of dementia that they say are identifiable & long before memory problems or other noticeable symptoms become visible.

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They want to raise £ 1 million for the research and hope that 10 percent of it will be funded by the public.

Principal Investigator Dr. Michael Gray, of UEA & # 39; s School of Health Sciences, explained: & # 39; We Now we know that there is a much higher risk of dementia among former professional football players, and we think that this is related to repetitive headlines. We do not know whether this also extends to the amateur level. & # 39;

Dr. Gray added that the project hoped to follow former volunteers for many years. & # 39; There will be many football players who are understandably very concerned about their future, & # 39; he said. "We will work with former professional players to examine and monitor their brain health over time and we hope to be able to follow them for the rest of their lives."

Former players in the East of England are the first to participate in the SCORES project (screening of cognitive results after repeated exposure to the head in sport) before the research is rolled out later this year.

Former Norwich City attacker Iwan Roberts, who played and lands more than 600 matches for the club, has been supporting the project. & # 39; I have played professionally for 20 years and played many balls in that period, & # 39; he said. "I want to see if there is anything to worry about in the near future."

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& # 39; It is always important to improve and improve things, & # 39; he said. "The game has improved, balls are lighter, but the modern player is still at risk for this type of illness."

Roberts, 51, also worried about admission to the ball in the youth game. & # 39; We do not know how young children handle the ball, & # 39; he explained. "Personally, I think (head of the ball) should be banned from a certain age."

Former professional players – both men and women – over 50 years of age are being sought for the study, along with active non-football players also over the age of 50.

The original study was conducted by the University of Glasgow after previous claims Bromwich Albion and England striker Jeff Astle died due to repeated head injury.

It compared deaths of 7,676 former players to 23,000 from the general population and were commissioned by the Football Association and the Professional Footballers & # 39; Association, after delays in the first survey, Astle & # 39; s family had made angry.

To participate, visit www.scoresproject.org . Send an email to scoresproject@uea.ac.uk

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119 footballers earned England caps in the 2010s – here is EVERY single one 


It's the decade roller coaster to be a England Fan

In the last decade For a long time four managers – Fabio Capello, Roy Hodgson, Sam Allardyce and Gareth Southgate – were in charge of five major tournaments.

Capello resigned from England boss in February 2012 after John Terry was stripped of the English captain, while Allardyce cam and went between Hodgson and Southgate after Out Caught in the Daily Telegraph .

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A semi-final appearance at last year's World Cup under Southgate was undoubtedly the high point of the decade with the lowest lows that both came under Hodgson, while England was dumped in the group stage at the 2014 World Cup and was defeated by little Iceland in the first knock-out phase of Euro 2016.

In total, 119 players appeared for England in the last decade, some of which went by household names and 22 as one-cap wonders – even as some of h and have opportunities to add to their caps in the next decade.

Here, Sportsmail lists every player who has played for England in the last decade, with the year in which they are named under the year in which they gave their last performance.

2010 (MANAGER: FABIO CAPELLO)

The tournament winner is always restless and 2010 was no different despite Capello's continued job after the 4-1 World Cup competition through Germany. Ten from Capello & # 39; s World Cup squad never played for England again after 2010, while the debuts he handed over to strikers Carlton Cole, Kevin Davies and Jay Bothroyd proved to be the highlight of their international career.

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Name Caps Goals Position Club at the time of the last cap Current club
Emile Heskey 62

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7 Striker Aston Villa
Joe Cole 56 10 Winger Chelsea
David James 53 0 goalkeeper Portsmouth
Peter Crouch 42 22 Striker Tottenham Retired
Jamie Carragher 38 0 Defender withdrawn
Shaun Wright-Phillips 36 6 Winger Retired
Wes Brown 23 1 Defender Manchester United Retired
Ledley King 21 2 Defender Tottenham Retired
Matthew Upson 21 2 West Ham withdrawn
Carlton Cole 7 West Ham withdrawn
Stephen Warnock 2 Defender Aston Villa Retired
Davies 1 0 Striker Bolton withdrawn
Jay Bothroyd 1 0 Striker Cardiff Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo
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2011 (MANAGER: FABIO CAPELLO)

2011 saw serene progress for England in the Euro 2012 qualification, although caretakers of Darren Bent and Ferdinand River England would both end due to injury problems. West Ham winger Matt Jarvis made his England-only appearance and Bobby Zamora would have another chance not to get the game to advance his claim.

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West Ham

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Name Caps Goals Position Club at the time of the last cap Current club
Ferdinand River 81 3 Defender Manchester United
Darren Bent 13 4 Striker Aston Villa Retired
Scott Carson 4 0 Keeper West Brom Manchester City
Michael Dawson 4 0 Defensive Tottenham Nottingham Forest
Bobby Zamora 2 0 Striker Fulham withdrawn
Matt Jarvis 1 0 Winger Unattached
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2012 (MANAGER: Capello / Roy Hodgson)

When Roy Hodgson stepped in C Appello resigned lead England at Euro 2012 where they were knocked out for the penalties passing through Italy in the quarterfinals. Veterans Terry and Gareth Barry played their last games for England, while a series of young people were bleeding with varying degrees of success towards the end of the year.

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Name Caps Goals position Club at the time of the last cap Current club
John Terry 78 6 Defender Chelsea
Gareth Barry 53 3 Midfielder Manchester
Micah Richards 13 1 Defensive Manchester City Retired
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Adam Johnson 12 2 Winger Manchester City Apart from
Andy Carroll 9 2 Striker Liverpool Newcastle
Tom Huddlestone 4 0 Midfielder Tottenham Derby
Fraizer Campbell 1 0 Striker Sunderland Huddersfield
Martin Kelly 1 0 Defender Liverpool Crystal Pala c
John Ruddy 1 0 Goalkeeper Norwich Wolves
Steven Caulker 1 1 Defender Swansea Alanyaspor
Ryan Shawcross 1 0 Defender Stoke Stoke
Carl Jenkinson 1 0 Defender Arsenal Nottingham Forest
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Now that Hodgson settled in his work and built for the World Cup, there were fewer experiments in 2013. Wilfried Zaha would play his last game in England and later switch to play for Ivory Coast because both caps were in friendly games, while Tom Cleverley's run ended when he lost his place in Manchester United.

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LAST ENGLAND appearance in 2013
Name Caps Goals Position Club at the time of the last cap Current club
Joleon Lescott 26

1 Defender Manchester City
Aaron Lennon 21 0 Winger Tottenham Burnley
Scott Parker 18 0 midfielder Tottenham retired
Tom Cleverley 13 0 Midfielder Manchester United Watford
Jack Rodwell 3 0 midfielder Manchester City Apart from
Leon Osman 2 0 Midfielder Everton Withdrawn
Wilfried Zaha 2 0 Winger Crystal Palace Crystal Palace
Jay Rodriguez 1 0 Striker Southampton Burnley
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2014 (MANAGER: Roy Hodgson)

England & # 39; s World Cup in 2014 was a huge disappointment As They were eliminated in the group stage after defeats by Italy and Uruguay. Legends Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard withdrew from England after the tournament, while fellow centurion Ashley Cole stopped before being left out of the team. The first-choice Liverpool full-backs Glen Johnson and Jon Flanagan also played their last matches in England in 2014.

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Name Caps Goals Position Club at the time of the last l Current club
Steven Gerrard 114 21 midfielder Liverpool withdrawn
Ashley Cole 107 Defender Chelsea withdrawn
Frank Lampard 106 29 midfielder Chelsea withdrawn
54 1 Defender Liverpool withdrawn
35 0 Winger West Ham Blackburn
11 3 Striker Liverpool withdrawn
3 0 Defender arsenal Arsenal
Jon Flanagan 1 0 Def ender Liverpool Rangers
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2015 (MANAGER: ROY HODGSON)

The young team that Hodgson had collected for the World Cup remained largely together for the build-up to Euro 2016, with veterans Michael Carrick and Leighton Baines making their last appearances. Ryan Mason, who is now retiring after breaking his skull during the competition, made his only appearance.

