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The World's 10 Best Footballers Of The Decade Announced, Messi Beats CR7!

Lionel Messi has beaten Cristiano Ronaldo to be named the World's Best Player of the Decade, and there is no African star among the top 10.

Click through the gallery above to see the world's 10 best players of the past decade, according to the IFFHS.

The International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) has announced its 10 best footballers of the past decade, picked by its members from 150 countries all over the world.

With Messi and Ronaldo having dominated individual awards such as the Ballon d'Or and FIFA's The Best prize since 2008, it will not surprise anyone that it was the two superstars who battled for the top spot.

However, it was the Argentine who won the title of the IFFHS' World's Best Footballer between 2011 and 2020, with Ronaldo finishing in second spot.

Messi's former teammate Andres Iniesta completes the podium, while current The Best FIFA Men's Player Robert Lewandowski only appears in seventh position.

Read: Messi Named World's Greatest Playmaker Of The Decade, CR7 Not In Top 10

Manuel Neuer is only one of two goalkeepers among the top 10, which does not feature any African players. You can see it in full by scrolling through the gallery above!

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