FourFourTwo’s Top 100 Soccer Players List

This story’s a bit old, but considering we’re getting close to the Golden Ball award and the fact there’s a variety of similar rankings popping up every day (see the ‘Association of Football Statisticians’ Top 100 Ever Fooballers article), it’s worth the mention now.

FourFourTwo October 2007 issueOne of UK’s top soccer magazines (our should I say, football magazines), the always popular FourFourTwo, has published last month its October 2007 issue which features a list of the Top 100 Football (Soccer) Players currently in activity. As all lists of this kind, it is highly subjective and it will probably be impossible to find a single person that agrees with it 100%, but it is nonetheless fun to comment on it.

The list uses last season’s performances as a yardstick for the top players in general, but as they say “form is temporary, while class is permanent” therefore players who may have flopped or underperformed in recent seasons are still included because of previous seasons.

Here is the full list, along with statistics by club, league, nation, and continent (thanks to supersewelly of the BigSoccer forums for that). The Serie A players are marked in bold. Also, for discussions and rants about the validity, accuracy, and Euro-bias of the list (as well as any missing players), you can refer to the BigSoccer forum thread.

As for myself, I will only say this: based on last season’s performance, I completely agree with the top 5 (with the exception of Ronaldinho, who didn’t have one of his best seasons IMHO), while the top 2 (Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaká) are without a doubt the prime candidates for the Golden Ball award this year. The order of the remaining 95 doesn’t really matter

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100. Shunsuke Nakamura (Celtic)
99.
Alexandre Pato (AC Milan)
98.
Maicon (Inter Milan)
97.
Jamie Carragher (Liverpool)
96.
Sergio Agüero (Atletico Madrid)
95.
Nery Castillo (Shakhtar Donetsk)
94.
Javier Mascherano (Liverpool)
93.
Adrian Mutu (Fiorentina)
92.
Kim Kallström (Lyon)
91.
Filippo Inzaghi (AC Milan)
90.
Javier Zanetti (Inter Milan)
89.
Eduardo Da Silva (Arsenal)
88.
Fabio Quagliarella (Udinese)
87.
Diego Milito (Real Zaragoza)
86.
Gabriel Milito (Barcelona)
85.
Gary Neville (Manchester United)
84.
Juninho Pernambucano (Lyon)
83.
Rafael van der Vaart (Hamburg)
82.
Robin Van Persie (Arsenal)
81.
Samir Nasri (Marseille)
80.
Ricardo Quaresma (Porto)
79.
Carlos Puyol (Barcelona)
78.
Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United)
77.
Maxi Rodríguez (Atletico Madrid)
76.
Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich)
75.
Gianluca Zambrotta (Barcelona)
74.
Torsten Frings (Werder Bremen)
73.
Pavel Nedved (Juventus)
72.
Frédéric Kanouté (Sevilla)
71.
Kolo Touré (Arsenal)
70.
Vicente (Valencia)
69.
Diego Forlán (Atletico Madrid)
68.
Michael Owen (Newcastle United)
67.
William Gallas (Arsenal)
66.
Zé Roberto (Bayern Munich)
65.
Frank Ribéry (Bayern Munich)
64.
Andriy Shevchenko (Chelsea)
63.
Patrick Vieira (Inter Milan)
62.
Diego (Werder Bremen)
61.
Simão Sabrosa (Atletico Madrid)
60.
Arjen Robben (Chelsea)
59.
Robinho (Real Madrid)
58.
Joe Cole (Chelsea)
57.
Miroslav Klose (Bayern Munich)
56.
Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
55.
Luca Toni (Bayern Munich)
54.
Alex (Chelsea)
53.
Hernán Crespo (Inter Milan)
52.
Owen Hargreaves (Manchester United)
51.
Wesley Sneijder (Real Madrid)
50.
Ronaldo (AC Milan)
49.
David Silva (Valencia)
48.
Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona)
47.
Dejan Stankovic (Inter Milan)
46.
Clarence Seedorf (AC Milan)
45.
Florent Malouda (Chelsea)
44.
Carlos Tévez (Manchester United)
43.
David Beckham (Los Angeles Galaxy)
42.
Daniele De Rossi (AS Roma)
41.
Michael Ballack (Chelsea)
40.
Lucio (Bayern Munich)
39.
David Suazo (Inter Milan)
38.
Dimitar Berbatov (Tottenham Hotspur)
37.
David Albelda (Valencia)
36.
Alessandro Nesta (AC Milan)
35.
Ricardo Carvalho (Chelsea)
34.
Fernando Torres (Liverpool)
33.
Cesc Fàbregas (Arsenal)
32.
Xavi (Barcelona)
31.
Juan Román Riquelme (Villareal)
30.
Iker Casillas (Real Madrid)
29.
Ryan Giggs (Manchester United)
28.
Paolo Maldini (AC Milan)
27.
Ashley Cole (Chelsea)
26.
Gennaro Gattuso (AC Milan)
25.
Frank Lampard (Chelsea)
24.
Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United)
23.
Deco (Barcelona)
22.
John Terry (Chelsea)
21.
Zlatan Ibrahimović (Inter Milan)
20.
Michael Essien (Chelsea)
19.
David Villa (David Villa)
18.
Francesco Totti (Roma)
17.
Paul Scholes (Manchester United)
16.
Roberto Ayala (Real Zaragoza)
15.
Ruud van Nistelrooy (Real
14.
Andrea Pirlo (AC Milan)
13.
Didier Drogba (Chelsea)
12.
Daniel Alves (Sevilla)
11.
Petr Cech (Chelsea)
10.
Fabio Cannavaro (Real Madrid)
9.
Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus)
8.
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
7.
Samuel Eto’o (Barcelona)
6.
Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)
5.
Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
4.
Thierry Henry (Barcelona)
3.
Ronaldinho (Barcelona)
2.
Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)
1.
Kaká (AC Milan)