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Name Caps Goals Position Club at the time of the last l Current club
Michael Carrick 34 0 midfielder Manchester United End of career
Leighton Baines 30 1

Defender Everton Everton
Kieran Gibbs 10 0 Defender Arsenal West Brom
Jonjo Shelvey 6 Midfielder Swansea Newcastle
Ryan Mason 1 0

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Danny mingen 1 0 Striker Liverpool
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2016 (MANAGER: Roy Hodgson / SAM Allardyce / Gareth Southgate)

another tournament y ear, another turbulent year. Hodgson left after the shameful defeat of Iceland and Allardyce lasted only two games. James Milner withdrew from international service after Euro 2016, while Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott fell out of favor under Southgate.

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LAST ENGLAND appearance in 2016
Name Caps Goals Position Club at the time of the last cap Current club
James Milner 61 1 Midfielder Liverpool Liverpool
Theo Walcott 47 8 Winger Arsenal
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Nathaniel Clyne 14 0 Defender Liverpool Liverpool
Andros Townsend 13 Winger Newcastle

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Fraser Forster 6 0 Keeper Southampton Celtic
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2017 (MANAGER: Gareth Southgate)

Joe Hart's downfall of one of the world's best keepers to substitute West Ham saw him axed from the England squad Southgate built toward the World Cup. Chris Smalling was eased in favor of Harry Maguire, while Daniel Sturridge decay saw him fall outside the claim in 2017. Burnley midfielder Jack Cork would do well to add his one cap considering the talent que has emerged since his debut.

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Joe Hart 75 0 Goalkeeper West Ham

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Jermain Defoe 57 20 Striker Sunderland
Chris Smalling 31 1 Defender Manchester United Rome
Daniel Sturridge 26 8 Striker Liverpool Trabzonspor
Ryan Bertrand 19 Defending Southampton

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Jake Livermore 7 Midfielder

West Brom West Brom
Tom Heaton 3 0 Keeper Burnley Aston Villa
Aaron Cresswell 3 0 Defender West Han West Ham
Nathan Redmond 1 0 Winger Southampton Southampton
Jack Cork 1 0 Midfielder

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Dominic Solanke 1 0 Striker Liverpool

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2018 (MA NAGER: Gareth Southgate)

Southgate built on England & # 39; s World Cup success by easing October older statesmen Gary Cahill, Ashley Young, Phil Jones and Jamie Vardy bring young people in and expand England's playing style. Wayne Rooney was dropped by Southgate the year before the World Cup, but got a farewell appearance against the US in November 2018. Four debutants still add to their first cap, with Watford midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah looking the likely least to the OS.

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Name Caps Goals Position Club at the time of the last cap Current club
Wayne Rooney 120

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Danny Welbeck 42 16 Arsenal Watford
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34 3 Liverpool Liverpool
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Ruben Loftus-Wang 10 0 Chelsea Chelsea
Jack Butland 0 Stoke Stoke
Luke Shaw 8 0 Manchester United Manchester United
James Tarkowski 2 0 Burnley Burnley
Lewis Cook 1 0 Bournemouth Bournemouth
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Alex McCarthy 1 Southampton So uthampton
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2019 (MANAGER: GARETH SOUTHGATE)

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LAST ENGLAND verschijning in 2019
Naam Caps Goals Positie Club op het moment van de laatste l Huidige club
Yanni Sterling 56 12 Winger Manchester City Manchester City
Jordan Henderson 55 0 middenvelder Liverpool Liverpool
Kyle Walker 48 0 Defender Manchester Manchester
Harry Kane 45 32 Striker Tottenham Tottenham
Eric Dier 40

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John Stones 39 2 Defender Manchester City Manchester City
Marcus Rashford 38 10 Striker Manchester United Manchester United
Dele Alli 37 3 Midfielder Tottenham Tottenham
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 35 7 Midfielder Liverpool[1 9459027]

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Ross Barkley 33 6 Midfielder Chelsea Chelsea
Danny Rose 29 0 Defender Tottenham Tottenham
Harry Maguire 26 1 Defender Manchester United Manchester United
Jesse Lingard 24 4 Winger Manchester United Manchester United
Jordan Pickford 24 0 Goalkeeper Everton Evert on
Fabian Delph 20 0 Midfielder Everton Everton
Kieran Trippier 19 1 Defender Atletico Madrid Atletico Madrid
Jadon Sancho 11 2 Winger Borussia Dortmund Borussia Dortmund
Ben Chilwell 11 0 Defender Leicester Leicester
Michael Keane 10 1 De fender Everton Everton
Trent Alexander-Arnold 9 1 Defender Liverpool Liverpool
Joe Gomez 8 0 Defender Liverpool Liverpool
Declan Rice 7 0 Midfielder West Ham West Ham
Mason Mount 6 1 Midfielder Chelsea Chelsea
Harry Winks 6 1 Midfielder Tottenham Tot tenham
Tammy Abraham 4 1 Striker Chelsea Chelsea
Callum Wilson 4 1 Striker Bournemouth Bournemouth
Callum Hudson-Odoi 3 0 Winger Chelsea Chelsea
Tyrone Mings 2 0 Defender Aston Villa Aston Villa
Nick Pope 2 0 Goalkeeper Burnley Burnley
James Ward-P rowse 2 0 Midfielder Southampton Southampton
James Maddison 1 0 Midfielder Leicester Leicester
Fikayo Tomori 1 0 Defender Chelsea Chelsea
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Sportsmail concludes its countdown of the top 50 footballers of the DECADE


Three World Cups, six different Champions League winners and countless memorable competitions and performances. The years 2010 were strewn with football splendor for a decade.

The decade is coming to an end, Sportsmail asked our team of reporters: who have been their players of the 2010s? The results, formed from 27 responses combined to form the top 50 players, have been released in sections in the last five days.

The big questions were the four can Cristiano Ronaldo European cup wins and international success propel him above the genius of Lionel Messi ? Which Premier League stars combine it with the best of LaLiga? And where will the World Cup winners rank against the stars of the Champions League?

In the last episode the top 10 in Sportsmail & # 39; s are revealed and together with Messi and Ronaldo there is room for a free-scoring Polish striker, the Galician Welsh and the man it broke the decade of dominance of Balloon d & # 39; Or .

10. Robert Lewandowski – Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich, Poland

Robert Lewandowski has had an incredible decade.

Take his Bundesliga statistics for himself: 221 goals in 307 matches. The man simply cannot stop scoring and for those in Bavaria – and those in Poland – it can go on for a long time.

At the beginning of the decade, Lewandowski was ready to fire Borussia Dortmund in successive titles at Bayern's expense in 2010-11 and 2011-12. He went and added the Bundesliga gold boot price the following season.

He makes records evaporate with every passing week, it seems, and who can forget his five-goal blitz against Wolfsburg in September 2015? That memory a bit blurry? Go dig out the highlights. Really sublime.

Lewandowski already has 30 goals this season and it is not even January 1. The man is a kind of striking Frankenstein.

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Robert Lewandowski is one of the best – and most productive – strikers of the decade

9. Gareth Bale – Tottenham, Real Madrid, Wales

Depending on who you ask, Gareth Bale scored the biggest goal in the Champions League. final a year ago. If they don't go that far, they can at least admit that it is one of the goals of the past decade.

For Bale & # 39; s overhead kick-finish against Liverpool in Kiev to seal a third consecutive Champions League title for Real Madrid, the brilliance of a player who has been fairly unloved in recent years spoke. outside his native Wales.

It's not like it's been flopping since swapping North London for the sun-drenched capital of Spain. He has produced in the & # 39; link & # 39; moments.

The final of Copa del Rey, where he drives off the field and goes back to the beat Marc Barta and produces one of the best goals in the history of the competition. Then there was his extra-time header to break the hearts of Atletico Madrid in the 2014 Champions League final. His goal against Liverpool speaks for itself.

