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Top 5 most successful football players of decade (2010-2019)

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4. Luka Modric

Only one player has won the Ballon d’Or ever since Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi established their duopoly over the prestigious award in the late 2000s – and that distinction goes to Luka Modric, who lifted the Ballon d’Or, UEFA Best Men’s Player and the FIFA Best Men’s Player awards in 2018. AC Milan legend Ricardo Kaka was the first player ever to do that, but he lifted the Ballon d’Or back in 2007.

2018 was one of the best years as a footballer for Mopdic, as he first led Real Madrid to a hat-trick Champions League win at the end of the 2017-18 season, before captaining the Croatian national team to their first-ever FIFA World Cup final.

His ability to score from long-range, coupled with his technical abilities has made him a nightmare for opposition teams for several years now. He has also been named in the FIFPro World XI five times this decade. The 34-year-old has made 318 appearances for Real Madrid till date, and has recorded 20 goals and 52 assists.

3. Sergio Ramos

Sergio Ramos is the current captain of Real Madrid, having taken up the role post-Iker Casillas’ departure in 2015 – and over the past decade and a half at the Santiago Bernabeu, he has also established himself as a club legend. The Spanish centre-back and 2010 FIFA World Cup winner joined the Merengues in 2005 from Sevilla for a reported transfer of €27 million, and so far, he has been involved in some of their most iconic moments in history, including all four of their Champions League wins this decade.

In fact, Real Madrid were losing to Atletico Madrid in the 2013-14 Champions League final, before the 33-year-old sent in an injury-time header to equalize the scoreline. Gareth Bale, Marcelo and Cristiano Ronaldo then added one goal each during extra time to win the match and the trophy.

Ramos is also Real Madrid’s highest-scoring defender, and his goal-scoring skills have often proved effective for the club – as you can see from the example above. A leader by example, he has also won the UEFA Best Defender award twice and has also been included in the FIFPro World XI nine times this decade.

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