Top 10: Most feared stars on the planet (1)

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Manchester City made their debut on arguably the biggest club stage of them all last night, with their first foray into the Champions League knockout stages coming against the might of La Liga giants Barcelona.

Unfortunately for Manuel Pellegrini's men, they were largely unable to match their Catalan opponents and face an enormous task to progress through to the quarter-finals of the competition after a 2-0 defeat - featuring the least surprising red card in the history of football handed out to one Martin Demichelis - at the Etihad Stadium.

What stuck us here at GMS Towers in the build-up to Tuesday evening's clash was how so much of the traditional pre-match build-up was so fixated upon Lionel Messi.

Of course you expect a lot of talk about the Argentine maestro before such a game given that he is one of the greatest players' the sport have ever seen, but we were nevertheless quite surprised by the level of obsession there was with Messi and Manchester City's apparent change of tactics to try and nulify his considerable threat.

This sort of coverage got us thinking - just who are the 10 most feared footballers on the planet?

By this, I stress, we do not mean the most physically intimidating, rather the most talented individuals who strike the most fear into opposing teams/defenders.

Click above or below to see our list and, as ever, please don't forget to leave your thoughts in the comment box provided below.

Do you agree with our selections? Can you put them into an order? Who do you believe is the most-feared footballer on the planet?

Perhaps you disagree with one of our selections or feel we have made a glaring omission? Let us know!

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Wayne Rooney
Cristiano Ronaldo
Franck Ribery
Lionel Messi
Eden Hazard

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