It is easy to mock Bale because of his inability to speak in Spanish or because of the freezing cold behavior outside the field. But after delivering an abundance of great trophies and helping Wales with their first major tournament since 1958 when they reached Euro 2016, Bale remains one of the largest of the decade.

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Gareth Bale produced one of the best goals ever in a Champions League final back in 2018

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The Welsh Galatico has been criticized by fans of Real Madrid, but has been staged at great moments

8. Xavi – Barcelona, ​​Al Sadd, Spain

Try to find someone who has a negative word about Xavi. It is a thankless task. The Spaniard left the Nou Camp as one of the best players ever to wear Barcelona colors and will remain in the club's history forever for years of service.

Xavi demonstrably deserves a higher rank on talent alone. But given that he left the club for Al Sadd in the Middle East in 2015, it would not be fair for him to escape a penalty stint at the top for half a decade.

His coolness in possession and his ability to find space and dictate time make him remembered as one of the greatest central midfielders of all time.

Thirteen awards with Barcelona in the decade – which includes four LaLiga titles, four UEFA Champions League trophies and two Copa del Rey victories – coincide with two European championships and a World Cup as leader for Spain.

Really one of the best sports and he is the benchmark for every future midfielder in Barcelona. That alone shows its stamp on the game.

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Xavi Hernandez is perhaps one of the most decorated players ever for Barcelona

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along Andres Iniesta (left) was Xavi a great asset, because he was the engine in their midfield

7. S ergio Aguero – Atletico Madrid, Manchester City, Argentina

Since its founding in 1992, the Premier League has been blessed with elite attackers. There was Alan Shearer, Andy Cole, Thierry Henry, Fernando Torres, Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, and a number of others.

But whatever happens in the coming years, Sergio Aguero has firmly established himself in the conversation for the biggest issue of the Premier League ever.

With 174 league goals to his name, no player has entered the top flight of England this decade and Aguero's ruthlessness since arriving from Atletico Madrid deserves a place in the top 10.

He delivered perhaps the most dramatic finish in English football history when he came to a halt against QPR for the first Manchester City league title under Roberto Mancini.

Mancini once described him & # 39; as a photocopy of Romario & # 39; and that praise was not dug out without merit. No Champions League medal or success with Argentina is all that is stopping Aguero now.

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Sergio Aguero is firmly in conversation to be the best import ever from the Premier League his

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Aguero (top right) has more Premier League goals scored than any other player this decade

6. Luis Suarez – Ajax, Liverpool, Barcelona, ​​Uruguay

Luis Suarez has not been controversial in his career, but that is his debauchery for the goal, he seems to have got away with it.

Here is a man, a & # 39; street fighter & # 39; if you want, that has three sections on its Wikipedia page that refer to incidents where he has bitten another opponent – the most famous of which cam against Italy at the 2014 World Cup.

Suarez jumped to Giorgio Chiellini and bit his shoulder – the Italian later showed the bite marks during his protest. Uruguay won a corner after the error was not awarded and they scored, sending them to the knockout stage and Italy.

But back to the field and the decade began in Liverpool and ends in Barcelona, ​​where his collaboration with Lionel Messi is something close to poetry. More than 250 club goals in 10 years tell their own story.

Suarez is one of the best strikers ever to play the game (even if his teeth can get a little carried away …)

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Luis Suarez has established himself as a freak of nature for club and country purpose

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A cult hero in Liverpool, Suar ez remains one of the best finishers ever in the decade

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5. Luka Modric – Tottenham, Real Madrid, Croatia

One of the biggest compliments that a Luka Modric fan can give is that the Croatian pass appears to see two or three phases before they arrive.

The reduced midfielder is well-rounded and gentle and shows elegance, rather than steel, for club and country.

Try it, Tottenham, who had it until 2012, simply couldn't hold a player who was destined to be at the European top table.

Real Madrid came to call and their move of £ 30 million now looks absolutely after some dedicated service period for the club.

There have been times when Modric's fitting accuracy hovers around 90 percent during the season. And no one can ignore his 2018 Balloon d & # 39; Or victory, breaking the Lionel Messi-Cristiano Ronaldo dominance.

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Luka Modric deserves the honor of being the man to break the dominant prize of the Balloon d & # 39; Or

4. Sergio Ramos – Real Madrid, Spain

Sergio Ramos is the player who likes to hate opponents, but does everything he can to have it on their own side.

Some call him a bully, others will say that he has an insatiable appetite for profit in every way possible.

It is proof that no one has even come close to beating him on the Bernabeu of his perch for the past 15 years. He is the foundation of the side and shows the signs of delay even at 33.

Take the work of this decade: four UEFA Champions League, four FIFA Club World Cups, two LaLiga titles, two Copa del Rey, two Spanish Super Cups, two European championships and the 2010 World Cup as the closing event.

He is one of the greatest captains of Real Madrid ever, is the record maker of Spain of all time and will act as a great performer – just don't ask Liverpool fans about that tackle on Mohamed Salah in Kiev …

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Rarely does a season pass without Sergio Ramos putting his hands on the major game trophies

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3. Andres Iniesta – Barcelona, ​​Spain

Without a doubt one of the most gifted midfielders of all time.

The graduate of La Masia emerged as a playmaker with an enormous technique and besides Xavi he played with a telepathy that few players would ever reach.

So good he was in his prime in Barcelona, ​​Iniesta looked to play the game at his own pace, dictating what happens when.

But his number 3 is because the Iniesta has played a leading role for Barcelona and for Spain. He stepped up to be the hero with the winning goal in the 2010 World Cup final, took over the 2011 and 2015 Champions League final and was an integral part of winning Euro 2012.

Fernando Torres famously said that he could not remember Iniesta & # 39; ever play badly & # 39; and that assessment feels pretty close to the truth. As he completes his career in Japan, Iniesta can think about a decade in which he has cemented himself among the pantheon of the greatest midfielders.

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The mainstay of the successful sides of Barcelona in the decade, Andres Iniesta really excelled

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Iniesta is always remember for h he scoring the winning goal in the 2010 World Cup Final

2. Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid, Juventus, Portugal

This was always difficult to call. The age-old debate by Ronaldo-Messi is enough to put a few groups of fans on the brink of a civil war.

Both are sensational, two of the best the game has ever played. But they had to come in second place and the reporters of Sportsmail voted the Portuguese in second place.

Ronaldo's greatest testament is that he has done it all over the continent.

He was an excellent goal scorer at Real Madrid and won three straight Champions League titles to make five throughout his career, before moving to Juventus, where he continued his domestic dominance to Series A last season to be canceled.

One of the biggest differences that Ronaldo fans use to beat Messi are international awards and there is no competition in that department.

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Cristiano Ronaldo remains a phenomenon and has become the biggest attraction in sport

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Five Champions League titles – four of them cam in this decade – distinguishes him from the rest

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International awards add weight to Ronaldo's success after winning Nations League

Ronaldo has convinced Portuguese that they can achieve greatness and he has played a leading role at supplying Euro 2016 and the Nations League in the summer.

After having scored more than 500 goals in all competitions for ten years, Ronaldo's numbers are no joke.

He is aging – apparently – but continues to defy gravity (see his header recently against Sampdoria) and it would be foolish to bet against him that he would call himself the best in the industry again if he drought the Champions League of Juventus ends before it is finished in Turin.

The 34-year-old has an airport named after him, chases an international scorecard, has won every honor you can ever imagine and is the most tradable sports star on the planet. His plea for a top position makes himself.

Nobody underestimates his greatness, but it may be that he retires that people really get how incredible a career Ronaldo has had.

1. Lionel Messi – Barcelona, ​​Argentina

It just had to be that way, right? The cunning Argentinian did not do so badly for himself in the 2010 years.

Just look at the numbers. Messi has scored 50 or more goals for club and country in nine of the last 10 years. That is absurd.

He scored 91 GOALS in 2012. 91 goals. No typing error. Messi is like nothing that anyone has seen before – or will see again.

