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The 30 best soccer players of the 2010s

Larry Brown Sports Logo By Zac Wassink, Yardbarker of Larry Brown Sports | Slide 1 of 31: One of the biggest and most shocking soccer stories of the 2010s occurred roughly six weeks before the end of the decade when Tottenham Hotspur sacked manager Mauricio Pochettino on Nov. 19. Less than 24 hours after Spurs officially announced Pochettino’s exit, the club appointed none other than Jose Mourinho as his successor. That story ties to this piece because “The Special One,” one of the most successful managers in the history of modern football, worked with a plethora of the best players of the past 10 years.Inevitably, legendary and elite male and female players were snubbed from this list because only so many slots exist. One could easily produce a solid starting XI using groupings of footballers from the 2010s who didn’t make the cut here. No one article, supporter or observer can answer the sport’s most discussed question from the decade, a topic the footballing community will debate long after this generation of stars hangs their boots up for good:Messi or Ronaldo?

The 30 best soccer players of the 2010s

One of the biggest and most shocking soccer stories of the 2010s occurred roughly six weeks before the end of the decade when Tottenham Hotspur sacked manager Mauricio Pochettino on Nov. 19. Less than 24 hours after Spurs officially announced Pochettino’s exit, the club appointed none other than Jose Mourinho as his successor. That story ties to this piece because “The Special One,” one of the most successful managers in the history of modern football, worked with a plethora of the best players of the past 10 years.Inevitably, legendary and elite male and female players were snubbed from this list because only so many slots exist. One could easily produce a solid starting XI using groupings of footballers from the 2010s who didn’t make the cut here. No one article, supporter or observer can answer the sport’s most discussed question from the decade, a topic the footballing community will debate long after this generation of stars hangs their boots up for good:Messi or Ronaldo?
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