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Clubs Nations
Chelsea – 13 England - 13
Barcelona – 10 Brazil - 12
Manchester United – 9 Italy - 12
AC Milan – 9 Spain - 11
Inter Milan – 7 Argentina - 11
Real Madrid – 6 France - 6
Bayern Munich – 5 Holland - 6
Arsenal – 5 Portugal - 5
Liverpool – 4 Germany - 4
Atletico Madrid – 4 Serbia - 2
Valencia – 4 Czech Republic - 2
Juventus – 3 Sweden - 2
Lyon – 2 Ivory Coast - 2
Roma – 2 Mexico - 1
Real Zaragoza – 2 Japan - 1
Werder Bremen – 2 Romania - 1
Sevilla – 2 Croatia - 1
Fiorentina – 1 Mali - 1
Celtic – 1 Uruguay - 1
Newcastle United – 1 Ukraine - 1
Shaktar Donetzk – 1 Honduras - 1
Udinese – 1 Bulgaria - 1
Hamburg – 1 Wales - 1
Villareal – 1 Ghana - 1
Spurs – 1 Cameroon - 1
Marseille – 1
Porto – 1 Continents
L.A. Galaxy – 1 Europe - 68
South America - 24
Leagues Africa - 5
EPL – 33 North America - 2
La Liga – 29 Asia - 1
Serie A – 23
Bundesliga – 8
Ligue 1 – 3
Superliga – 1
UKP – 1
MLS – 1
SPL – 1

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  • 91 Responses to “FourFourTwo’s Top 100 Soccer Players List”

    1. Laith says:

      This is the right top 10

      01. Daivd Beckham
      02. Cristiano Ronaldo
      03. Sergio Ramos
      04. Petr Cech
      05. Lionel Messi
      06. Roberto Carlos
      07. Joe Cole
      08. Frank Lampard
      09. Wayne Rooney
      10. Steven Gerrard

    2. Jacob says:

      Laith you dumb twat
      david beckham for sure is not number 1.
      john terry needs to be up there.
      and kaka.
      and cesc fabregas
      and peter cech might be the worst goalie i have ever seen.
      and what about ronaldinio you shmuck

    3. Lahsen says:

      The top players are: C. Ronaldo, Kaka, Ronaldihno, Rooney, Henry, Drogba, Pele, Figo, Zidane, Maradona, R. Carlos, Baggio, H. Larrson, Micheal Ballack, Shevchenko, and Drogba.