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Lionel Messi established himself as the best player in his generation while in Barcelona

Toasting a new decade, Messi can think about 579 goals for Barcelona and Argentina in the period and 23 trophies to come along.

In the top five in Europe, no player has more assist than Messi in the 2010 with the Barcelona superstar who registered 136. His biggest challenger was Arsenal & # 39; s Mesut Ozil, with 111.

Still not convinced? OK, more Messi statistical madness.

He has lifted six European Golden shoes – for the top scorer in the top five in Europe – and finished the same number of times as the top scorer in LaLiga, equal to a record in the 1950s.

No one has won more matches in the top five in Europe in the last ten years than Messi.

The captain of Barcelona won 260 games and the second place was a teammate of his, Sergio Busquets.

In the interest of everyone else on the list, it is wise to close Messi's honor list there. But the Argentine is unquestionably an excellent choice as a player of the decade.

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He has a phenomenal decade ended by a record sixth Balloon d & # 39; Or award in Paris

So, who ranked 50 to 11?

50. Miroslav Klose – Bayern Munich, Lazio, Germany

49. Edinson Cavani – Napoli, Paris Saint-Germain, Uruguay

48. Antoine Griezmann – Real Sociedad, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, ​​France

47. Paul Pogba – Juventus, Manchester United, France

46. Iker Casillas – Real Madrid, Port, Spain

45. David de Gea – Atletico Madrid, Manchester United, Spain

44. John Terry – Chelsea, Aston Villa, England

43. Son Heung-min – Hamburg, Bayer Leverkusen, Spurs , South Korea

42. Steven Gerrard – Liverpool, LA Galaxy, England

41. Karim Benzema – Real Madrid, France

40. Franck Ribery – Bayern Munich, Fiorentina, France

39. Jamie Vardy – Halifax Town FC, Fleetwood Town, Leicester City, England

38. Diego Godin – Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan, Uruguay

37. Xabi Alonso – Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Spain

36. Kevin De Bruyne – Genk, Chelsea, Wolfsburg, Manchester City , Belgium

35. Angel Di Maria – Real Madrid, Manchester United, PSG, Argentina

34. Raheem Sterling – Liverpool, Manchester City, England

33. Andrea Pirlo – AC Milan, Juventus, New York City, Italy

32. Virgil van Dijk – Groningen, Celtic, Southampton, Liverpool, Holland

31. Vincent Kompany – Manchester City, Anderlecht, Belgium

30. Mohamed Salah – Al Mokawloon, Basel, Chelsea, Fiorentina (loan), Rome, Liverpool, Egypt

29. Giorgio Chiellini – Juventus, Italy

28. Marcelo – Real Madrid, Brazil

27. Yaya Toure – Barcelona, ​​Manchester City, Olympiacos, Quingdao Huan ghai, Ivory Coast

26. Wayne Rooney – Manchester United, Everton, DC United, England

25. Gianluigi Buffon – Juventus, PSG, Italy

24. Harry Kane – Tottenham, Leyton Orient (loan), Millwall (loan), Norwich (loan), Leicester (loan), England

23. Gerard Pique – Barcelona, ​​Spain

22. N & # 39; Golo Kante – Boulogne, Caen, Leicester, Chelsea, France

21. Sergio Busquets – Barcelona, ​​Spain

20. Arjen Robben – Bayern Munich, Holland

19. Kylian Mbappe – Monaco, PSG, France

18. Dani Alves – Barcelona, ​​Juventus, PSG, Sao Paulo, Brazil

17. Eden Hazard – Lille, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Belgium

16. Toni Kroos – Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Germany

15. Philipp Lahm – Bayern Munich, Germany

14. Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Barcelona, ​​AC Milan, PSG, Manchester United, LA Galaxy, Sweden

13. Manuel Neuer – Schalke, Bayern Munich, Germany

12. David Silva – Manchester City, Spain

11. Neymar – Santos, Barcelona, ​​PSG, Brazil



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Sportsmail continues its countdown of the top 50 footballers of the DECADE – 20 to 11


Three World Cups, six different Champions League winners and countless memorable competitions and performances. The years 2010 were strewn with football splendor for a decade.

The decade is coming to an end, Sportsmail asked our team of reporters: who have been their players of the 2010s? The results, formed from 27 responses, compiled to form the top 50 players, will be published in the next five days.

Can The four European cup wins and the international success of Cristiano Ronaldo propel him above the mercurial brilliance of Lionel Messi ? Which Premier League stars combine it with the best of LaLiga? And where will the World Cup winners be ranked against the stars of the Champions League?

The newest series of names, set between 20 and 11, includes a 21-year World Cup winner, a Brazilian who has lifted 26 trophies this decade and a jewel in the crown of Manchester City . Keep coming back to MailOnline for the complete list for the last five days of the decade

20. Arjen Robben – Bayern Munich, Holland

This Flying Dutchman had a characteristic movement that few others could match.

He would linger wide on the right, collecting a pass from a teammate before cutting inside and shooting on his left foot with deadly precision. It was completely predictable, but turned into one of the most unstoppable movements in football during the decade.

Try what they could, defenders simply couldn't stop the Bayern Munich veteran from the famous left of him and the damage was frequent and devastating.

Rightly regarded as one of the best wingers in the world in 2010, Robben picked up eight Bundesliga titles, five German cups, five German Super Cups, one Champions League, one UEFA Super Cup and ended in UEFA & # 39; s Team of the year twice.

His formidable & # 39; Roberry & # 39; partnership with Franck Ribery demonstrated the effectiveness of out-and-out wingers in a system and Bayern are still looking for a capable player to replace him.

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19. Kylian Mbappe – Monaco, PSG, France

When the duopoly of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo ends, all eyes will be on the question whether Kylian Mbappe takes the throne.

He has everything in his arsenal to suggest that he can be the new king. The new benchmark with which others are assessed.

It is easy to forget that Mbappe is still 21 and already has more than 100 career goals. Add to that three more Ligue 1 titles – his first in his breakout season at AS Monaco in 2016-17 – and the World Cup and Mbappe 2018 already have a CV and trophy case that many in the football world could only dream of .

Compared to a young Thierry Henry, the fearlessness of Mbappe is one of his greatest assets and he seems to thrive on the biggest stages.

The best is certainly yet to come and move forward to this list in ten years, Mbappe is a strong candidate for number 1.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Kylian Mbappe is a generation talent that could dominate football in the coming decade

18. Dani Alves – Barcelona, ​​Juventus, PSG, Sao Paulo, Brazil

This top 50-decade list is full of the best games, from England, Spain, Italy, France and beyond.

But it would have been a real injustice if the Brazilian full-back Dani Alves had not made the cut, because he has kneaded a trophy in 10 seasons enough to water someone's eyes.

After trading in LaLiga, Serie A, Ligue 1 and now back in his native Brazil, between 2010 and 2019, Alves lifted 26 trophies and noticed that he had almost no room left for all his awards when personal performance

Perhaps the largest full-back attack of his generation, he became an important piece of the puzzle in the dominant years of Barcelona at the start of the decade.

Trophies followed wherever he was and one could argue that his effectiveness and impact changed the way managers and fans see the full role.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= The Brazilian is synonymous with trophies wherever it is and lifted 26 in the decade

17 op. Eden Hazard – Lille, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Belgium

Despite his early struggle to see the decade past in Real Madrid, Eden Hazard is one of the most exciting players to adorn the Premier League in 2010s.

Few players were able to lift fans out of the seats like Hazard did with his regularity during his seven years at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea.

There was some knowledge among European football fans of him from the early days in Lille with Manchester United lost to Chelsea for his signature.

What happened when he arrived was a whirlwind when the Belgian turned and turned his way around the defenses as a participant on the Total Wipeout circuit.

Two Premier League titles, two FA Cup wins and two Europa League titles had a lot to do with their impact. And despite a reconstruction with the youth at its core, Hazard's greatest proof is that the impact is so strong in Chelsea right now.

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n 16. Toni Kroos – Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Germany

How would David Moyes's team have been in Manchester United if he had landed Toni Kroos? Really, nobody will know the answer. But what Kroos has done since that unsuccessful attempt at movement gives an idea of ​​how it would have gone.

