Top 10: Stars of the 21st Century (5)

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7. Ronaldo

Ronaldo was, quite simply, a footballing phenomenon - hence his apt nickname 'Il Fenomeno'.

The Brazilian would have been higher in this list had we taken the 1990s into consideration - that one season he enjoyed at Barcelona, Ronaldo was simply on a different planet to everyone else - but he was still a wonderful player after the turn of the century.

Winner of two Ballon d'Or awards - in 1997 and 2002 - Ronaldo remains the highest goalscorer in the history of World Cup finals.

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