      Go FC Barcelona and Chelsea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    4. Éanna Fleming says:

      These are basically the players that have scored goals or fan favourites.
      You need to look at the players that do the little things that open up the whole game like:

      Ibrahim Afellay,
      Andrey Arshavin,
      Anatoliy Tymoschuk,
      Marek Hamsik or
      Sebastian Larsson.

      All the players the original list are good but do the same thing all the time.

    5. Isaac says:

      C. Ronaldo, Messi, Ronaldiho, cool player
      Top
      ten
      best player
      1.Cristano Ronaldo 2. messi 3.RonaldiHO 4. KaKa 5.F.Tores
      :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: BesT plaYerS

    6. Isaac says:

      Ronaldiho,Cristano Ronaldo,
      BeST PLAYERS :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!:
      top 10 best plAYers
      1.ronaldiho
      2.C.Ronaldo
      3.Messi :!: :!:
      :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!:

    7. Isaac says:

      1.Ronaldo,Ronaldiho,Kaka,Torres, : :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: BeSt players.

    8. Isaac says:

      why is torres not list here :twisted: :twisted:

    9. Isaac says:

      why is Gigs not list here

    10. jr says:

      KAKA is the 2 greates soccer players but rooney has to be 1

    11. jr says:

      neville is not better then nery castillo :twisted:

    12. Isabella says:

      Shurly Messi is number 1
      A.Pato has to be ranked
      Ronalahdo
      C.Ronaldo
      F.Torres
      M.Ballak
      F.Lampard
      W.Rooney
      KaKa
      and S.Gerrard

    13. gabe says:

      1 messi 2 c.ronaldo 3. mario gomez

    14. steve says:

      No way Laith
      1. W.Rooney
      2. C. Ronaldo
      3. Ronaldinho
      4. D. Drogba
      5. L. Messi
      6. Kaka
      7. Xavi
      8. Maicon
      9. S. Eto’o
      10. Z. Ibrahomvic

    15. JD says:

      Ronaldinho is nowhere near the top 10 anymore, he’d be lucky to make it inside the top 100 at this point in his career!!!

    16. JJB says:

      My Top Ten:
      1)Messi
      2)Ronlado
      3)Torres
      4)Rooney
      5)Kaka
      6)Robinho
      7)Fabragas (Very Under Rated)
      8)Gerrard
      9)Silva
      10)Tevez

    17. sohaib says:

      top 10 players are:-
      1:ronaldinho
      2:ronaldo
      3:rooney
      4:messi
      5:torres
      6:berbatov
      7:fabregas
      8:tevez
      9:xavi
      10:robin van persie

    18. Abraham says:

      1.Messi
      2.Ronaldo
      3.Torres
      4.Forlan
      5.Tevez
      6.Robben
      7.Ronaldiho
      8.Sneidjder
      9.Ribery
      10.Kaka

    19. Mateo says:

      1. W.Rooney
      2. C. Ronaldo
      3. D. Drogba
      4. Ronaldinho
      5. Kaka
      6. Messi
      7. Fabragas
      8. Henry
      9. Cech
      10. berbatov

    20. CROCKPOTFROG says:

      Um, where’s Arshavin?? and Cesc Fabregas is way better! And Robben and van Persie should be way up there.

