The Independent has named the best players of the XXI century
The Independent provided a list of the top 100 best players of the XXI century. On Tuesday the rating was published on the official website of the publication.
First place in the ranking took striker «Barcelona» Lionel Messi, and the second was the forward of «Juventus» Cristiano Ronaldo, most of his career played for real Madrid.
Next in the list are former partners Messi at Barcelona — Xavi, Ronaldinho and Andres Iniesta. The top ten also includes Ronaldo, Thierry Henry, Zinedine Zidane, Kaka and Fabio Cannavaro.
The most expensive player in the history of football, Brazilian striker Neymar (€222 million), ranked The Independent 20-th place. Russian players in the top 100 has not got.
The Independent rating was compiled on the basis of a survey of ten authors who write about football. They were asked to name 50 greatest players, who played in the last 20 years. Each player is assigned a certain number of points, which determined the position of the player in the ranking.
When voting, the authors of The Independent take into account several common factors, such as the ability of the player, their actual use, the skill level of the player, as well as his sporting achievements.