The dominance of Real Madrid in the Champions League was built on a midfield that became the envy of the European elite.

Before the big one when Luka Modric was next to him, Kroos was a silky operator with a passing series who left rivals without reclaiming hope.

Chuck in the victory of the 2014 World Cup, where Germany popped up to beat Lionel Messi's Argentina, and Kroos will perish as one of the best central midfielders of the era.

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15. Philipp Lahm – Bayern Munich, Germany

Germany has had many stars in the last decade that may well claim to be on this list all by itself can make.

Kroos was the jewel of their midfield, but nobody embodied German efficiency and success like Phillip Lahm did.

Six Bundesliga titles might be laughed at given the overwhelming dominance of Bayern, but the World Cup and Champions League ensure that none of the big stars in the full-back links are all-round escapes.

He made over 500 appearances for Bayern before retiring and even managed to reinvent the wheel under Pep Guardiola when he was deployed as a defensive midfielder, rather than a full-back .

Avoided the headlines – unlike others on this list – and was an exemplary role model. One of the best professionals to cut here.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Phillip Lahm was an exemplary professional and consistency model for club and country

14. Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Barcelona, ​​AC Milan, PSG, Manchester United, LA Galaxy, Sweden

He may not agree with his final position – sorry, Zlatan – but Ibrahimovic is impossible to ignore when the question about the decade was asked.

Where Ibrahimovic goes, Ibrahimovic wins. And without sounding too much on the man himself, he has improved so many players and teams that it is frightening.

Add to that the man scored more than 250 goals in the period under review. A man-made machine of shorts scored goals for fun, often in the most outrageous way.

Even at the age of 38, he still found a man in demand before opting for an emotional return to AC Milan.

Twelve trophies at PSG saw him deserve divine status in the French capital before the Swede gave fans of Manchester United many good memories during his period at Old Trafford.

If this were a list of the most memorable and selfish players of the decade, Ibrahimovic would undoubtedly be in conflict with No. 1.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Even in LA Galaxy the goals did not dry up for Ibrahimovic despite his rolling years

13. Manuel Neuer – Schalke, Bayern Munich, Germany

Rightly considered the best goalkeeper on the planet during For much of the decade, Neuer is a no-brainer here.

His ability as a sweeper-keeper changed what many bosses thought was possible for a keeper and he was a revolutionary in changing the way the game is played.

Those such as Hugo Lloris and Ederson who came after him have shown a number of similarities that Neuer showed earlier in the decade and his remarkable performance levels are terribly consistent.

Since he won everything at his disposal for both Bayern Munich and Germany, his place as the highest ranked goalkeeper in our list was assured.

Although Ribery, Robben, Lahm and Bastian Schweinsteiger have left gaps over the years, finding a keeper who is able to fill the gloves left by Neuer – if he hangs them up – may be the most difficult of Bayern's job in years.

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<p> <noscript>] <img id= Long thought the best keeper on the planet in the decade, Manuel Neuer is a no-brainer

12. David Silva – Manchester City, Spain

For all Sergio Aguero goals – no player scored more Premier League goals than the Argentinian in this decade – There is something about the elegance and craftsmanship in David Silva's game that he has won so many admirers.

The Spaniard leaves the Etihad at the end of the 2019-20 season and it will turn out to be an emotional separation from the roads.

Silva arrived from Valencia in 2010 as part of the culture change at the club from a new rich side to a bunch of serial winners.

Four Premier League titles in Manchester, two FA Cups, four League Cups and then a World Cup with Spain in 2010 means that & # 39; Merlin & # 39 ;, the nickname for which he is lovingly known for being fond of enchanting skill in the center of the park, will be considered one of the best imports ever in the Premier League.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Popping up with Goals was not really his role, but he was vital in their successful decade

11. Neymar – Santos, Barcelona, ​​PSG, Brazil

Like him or her abhorrence, Neymar is a generation talent that simply could not be ignored when compiling this list.

The MSN combination he had in Barcelona with Messi and Luis Suarez borders on the unstoppable and there will have been defenders in LaLiga who endured sleepless nights before being confronted with those three years that passed by.

He remains the most expensive player on the planet after his £ 198 million – no matter how long that is, is a gamble.

The biggest hit against him is that since he moved to Paris, he has not delivered what he has had to achieve: the UEFA Champions League.

Neymar wanted to step out of the shadow of Messi, something he felt he could not do at the Nou Camp, and yet he slowly fell into a cast by Mbappe. He would have had to establish himself in the top 10 for talent alone, but a jumble since he left Spain makes him the first to miss out on the first order.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Now at PSG, he remains the most expensive player on the planet after his £ 198 million move

So who has Ranked 50 to 21?

50. Miroslav Klose – Bayern Munich, Lazio, Germany

49. Edinson Cavani – Napoli, Paris Saint-Germain, Uruguay

48. Antoine Griezmann – Real Sociedad, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, ​​France

47. Paul Pogba – Juventus, Manchester United, France

46. Iker Casillas – Real Madrid, Port, Spain

45. David de Gea – Atletico Madrid, Manchester United, Spain

44. John Terry – Chelsea, Aston Villa, England

43. Son Heung-min – Hamburg, Bayer Leverkusen, Spurs , South Korea

42. Steven Gerrard – Liverpool, LA Galaxy, England

41. Karim Benzema – Real Madrid, France

40. Franck Ribery – Bayern Munich, Fiorentina, France

39. Jamie Vardy – Halifax Town FC, Fleetwood Town, Leicester City, England

38. Diego Godin – Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan, Uruguay

37. Xabi Alonso – Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Spain

36. Kevin De Bruyne – Genk, Chelsea, Wolfsburg, Manchester City , Belgium

35. Angel Di Maria – Real Madrid, Manchester United, PSG, Argentina

34. Raheem Sterling – Liverpool, Manchester City, England

33. Andrea Pirlo – AC Milan, Juventus, New York City, Italy

32. Virgil van Dijk – Groningen, Celtic, Southampton, Liverpool, Holland

31. Vincent Kompany – Manchester City, Anderlecht, Belgium

30. Mohamed Salah – Al Mokawloon, Basel, Chelsea, Fiorentina (loan), Rome, Liverpool, Egypt

29. Giorgio Chiellini – Juventus, Italy

28. Marcelo – Real Madrid, Brazil

27. Yaya Toure – Barcelona, ​​Manchester City, Olympiacos, Quingdao Huan ghai, Ivory Coast

26. Wayne Rooney – Manchester United, Everton, DC United, England

25. Gianluigi Buffon – Juventus, PSG, Italy

24. Harry Kane – Tottenham, Leyton Orient (loan), Millwall (loan), Norwich (loan), Leicester (loan), England

23. Gerard Pique – Barcelona, ​​Spain

22. N & # 39; Golo Kante – Boulogne, Caen, Leicester, Chelsea, France

21. Sergio Busquets – Barcelona, ​​Spain



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Three World Cups, six different Champions League winners and countless memorable competitions and performances. The years 2010 were strewn with football splendor for a decade.

When the decade came to an end, Sportsmail asked our team of reporters: who were their players from the 2010s? The results, consisting of 27 responses compiled to form the top 50 players, will be published in the next five days.

Can Four European Cup victories by Cristiano Ronaldo and international success propel him above the mercurial brilliance of Lionel Messi ? Which Premier League stars combine it with the best from La ​​Liga ? And where will the World Cup winners rank against the stars of the Champions League?

Friday we have navigated by names 50-49 but 40-31 has two current world champions and five men who have played in the Premier League. Keep coming back to MailOnline for the full list for the last five days of the decade.

40. Franck Ribery – Bayern Munich, Fiorentina, France

Ribery is another victim of the excellent consistency of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi and would certainly be a Balloon d & # 39; Or won if it had not been for their excellence.

In addition to Arjen Robben, the former French international formed half of & # 39; Robbery & # 39 ;, one of the most feared broad pairs in world football.

