The World Team of the Decade for 2010-2019 was pretty darn special.
The stars of the next decade, however, are a little less clear.
Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe looks likely to dominate the next 10 years. The 21-year-old is already a superstar and we can’t wait to see just how good he becomes.
Messi’s case is rather interesting. The Barcelona forward recently turned 33 - he’ll have almost certainly retired by the close of the decade - but he’s not currently showing signs of slowing down.
There could be more Ballon d’Ors and Champions League wins - and even another World Cup appearance - before Messi calls it a day.
But the Argentinian’s time is nearing an end - just as it is for Ronaldo, Iniesta and Ramos - and there will be a wave of new stars over the next 10 years.
And GiveMeSport has predicted the World Team of the Decade for 2020-2029, selecting 11 players who are set to take the game by storm.
GK | Jan Oblak
Oblak is considered by many to be the best goalkeeper in the world.
The Atletico Madrid shot-stopper, 27, has been a revelation in recent years and will still be playing at the highest level by the close of the decade.
RB | Trent Alexander-Arnold
Like Oblak, Alexander-Arnold may already be the best in his position right now.
He’s just 21 years old and already possesses immense talent, which he’s displaying this season for Liverpool.
The England international recorded 16 assists in 32 Premier League matches in 2019. He’s a star.
CB | Matthijs de Ligt
Juventus paid a whopping £67.5 million to sign De Ligt from Ajax in 2019.
The Dutch defender, 20, initially struggled to justify the transfer fee but he played much better before the season was halted and looks like being the game’s standout centre-back in the near future.
CB | Aymeric Laporte
Laporte had to wait until last August to be called up to the France squad for the first time but he has the ability to be a permanent fixture in their defence for the next 10 years.
The Manchester City defender will be 35 by the time 2030 is here but we think he will have done enough in the period between them to beat out the likes of Dayot Upamecano and Niklas Sule for a place in the team.
LB | Andrew Robertson
Liverpool’s other full-back completes our back four.
Robertson has developed into a fine left-back during his time at Liverpool, trading blows with Alexander-Arnold in their battle to record the most assists.
The Scotland captain is currently 26 so will have to keep playing well into his 30s to make the team, but he’s still a great talent and there aren’t many obvious challenges to his position.
CM | Phil Foden
Foden shows off his talent whenever he’s given an opportunity by Pep Guardiola and it won’t be long before he’s a regular in Manchester City’s midfield.
The 20-year-old is one of the brightest young talents in the game.
CM | Frenkie de Jong
Barcelona’s De Jong was named in the FIFA FIFPro World11 last year and the individual accolades will continue to pour in over the coming years.
The Spanish giants forked out £65m to sign De Jong in 2019 and he looks perfect for a midfield that once featured Xavi and Andres Iniesta.
CM | Arthur
Yeah, Barcelona have two great young midfielders.
Arthur has impressed for the Blaugrana since arriving in 2018 and also shone at last year’s Copa America, where he was named in the Team of the Tournament after starring for Brazil.
The 23-year-old looks primed for a trophy-laden career.
RW | Lionel Messi
Yes. Messi makes it.
He probably will have retired by the time the decade is over - Messi will be 42 years old on January 1, 2030 - but we reckon he will have done enough before he hangs up his boots to feature in the 2020-2030 Team of the Decade.
The Argentinian remains the best player in the world and his goalscoring stats aren’t yet waning.
And when they do eventually start to dip, Messi will probably drop deeper into a central midfield role.
Considering he’s an outstanding passer and dribbler, the Barcelona ace will still be able to influence matches from the middle of the park.
He’s just that good.
ST | Erling Haaland
Borussia Dortmund’s £17.1 million capture of Haaland from Red Bull Salzburg in December 2019 may one day be considered one of the greatest bargains in football history.
The Norwegian’s goalscoring numbers are off the charts - he has 42 goals in all competitions this season, including 14 in 16 games for Dortmund.
The step up to Dortmund will tell us whether Haaland truly is the real deal but the early signs suggest he will take the football world by storm.
Many goalscoring records could belong to Haaland by the time the decade is over.
LW | Kylian Mbappe
Completing the team is PSG and France striker Mbappe.
The 21-year-old looks like a future Ballon d’Or winner and the player to knock Messi off his throne.
He’s already scored more than 100 club goals in his career and is a World Cup winner.
The sky is the limit for Mbappe.
So, there are the 11 players we expect to reign supreme over the next 10 years.
Some, like Mbappe and De Jong, are already superstars - and have youth on their side.
But to see Messi in the team just shows how talented the Barcelona ace is.
He loves the game and has the skills to flourish when he drops deep.
It's going to be a riveting decade of football, that's for sure.News Now - Sport News