    21. O U F C says:

      This is what it should be:
      1)James Constable (Oxford United)
      2)David Villa (Barcelona)
      3)Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
      4)Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich)
      5)Per Mertesacker (Werder Bremen)
      6)Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
      7)Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)
      8)Eduardo Da Silva (Shakhtar Donetsk)
      9)Diego Maradona (Free Agent)
      10)Phillip Lahm (Bayern Munich)

    22. O U F C says:

      :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :) oh yeah ;-) :smile:

    23. Luke Mannion says:

      1.Lionel Messi
      2.Kaka
      3.Robin Van Persie
      4.Andrey Arshavin
      5.Cesc Fabregas
      6.Gigi Buffon
      7.Arjen Robben
      8.Wesley Sniejder
      9.John Terry
      10.Cristiano Ronaldo

      The best coach in the worldis Diego Maradona

    24. Your Master says:

      1-Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
      2-Mesut Ozil (Real Madrid)
      3-Angel Di Maria (Real Madrid)
      4-Ronaldinho (AC Milan)
      5-Alexander Pato (AC Milan)
      6-Dani Alves (FC Barcelona)
      7-Pepeto (Free Agent)
      8-Rooney (Manchester United)
      9-Arjen Robben (FC Bayern Muenchen)
      10-Lionnel Messi (FC Barcelona)

      and the world’s best coach is Jose Mourinho- Los Merengues-Los Blancos- Real Madrid’s coach

    25. Barca4ever says:

      Lionel Messi is my #1, by far. behind are fabregas, torres, silva and pretty much the whole barcelona team.

      did anyone else notice that they put david villa as david villa’s club?

    26. T22YIB says:

      All of u guys have got ur NUMBER 1′s wrong. Who can 4get O FENOMENO??

      The Real Number 1: RONALDO LUIS NAZARIO DE LIMA!!

      UP URS CR7!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    27. Taker says:

      10)Van Persie
      9)Robben
      8)Fabregas
      7)Aguero
      6)Rooney
      5)Ronaldinho
      4)Kaka
      3)Gerrard
      2)C.Ronaldo
      1)Herny
      I would put messi in the list in 5th or 4th position but truth is that i dont really like him

    28. nehemiah says:

      pele was a good soccer player a long time ago…

    29. Isaac says:

      Thats right nehemiah but C.ronaldo is the best and ronaldiho and pele and messi and other players

    30. waddlw says:

      wesley snijder is better than 51 these standings are really messed up and messi is the best player in the world

    31. Josh says:

      l.messi
      c.ronaldo
      r.kaka
      a.pato

    32. Josh says:

      robinho
      ronaldinho
      nilmar
      julioceaser
      :|

    33. Messi says:

      1.Messi
      2.Cristiano Ronaldo
      3.Iniesta
      4.Rooney
      5.Gerrard
      6.Roul
      7.Kaka
      8.Henry
      9.Ibrahimovici
      10.Fernando Torres

    34. Jubin says:

      1. Xavi
      2. Inesta
      3. Maicon
      4. Kaka
      5. C. Ronaldo
      6. Messi
      7. Toress
      8. Essien
      9. Snaidjer
      10. Forlan

    35. Pnoy84 says:

      Why paulino alcantara not on the list? 357 games 357 goals..

    36. Gareth says:

      1. Lionel Messi (Barcalona)
      2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
      3. Iker Casillas (Real Madrid)
      4. Samuel Eto’o (Anzhi)
      5. Wayne Rooney (Manchester Utd)
      6. Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur)
      7. Mirov Klose (Bayern Muchen)
      8. Sergio Agero (Manchester City)
      9. David Beckham (LA Galaxy)
      10. Kaka Real Madrid)

    37. Isaac says:

      Ronaldo is the best ever

    38. Isaac says:

      1.Ronaldo
      2.Messi
      3.David villa
      4.Drogba
      5.Toress
      6.Instia
      7.Xavi
      8.Zlatan
      9.Robihio
      10.David sillva

    39. Cristiano Ronaldo says:

      Ronaldo me is the best go real madrid

    40. Ricardo Kaka says:

      Messi should be out of this list :smile: :smile:
      He dont deserve to be in this list… :razz: :razz:
      and KAKA is just king of the soccer world…… ;-) ;-) ;-)

    41. Phil says:

      Where is adel taraabt…

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