Ribery spent 12 years in Bayern between 2007 and 2019 and amassed an incredible distance of 124 goals in 425 goals, as well as 182 assists, most of whom came in the last decade.

The attacking exploits of the 36-year-old also helped Bayern to become Champions League glory in 2013, as well as nine Bundesliga titles and six German cups. He is now on the books at Fiorentina in Series A – albeit with a long-term injury.

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<p> <noscript>] <img id= Franck Ribery left Bayern Munich at the end of last season after a beautiful 12 years with the club

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Ribery left Fiorentina with his name firmly etched in German football history

39. Jamie Vardy – Halifax Town FC, Fleetwood Town, Leicester City, England

At the start of the decade, Jamie Vardy was a non-league footballer who scored goals for Stocksbridge Park Steels before his incredible advance through the

In his productive goal record, he was broken by FC Halifax Town in 2010 before continuing to Fleetwood Town a year later and transporting According to Leicester City in 2012.

Since joining the Foxes seven years ago, Vardy has developed into one of the best strikers in Europe and is now the 29th highest scorer in the history of the Premier League with 97 top flight targets.

The 32-year-old was also one of the key figures behind the incredible Premier League title-winning success of the Foxes in 2015 and fired the club to join the table this season.

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<p> <noscript>] <img id= Vardy scored 97 Premier League goals and fired Leicester to second place in the table

38. Diego Godin – Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan, Uruguay

In the past decade, technically gifted middle backs have been sought after in raw materials in world football – but Diego Goddess is a return to a simpler time.

The Uruguayan is a traditional defender of blood and guts who was the leader of one of the best defenses in European football in Atletico Madrid between 2010 and 2019.

Goddess won La Liga, the Europa League and the Spanish Super Cup in his nine years with Athletic and the America & # 39; s Cup with Uruguay to underline his reputation as one of the best defenders of the game.

The 33-year-old finally left Athletic last summer and is now playing his football in Serie A with Inter Milan, where he helped them make an impressive start to the season because they want to end Juventus' dominance.

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37. Xabi Alonso – Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Spain

Looking back, Rafa Benitez & # 39; s strive for Gareth Barry as an upgrade on Liverpool Xabi Alonso closer to a fictional work than reality.

That lengthy (and ultimately unsuccessful) pursuit led Alonso to join Real Madrid in 2008 and spent the first four years of the last decade winning trophies in Spain.

Alonso won the Champions League, La Liga and the Rey del Rey twice in his time at the Bernabeu before they left for another trophy-laden spell in Bayern Munich.

The midfielder, who is perhaps the best passer in our Top 50, also enjoyed international success with Spain, winning the World Championship 2010 and the European Championship in 2012.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= The midfielder went on to Bayern Munich, where he enjoyed even more success

36. Kevin De Bruyne – Genk, Chelsea, Wolfsburg, Manchester City, Belgium

Jose Mourinho must still have sleepless nights about his decision to sell Kevin De Bruyne in 2014 to Wolfsburg after appearing only three times for the Blues

Van Bruyne immediately became a hit in the Bundesliga and made a quick return to the Premier League when he arrived at Manchester City in 2015.

For the past four years, De Bruyne has been the club's star artist, thriving like a winger before being turned into a midfielder ball by Pep Guardiola

His dazzling series of passing and hunger to spectacular goals, City has helped to achieve two Premier League titles, Three League Cups and one FA Cup success.

It has also established its reputation as one of the best midfielders in the history of the Premier League, with only the timing of its rise that prevented it from continuing to appear on our list.

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35. Manuel Neuer – Schalke, Bayern Munich, Germany

When fans are questioned about their position in it decade team, Bayern Munich and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer will get the votes.

The German shot-stopper has been a model of consistency since he performed at the Allianz Arena in Schalke in 2011.

Since then, he has not dominated any place for club and country and has shown his class by keeping talented players such as Marc Andre ter Stegen at bay for so long.

At the age of 33, he remains far from the end of his career and was stuck in this list of decade stars.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Manuel Neuer has been a Of the striking artists of Bayern Munich.

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34. Raheem Sterling – Liverpool, Manchester City, England

At the age of 25 Raheem Sterling is one of the youngest players in our top 50, but already one of the most influential.

Sterling made its first team debut for Liverpool in 2012, but made the controversial decision to leave Anfield in 2015 for Manchester City.

The winger was accused of coming to City for money, but the amount of silverware he has since acquired has earned his

Sterling has won two Premier League titles, the FA Cup and three League Cups, and has since become England's talisman.

With its peak years still far away, there is every chance that Sterling could be high on this list in 10 years.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Raheem Sterling has won two Premier League titles since joining to Manchester City in 2015

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33. Andrea Pirlo – AC Milan, Juventus, New York City, Italy

Despite his retirement in 2017 and the last one Spending two years of his career with his trading in MLS near New York City, Andrea Pirlo just had to be on our list.

Pirlo & # 39; s best years were supposed to be behind him when he left AC Milan for a free transfer in 2011, but Juventus thought differently and secured one of the best deals in football history.

The Italian rewarded Juve's faith with four of the best years of his career for providing the brains and elegance behind one of the best midfield trios of the decade alongside Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba.

Pirlo lifted four consecutive Serie A on titles and almost completed a sensational stay in Juve with Champions League glory, only to be defeated by Barcelona in the 2015 final.

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32. Virgil van Dijk – Groningen, Celtic, Southampton, Liverpool, Holland

Virgil van Dijk has a steep rise made since he joined Liverpool in 2017, but his impact is so great that he already scores high in our top 50.

During his three years at Southampton, Van Dijk was connected with large money transfers to a large number of Europe & # 39; s largest clubs before joining the Reds in January 2017 in £ 75 million.

Critics doubted the amount of compensation – which was then a world record for the defense prior to the move from Harry Maguire to Manchester United – but Van Dijk has transformed the once shaky four of Liverpool into one of the most watertight in Europe.

The Holland international even dribbled 65 matches without an opponent until Gabriel Jesus got the best of him in the defeat of the Community Shield to Manchester City.

Van Dijk was part of the Liverpool team that won the Champions League last season and is on track to win its first Premier League title this season. If he starts the next decade when he has finished the last decade, he can perish like a defending superior of all time.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Virgil van Dijk has more than justified his £ 75m compensation since joining Liverpool in January 2017

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Van Dijk won the Champions League last season and added he Club World Cup to his cupboard

31. Vincent Kompany – Manchester City, Anderlecht, Belgium

The importance of a player is often increased in his absence and that has been the case since Vincent Kompany left Manchester City in the summer.

Kompany spent 11 years in Etihad between 2008 and 2019 before joining Anderlecht as a player coach – and City was the same without him.

After marking his last season in City with his fourth Premier League title, to go alongside two FA Cups and four League Cups, Kompany left a hole of 6 & 4 in his wake.

City has awarded 23 goals in 19 Premier League games and has missed the leadership qualities that saw him severely captain for much of his 11-year stay.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Kompany marked his last season on Etihad with another Premier League title success



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Three World Cups, six different Champions League winners and countless memorable competitions and performances. The years 2010 were strewn with football splendor for a decade.

When the decade ended, Sportsmail asked our team of reporters: who saw their fair share of players from the 2010s? The results, made up of 27 responses combined to form the top 50 players, will be published in the next five days.

Can Four European Cup victories by Cristiano Ronaldo and international success eject him above the mercurial brilliance of Lionel Messi ? Which Premier League stars combine it with the best of LaLiga? And where will the World Cup winners rank against the stars of the Champions League?

On Friday's first series of names, 50-41, are two current world champions and five men with a star in the Premier League. Keep coming back to MailOnline for the full list of the decade for the next five days.

50. Miroslav Klose – Bayern Munich, Lazio, Germany

Despite the fact that we have retired for almost half a decade, we would not be able to exclude Miroslav Klose. of the top 50 players of the past 10 years.

Not only did the former Bayern Munich and Lazio striker leave Brazil in 2014 with a medal for the World Cup winner, but he also did this with a personal record.

