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Fans Have Voted For The Best Footballer At Every Age Between 17 To 35

Fans Have Voted For The Best Footballer At Every Age Between 17 To 35

Barcelona captain Lionel Messi and Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo are amongst the world stars to be voted the best in their respective age categories.

Spanish newspaper Marca asked fans to have their say on who are the best footballers for each age, ranging from 17 years old to 35 years old.

And Messi, 32, was the overwhelming favourite in his category after securing 89 per cent of the vote.


The lion's share of the vote for the Argentine superstar placed him well ahead of Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema and Barcelona teammates Luis Suarez and Gerard Pique.

Ronaldo, much like fierce rival Messi, was the clear winner in his category.

The 34-year-old Portuguese forward secured 67 per cent of the vote and beat the likes of Luka Modric, Jesus Navas and Wayne Rooney.

Posted below are how fans voted in Marca's best footballers ranked from 17 to 35.

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17 Years Old

Leader: Ansu Fati (Barcelona)

Group: Reinier (Flamengo), Eduardo Camavinga (Rennes), Fabio Silva (Porto)


18 Years Old

Leader: Takefusa Kubo (Real Madrid)

Group: Lee Kang-in (Valencia), William Saliba (Arsenal), Joao Pedro (Watford)

19 Years Old


Leader: Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund)

Group: Rodrygo (Real Madrid), Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid), Ferran Torres (Valencia), Erling Braut Haland (Borussia Dortmund)

20 Years Old

Leader: Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus)


Group: Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid), Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen), Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan)

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21 Years Old

Leader: Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain)

Group: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Federico Valverde (Real Madrid), Martin Odegaard (Real Madrid)

22 Years Old

Leader: Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona)

Group: Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona)

23 Years Old

Leader: Dele Alli (Tottenham)

Group: Fabio Ruiz (Napoli), Marco Asensio (Real Madrid), Timo Werner (RB Leipzig)

24 Years Old

Leader: Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich)

Group: Jose Gimenez (Atletico Madrid), Nicolas Pepe (Arsenal), Adrien Rabiot (Juventus)

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25 Years Old

Leader: Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)

Group: Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Saul Niguez (Atletico Madrid), Kepa Arrizabalaga (Chelsea)

26 Years Old

Leader: Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid)*

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Group: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid), Paul Pogba (Manchester United)

*Oblak did turn 27 earlier this month.

27 Years Old

Leader: Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain)

Group: Sadio Mane (Liverpool), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona)

28 Years Old

Leader: Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)

Group: Eden Hazard (Real Madrid), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona)

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29 Years Old

Leader: Toni Kroos (Real Madrid)

Group: Miralem Pjanic (Juventus), David de Gea (Manchester United), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool)

30 Years Old

Leader: Jordi Alba (Barcelona)

Group: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)

31 Years Old

Leader: Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)

Group: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Angel Di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain)

32 Years Old

Leader: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

Group: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Luis Suarez (Barcelona)

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33 Years Old

Leader: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)

Group: David Silva (Manchester City), Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Diego Godin (Inter Milan)

34 Years Old

Leader: Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus)

Group: Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Jesus Navas (Sevilla), Wayne Rooney (Derby County)

35 Years Old

Leader: Andres Iniesta (Vissel Kobe)

Group: Santi Cazorla (Villarreal), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain)

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