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LONDON (AP)—Brazil forward Ronaldinho has been selected footballer of the decade by World Soccer magazine.

The AC Milan playmaker, who won the 2002 World Cup with Brazil and 2006 Champions League with Barcelona, finished ahead of Argentina forward Lionel Messi and Portugal winger Cristiano Ronaldo in the voting.

The result, which was announced Thursday, was determined by annual votes taken between 2000 and 2009.

http://sports.yahoo.com/soccer/news?slug=a...p&type=lgns
 

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That's actually pretty cool for him... apparently they decided the best of the decade by adding up the votes given for WPOY on each year, which is a reasonable criteria.

Hopefully Ronaldinho won't let this go to his head, and will keep improving. If he keeps up the good work, maybe he'll even carve out a spot for himself in the WC squad.

RG just has to remove his head from inside his own arse - surely that's not so much to ask?
 

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I think he is working on it ,he is looking better everyday,I watch Milan games jsut for him,and he is playing very well.
 

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we'd better divide the decade in two: first half for ronaldinho and the second for messi.
 

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Full List
WORLD PLAYER OF THE DECADE points
1 Ronaldinho 781
2 Lionel Messi 759
3 Cristiano Ronaldo 708
4 Thierry Henry 619
5 Kaka 567
6 Fabio Cannavaro 401
7 Pavel Nedved 394
8 Michael Owen 330
9 Luis Figo 290
10 Zinedine Zidane 270
11 Raul 261
12 Ronaldo 260
13 Andriy Shevchenko 230
14 Andres Iniesta 215
15 Michael Ballack 180
16 Xavi 163
17 Rivaldo 150
18 Fernando Torres 149
19= Samuel Eto'o 146
19= Frank Lampard 146
21 Steven Gerrard 134
22 Deco 130
23 Francesco Totti 107
24 Ruud Van Nistrelrooy 99
25 Oliver Kahn 90
26 Paolo Maldini 82
27 Didier Drogba 79
28 Juan Roman Riquelme 77
29 Adriano 73
30 Iker Casillas 59
31 Andrei Arshavin 54
32 Zlatan Ibrahimovic 53
33 Gianluigi Buffon 49
34 David Villa 46
35 Roy Makaay 40
36 David Beckham 37
37 Wayne Rooney 36
38 Diego Forlan 21
39= Gabriel Batistuta 20
39= Henrik Larsson 20
 

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when you see where Rivaldo, Ronaldo and Zidane are on that list it just shows its a good toilet paper piece. Even if they were past their primes just the first 4 years of the decade is enough for those players to be 1, 2 and 3.
 

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thats what I was thinking....
Ronaldinho mightve won the decade, but Zidane and R9 should be above Messi and Cron for sure
 

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How can Cannavaro or Owen be ahead of Ronaldo or Zidane is beyond any logic..

Even his mothers can't say that...

thay cant even be on top of Gerrard or Rivaldo
 

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I agree with Dinho being the best of the decade, however cannot agree on Zidane, Rivaldo and Ronaldo behind Messi nor Cron.

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Then, Zidane then R9, etc. I also think that CRon should be ahead of Messi (way further down in the line) since Messi's only really good year was last year but wouldn't argue if they palced them the other way around.
 

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thats what I was thinking....
Ronaldinho mightve won the decade, but Zidane and R9 should be above Messi and Cron for sure
The problem with these lists is that it's unfair to people on the fringe of the interval. They should have lists like 1995-2005, 2000-2005 with overlap.
 

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Ronaldo named best player of the 1990s
1993 Cruzeiro 44 goals of 44 games
1994-1996 PSV 54 goals of 57 games
1996-1997 Barca 47 goals of 49 games
1997-1998 Inter 42 goals of 47 games
1998-1999 Inter 15 goals of 20 games
FIFA World Player of the Year: 1996, 1997
Ballon D'or: 1997
FIFA World Cup Golden Ball: 1998

Zidane named best player of the 2000s
FIFA World Player of the Year: 2000,2003
FIFA World Cup Golden Ball: 2006



I think the best players of the 1990s:1 ronaldo 2 zidane 3 romario
best players of the 2000s:1 Zidane 2 ronaldo 3 ronaldinho
 

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Ronaldo ,Zidane and Rivaldo were great mostly in the 90's and 2000-2003,this list for this decade ,2000-2009 and Messi only came in to picture last couple of years. it is simple.
 
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