The German striker once broke the record for goals at the World Cup and surpassed Ronaldo & # 39; s score of 15 goals against the compatriots of the Brazilian during the famous 7-1 route in the semi-final in Belo Horizonte .

Klose was one of those players who performed better for his country than his club. His 75 goals in 237 games for Bayern Lazio this decade are clouded by his excellent state of 71 goals in 137 games for his country.

Miroslav Klose & # 39; s Strike in the World Cup & # 39; s all made – time top scorer

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<p> <noscript> <img id= The German striker enjoyed a fantastic summer summer when his country raised the World Cup in 2014

[19459159] 49. Edinson Cavani – Napoli, Paris Saint-Germain, Uruguay

Looking back on his career Edinson Cavani may feel that his record is not really appreciated.

The inscrutable excellence of the two that will not be mentioned has contributed to overshadowing the performance of some outstanding players across Europe.

Two hundred eighty-four goals in 380 games for Napoli and PSG are simply breathtaking goals and Cavani has compared his individual contributions with an impressive trophy distance this decade.

The 32-year-old has won five Ligue 1 titles, five French League Cups, four French Cups, an Italian Cup and the America's Cup with his country in the last 10 years.

And after seven seasons with the all-conquering of the French side Cavani will enjoy new meadows in 2020, with a relocation to Atletico Madrid likely.

Edinson Cavani & # 39; s incredible goal with 284 goals in 380 games for Napoli and PSG

48. Antoine Griezmann – Real Sociedad, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, ​​France

Atletico Madrid showed a track record in 2010 for developing some of & # 39; the world's most exciting talents, and Antoine Griezmann is arguably head and shoulders above the rest

The Frenchman enjoyed a fantastic decade in Spain that began as an exciting academic product with Real Sociedad.

Fifty-two goals in 202 appearances were enough to convince Diego Simeone to take a chance on the striker, who agreed to a £ 24 million deal to take him to Vicente Calderon Stadium.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Antoine Griezmann & # 39 ; s performances at Atletico earned him a mega money move on Barcelona

and Griezmann quickly became the star man for Simeone & # 39; s side and fired an impressive 133 goals in 257 competitions for Los Colchoneros, the Atleti won the Europa League, the Spanish Cup and the UEFA Super Cup along the way.

The success of the 28-year-old with Atleti was interwoven with international glory, as Griezmann played a leading role in the French victory of the World Cup in Russia in 2018, to compensate for his disappointment in his country by the victory over to miss the Euro two years earlier, in which Griezmann won the Golden Boat.

The mega-money £ 108 million moves to rivals Barcelona followed in the summer of 2019, with the Frenchman scoring eight goals so far in 23 games so far this season.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= The striker led the line alongside Kylian Mbappe when France won the world Cup in 2018

47. Paul Pogba – Juventus, Manchester United, France

Another world cup winner with France to make the list, Paul Pogba has his stock have seen an enormous rise over the last decade.

The Frenchman left Manchester United with his tail between his legs in 2012 when the midfielder became tired with a lack of chances from the first team of the famous manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

A free transfer to Juventus turned out to be one of the best things of the last 10 years, with Pogba flourishing in Turin to become one of the most sought after talents on the planet. Pogba won a large number of silverware with Juve, including the Scudetto, Italian Cup and Italian Super Cup.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= The acquisition of Juventus of Paul Pogba on a free transfer was perhaps the best transfer of the decade

 <img id= The Frenchman played a leading role in his country's World Cup triumph in Russia last summer

But United called out loud, with former manager Jose Mourinho pulling everything out of the closet to secure a reunion of Old Trafford. Pogba would return for a then-time record of £ 100 million.

Under Mourinho, Pogba United helped to lift the League Cup and Europa League. Pogba also scored in the World Cup Final when France broke through to victory over Croatia. His future with United in 2020, however, remains unclear.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Manchester United hopes to hold Pogba, whose future remains uncertain

46. Iker Casillas – Real Madrid, Porto, Spain

Where do you start Iker Casillas? The Spaniard will certainly be seen as one of the biggest keepers to step in between the poles, who has undoubtedly held the largest international team ever in Spain, and is also supreme as Real Madrid & # 39; s No. 1.

Casillas started the World Cup winner in South Africa, where he also won the Golden Glove, with only two goals during the tournament.

Two years later he became two-time European champion when Spain won back-to-back euros in Ukraine.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Iker Casillas had a great decade and won an abundance of silverware on the way

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<p> <noscript> <img id= The goalkeeper won the World Cup and Champions League before becoming Real Madrid left in 2015

The 38-year-old raised the Cham pions League trophy for the third time in 20 13-14, before leaving his beloved club on bitter terms in the summer of 2015, with his parents claiming to have been forced by club president Florentino Perez

Casillas would cross the border with Porto, where he won the league title in 2017-18. A heart attack in May of this year has put the veteran keeper offside and it is unknown whether we will see him again among the sticks.

The veteran keeper, who plays for Porto, held a heart attack in May of this year. , out of action

45. David de Gea – Atletico Madrid, Manchester United, Spain

Casillas's successor had not had a bad decade of its own. David de Gea quickly became one of the best keepers the Premier League had seen with Manchester United.

Although it did not sail smoothly for the 29-year-old who was signed by Sir Alex Ferguson of Atletico Madrid in 2011 for around £ 18 million.

Van Gea criticized his lightweight and liability for United, but hard work in the gym has seen the Spaniard excel in Old Trafford.

David from Gea is the striking goalkeeper in the Premier League this decade

Among the accolades the keeper has won this decade, including numerous selections in the Premier League team of the year, the strongest indication of the importance of From Gea for United can be demonstrated by his winning player of the club the seasonal price for four consecutive seasons.

A Premier League title, FA Cup, League Cup and two Europa Leagues (with United and Atletico Madrid) suggest that it has been a very good decade for the Spaniard.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= The Spaniard has developed enormously from the 11 stone youth who joined United in 2011.

44. John Terry – Chelsea, Aston Villa, England

Under the ownership of Roman Abramovich, the revolving door at Stamford Bridge was in full swing, but one man remained largely central to the modern success of Chelsea.

It was not a bad 10 years for John Terry. Three Premier League titles, two FA Cups, the League Cup, Europa League and Champions League trophy to boot, the Englishman won it all at Stamford Bridge.

Because of the revolving door that is Chelsea, John Terry was one of the few constants

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Terry was at the heart of the club the biggest era ever of the club, and won this decade Champions League

His departure to Aston Villa in the summer of 2017 was a tough pill to swallow for the Chelsea believers, who put him in bizarre circumstances swept away when boss Antonio Conte replaced the 39-year-old in the 26th minute, with opponents Sunderland insisting tame to kick the ball out by accident

Terry, however, was unable to go high, with his new side Aston Villa in the final play-off in a heartbreaking defeat to Fulham in Wembley.

He would return a year later to triumph for the second time, albeit in the dugout with Dean Smith, with whom he works as an assistant coach.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Terry played a season with Aston Villa before going with retired, in which she lost on promotion

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<p> <noscript> <img id= He returned to Wembley a year later as an assistant coach when Villa triumphed over Derby

43. Son Heung-min – Hamburg, Bayer Leverkusen, Spurs, South Korea

We could not omit Son Heung-min from our countdown of the best players in the world in the past decade. The South Korean star has been blinded since joining Sper van Bayer Leverkusen in 2015 for £ 21.9 million.

Son & # 39; s performances in North London have remained higher season after season, to the point where he is the second name on the team magazine, of course behind goal machine Harry Kane.

The pace and ability of the 27-year-old to score with both feet have made him a thorn in the eyes of many Premier League outfits, and his magical goal against Burnley earlier this month showed it amazing attacker's talent.

Son Heung-min has the Premier League with electrifying displays for Spurs

Son has also demonstrated the ability to perform under intense pressure. Spurs chiefs were sent into disarray in 2018 when their star-shaped man was called to serve in the army home in South Korea, with his only escape option to win the Asian Games.

