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The Top 10 Soccer Players in the World

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Worlds Greatest Soccer Players 2013

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Ask any soccer fan and they will have an opinion as to who the greatest soccer players of all time were and of course, who is currently in the world's best category. Debates have raged since the inception of the modern game about who's better than who, and was a certain player more technically gifted than another. I have spent many long hours discussing articles like this one with colleagues and friends alike so I'd like to think of myself as rather clued up on the whole topic of current best players. However, the beauty of writing an article like this is that this is only the current best players in the world in my opinion and there is no actual gauge to measure who's a better player without resorting to statistics and figures.

The problem with statistics and figures is that although they will go to great lengths to prove that a particular player is a great passer or a great finisher they won't actually incorporate the other elements that go into making a great player such as flair, prowess, passion and other attributes required. I've based my selection on what I feel are the world's best players right now, not players who have ever played as I'm not familiar with many legends of the game.

These are the players people want to pay to go and watch. These are the alluring gladiators who will go down in history as legends. These are my top 10 greatest soccer players in the world today.

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10. Thomas Muller

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To be included on this list at the tender age of 23 is worthy of a mention in itself. However, Thomas Muller surpassed this achievement by not only forcing his way into the German squad for the 2010 World Cup — he also possessed sufficient skill to become the tournament's top scorer.

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9. Mario Manduzkic

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Mario Mandzukic makes this list as he possesses a potent mix of power, aerial ability and an almost sixth-sense around the box, leading to him being hailed as one of the best forwards in the world. Anyone who is keeping Mario Gomez out the side deserves to be on this list.

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8. Andrea Pirlo

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It takes a special sort of midfielder to make this list, and Andrea Pirlo has special qualities in abundance. Nicknamed "The Architect" by his peers, Pirlo is gifted with passing ability, vision, dribbling ability and incredible technique. Pirlo is regarded by many as the archetype in his deep lying play-making position.

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7. Andres Iniesta

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Continuing the theme of naturally-gifted midfielders, no list of the worlds best players would be complete without the inclusion of Andres Iniesta. The ability to balance attacking flair with effortless control and vision marks Iniesta out as the world's best midfielder in my opinion.

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6. Robin Van Persie

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The Dutchman has been in a rich vein of form for Manchester United with 19 goals in 29 appearances this season. Robin van Persie's finishing touch in front of goal is legendary, as he can use both feet and is capable of immense control with both.

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5. Gareth Bale

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The former Southampton left back is lighting up the Premier League with his electric runs and devastating finishes. Gareth Bale has been in such good form for Tottenham this season that Real Madrid want to take the Welshman to play on the opposite flank to Cristiano Ronaldo in a £45 million deal.

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4. Luis Suarez

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Luis Suarez's forward play is a wonder to behold. The little Uruguayan's ability to dazzle and mesmerize with his feet is second to none as is his ability to conjure up spectacular goals. Bayern Munich are said to be near to completing a £40 million deal for Suarez.

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3. Radamel Falcao

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My top three starts with a strong Colombian striker possessing a record of 46 goals in 60 games currently. Radamel Falcao boasts an uncanny resemblance, in terms of ability, to past legendary No. 9's, as well as a fierce shot and a powerful header. Falcao is the subject of interest from Europe's biggest clubs all set to test Athletico Madrid's resolve by vying for his signature this summer.

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2. Cristiano Ronaldo

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Real Madrid's No. 7 is truly one of the worlds greatest players in terms of technical ability, pace, power, finishing and boasts a truly astonishing record of 190 goals in 188 games. The only player to have a $1 billion buy out clause in his contract, it would take an earth-shattering offer to persuade Madrid to sell.

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1. Lionel Messi

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What more can be said about the diminutive Argentine that hasn't already been said? Gifted with balance, poise, grace and skill, Lionel Messi is truly the epitome of excellence. Instead of reading about him, watch his sumptuous displays and just admire him as we all do.