Neymar, Iniesta, Ramos, Xavi: Who has the best international win record?

When it comes to the topic of the best international teams in history, Spain will always come up in the conversation.

From 2008 to 2012, La Roja were outrageously good. Their collection of Real Madrid and Barcelona superstars helped them win three major trophies in just four years.

Spain triumphed at Euro 2008 after beating Germany in the final, before winning their first ever World Cup in South Africa two years later.

Andres Iniesta scored a dramatic extra-time winner against Holland in the final to secure the coveted Jules Rimet trophy.

Spain then completed their era of dominance by thrashing Italy 4-0 in the final of Euro 2012.

No other team could get near La Roja for a considerable amount of time and that’s why the country are so well-represented in the list of players with the best win percentages on the international stage during the 21st century (among those to have played 50+ games).

The folks over at PopFoot have provided all the numbers and you can view them in full below…

Spain celebrate winning the 2010 World Cup
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – JULY 11: Fernando Llorente of Spain celebrates with team mates as he lifts the World Cup during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

The 40 players with the best win percentage record in international football this century

40. Kylian Mbappe (France) | 37 wins in 55 games | 67.3%

39. Mesut Ozil (Germany) | 62 wins in 92 games | 67.4%

38. Dani Alves (Brazil) | 83 wins in 123 games | 67.5%

37. Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany) | 82 wins in 121 games | 67.8%

36. Per Mertesacker (Germany) | 71 wins in 104 games | 68.3%

35. Alisson Becker (Brazil) | 37 wins in 54 games | 68.5%

34. Manuel Neuer (Germany) | 74 wins in 108 games | 68.5%

33. Paul Pogba (France) | 62 wins in 90 | 68.9%

32. Dries Mertens (Belgium) | 71 wins in 103 games | 68.9%

31. Blaise Matuidi (France) | 58 wins in 84 games | 69.0%

Blaise Matuidi in action for France
SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA – JULY 10: Blaise Matuidi in action during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between Belgium and France at Saint Petersburg Stadium on July 10, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

30. Pedro Rodriguez (Spain) | 45 wins in 65 games | 69.2%

29. Antoine Griezmann (France) | 73 wins in 105 games | 69.5%

28. Thiago Silva (Brazil) | 74 wins in 106 games | 69.8%

27. N’Golo Kante (France) | 37 wins in 53 games | 69.8%

26. Robinho (Brazil) | 70 wins in 100 games | 70.0%

25. Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium) | 61 wins in 87 games | 70.1%

24. Sergio Busquets (Spains) | 94 wins in 134 games | 70.1%

23. Philippe Coutinho (Brazil) | 48 wins in 68 games | 70.6%

22. Kaka (Brazil) | 65 wins in 92 games | 70.7%

21. Carles Puyol (Spain) | 70 wins in 99 games | 70.7%

Carles Puyol with the World Cup trophy
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – JULY 11: Carles Puyol of Spain celebrates winning the World Cup during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

20. Roberto Firmino (Brazil) | 39 wins in 55 games | 70.9%

19. Gerard Pique (Spain) | 73 wins in 102 games | 71.6%

18. David Silva (Spain) | 90 wins in 125 games | 72.0%

17. Neymar (Brazil) | 85 wins in 118 games | 72.0%

16. Iker Casillas (Spain) | 121 wins in 167 games | 72.5%

15. Philipp Lahm (Germany) | 82 wins in 113 games | 72.6%

14. Gabriel Jesus (Brazil) | 40 wins in 55 games | 72.7%

13. Yannick Carrasco (Belgium) | 40 wins in 55 games | 72.7%

12. Sergio Ramos (Spain) | 131 wins in 180 games | 72.8%

11. Andres Iniesta (Spain) | 96 wins in 131 games | 73.3%

Andres Iniesta celebrates winning the World Cup
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – JULY 11: Andres Iniesta of Spain celebrates after his goal seals victory during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

10. Casemiro (Brazil) | 45 wins in 61 games | 73.8%

9. Marcelo (Brazil) | 43 wins in 58 games | 74.1%

8. Thibaut Courtois (Belgium) | 70 wins in 94 games | 74.5%

7. Thomas Meunier (Belgium) | 41 wins in 55 games | 74.5%

6. Cesc Fabregas (Spain) | 82 wins in 110 games | 74.5%

5. Fernando Torres (Spain) | 82 wins in 110 games | 74.5%

4. Xavi Hernandez (Spain) | 100 wins in 133 games | 75.2%

3. Xabi Alonso (Spain) | 88 wins in 114 games | 77.2%

2. Marquinhos (Brazil) | 53 wins in 68 games | 77.9%

  1. David Villa (Spain) | 79 wins in 98 games | 80.6%
David Villa celebrates a goal for Spain
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – JUNE 29: David Villa of Spain celebrates scoring the opening goal during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round of Sixteen match between Spain and Portugal at Green Point Stadium on June 29, 2010 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)

Villa’s record is absolutely ridiculous, isn’t it? We can’t see another playing topping that for a long, long time.

Brazil and Germany are the other nations to have a lot of players included in the top 40, with France and Belgium also having a few members of their squads on show.

Unsurprisingly, there isn’t a single England player who’s made the cut…

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