And Son delivered both goals when South Korea eventually defeated Japan 2-1 to assure himself and his teammates of mandatory exemption from military service.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= The South Korean star won the Asian Games last year to exclude him from military service

42. Steven Gerrard – Liverpool, LA Galaxy, England

Despite their current success on the field and the likelihood of it lifting their first Premier League title in May, Liverpool still misses the man who brought so much hope to a city that dreams of returning to former glory.

For Steven Gerrard looking from Scotland, it is just a case of bad timing. De Liverpudlian has pledged his career to his boys' club at a time when loyalty is a departure from the modern game.

Steven Gerrard inspired Liverpool fans to dream back to the days of past glory

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<p> <noscript> <img id= The midfielder won only one League Cup this decade but gave so much football more

Gerrard robbed himself of the trophy that earned his talent well and truly. In the past decade, the dynamic midfielder won a lonely League Cup title before calling for a great career. He also led England as captain during the disastrous 2014 World Cup campaign in Brazil.

And who can forget that title hunt in the 2013-14 season, when Gerrard and Luis Suarez led the way in their title bid, only to be pipped by Manchester City. Gerrards slip during the home loss against Chelsea was seen as a turning point that brought City closer to winning the competition.

Undoubtedly, Gerrard, who is now in charge of Rangers, will be delighted to see in May if Jordan Henderson raises the coveted Premier League trophy. If he had been five years younger, he would certainly reap the rewards of the faith he showed.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= He came so close to lifting the Premier League title in 2014 but fell on the final hurdle

41. Karim Benzema – Real Madrid, France

His goal record (304 in 636 matches) may not be in the same stratosphere as that of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, nor Edinson Cavani, but Karim Benzema has been an integral part of Real Madrid's overwhelming success this decade.

The Frenchman has survived a constant change in a club that very well embraces the roller coaster culture it brings.

His selection as starting striker among seven different managers speaks volumes about the quality level that he brings.

Karim Benzema is an integral part of the overwhelming success of Karim Benzema Real Madrid in the years 2010

and the trophy record speaks for itself. This year Benzema has won four Champions Leagues, two LaLigas, two Copa del Reys, four Club World Cups, three UEFA Super Cups and two Spanish Super Cups.

But perhaps the distinction that really demonstrates the 32-year-old's importance to the success of Real Madrid is the player of the seasonal prize, gong he has picked up three times in the last 10 years.

Benzema saw a spectator failing the French national team as he watched his compatriots be crowned world champions in Russia last summer, the only stain on what had been an excellent decade of football for the striker.

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Buckets of broccoli and plenty of water is in store for footballers training on Christmas Day


We will hear many managers say that the Christmas list of competitions will be bold

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Boxing Day games, followed by another full round of games stuffed in almost immediately and then games on New Year give a unique selection headache while trying to balance the pursuit of three points while maintaining the condition of their players .

It is therefore imperative that players train responsibly and take care of themselves on Christmas Day. Families throughout the country will keep their feet up and go over their plates. , but it is as usual for the players and managers who finish their preparation on the eve of another game.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Leicester & # 39; s Jamie Vardy poses with wife Rebekah and his children on Christmas Day last year

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<p> <noscript> <img id= The stars of Man City can expect an intense Christmas period with games that come thick and fast

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<p> <noscript> <img id= For fans, the relentless series of games offers the most exciting time of the seaosn

Most football players are desperately looking for a home game, so they don't have to spend the night at a hotel on Christmas Day.

& # 39; You just get used to it, & # 39; said Jamie Carragher on Sky Sports about training on Christmas Day. & # 39; away from home, but you always train on Christmas Day.

& # 39; If it is a home game, it was almost a matter of coming in as early as possible, 9-10 and then back home.

& # 39; The one who was away, you would be in a hotel on Christmas night, you would train later in the day. Normally the games mean that you are not too far away. & # 39;

Shay Given is now that Derby's goalkeeper coach still works on Christmas Day after a career of more than 20 years.

& # 39; If you have children, it's a problem, & # 39; told the Irish Independent. & # 39; At least if you have a home game, you can train and come back as usual on Christmas morning and see the kids. & # 39;

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<p> <noscript> <img id= West Bromwich Albion and Manchester City from the Battle in the Snow on Boxing Day in 2014

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Jamie Carragher liked to train Christmas Day so that he could come back to see his family

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne poses in a festive sweater the fake snow falls

Ian Wright mainly claimed to enjoy training on Christmas Day because of the silence was everywhere.

& # 39; It's weird, when you ride on Christmas morning, there's nobody – it's beautiful. Everyone is very nice, people wave to you in the cars because it's Christmas morning … even Spurs fans! & # 39; Wright told The Sun

& # 39; But when you start training it's all the same – all the boys have just left their family and it's just one of those things that you get used to years pass. & # 39;

The discipline challenge would often come later in the day, during the Christmas dinner when the families offer alcohol.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Stars from all over Europe – like Cristiano Ronaldo – will benefit from a break during Christmas

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Shay Given – the goalkeeper coach of Derby – still trains from Christmas Day after his play car rière

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& # 39; Many family could never get around it, & # 39; said Carragher. & # 39; They would like a drink! And we would have something like "have a game", but that didn't bother me too much.

& # 39; One drink or something will do nothing, but I would never drink at Christmas. I don't understand having one or two – going out and drinking a good drink or what's the point? I've never had a drink in the house. & # 39;

It was the same for Given.

& # 39; I would not drink, and I would have smaller plates than everyone else. , & # 39; said the Irishman. & # 39; They would break open a few drinks while I was on the water. & # 39;

And players who travel from home often eat together, Wright said.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Ian Wright said that Arsene Wenger the Arsenal team always would encourage eating together

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Wright enjoyed the peaceful training at Christmas during his time as a professional

& Arsene Wenger has always wanted us to ate together, & # 39; he said. "We would have turkey when we joined the hotel team – but we just needed buckets full of broccoli!"

For Sportsmail columnist Peter Crouch, this is his first Christmas without being a professional football player and as he revealed in in last week's column he misses the atmosphere around a club at this time of the year.

& # 39; You can't imagine what it was like this past couple of years to jump in the car at 12 o'clock to drive on a quiet highway while everyone comes to our house to enjoy of the festivities, "Crouch said.

" Now it is here, I have feelings I never expected. Why have I missed football more than ever in the last six months?

& # 39; Christmas was really a time when I came to life. It was perhaps a call to leave the family behind, but the atmosphere on the training field was always good on that day; other than normal.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Peter Crouch has his first Christmas outside of football and misses the crowds around a club

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Crouch was a season last Stoke player and as a professional looking forward to the festive run

BOKSD AG FIXTURES

12.30 pm – Tottenham v Brighton

15:00 – Bournemouth v Arsenal

Aston Villa v Norwich

Chelsea v Southampton

Crystal Palace v West Ham

Everton v Burnley

Sheffield United v Watford

17:30 – Manchester United v Newcastle

20:00 – Leicester v Liverpool

& I always felt the Christmas schedule separated from men and boys. You come into a zone of playing and training and you lose sight of the days but it is brilliant.

& # 39; You feel fit and fresh when everyone is hangover and you know that the third round of the FA Cup is just around the corner.

& # 39; There really is no better time of the year for football. This is of course going to be a culture shock. It becomes brilliant and the idea of ​​staying on the couch on Boxing Day and watching non-stop games is glorious.

At the same time, I think about what I had and am missing it. & # 39;

So with all that in mind – the broccoli, the liters of water, the hotel on Christmas night – it would be almost rude not to settle down with a turkey sandwich on Boxing Day and view everything

This year in the Premier League, Tottenham organizes Brighton in the early game before six games start at 3 p.m.

Manchester United host Newcastle is the 5.30 pm game and then, in the striking clash of the day, leaders and Club World Cup winners Liverpool are on their way to second place Leicester.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Club World Cup winners Liverpool will return to Premier League promotion away to Leicester



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