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Ronaldo, Messi, Benzema, Ramos: Top 10 players in terms of wins in the 21st century

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s professional football career has been a huge success. Since making his debut for Sporting Lisbon in 2002, the Portuguese footballer has practically won everything there is to win in the sport.

List of 10 Players with Most Wins

Pepe Reina: 450 wins

Reina has the fourth-highest amount of Premier League appearances by a Spanish player, with more than 200 matches in just his first five seasons, 108 of which were clean sheets.

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He was a member of Spain’s squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup and made one appearance in their UEFA Euro 2008 triumph, earning him his first international cap. Later in his career, he was a member of the Spain squads that won their first World Cup in 2010 and their third UEFA European Championship in 2012, as well as the 2014 and 2018 World Cups.

Sergio Busquets: 453 wins

Busquets debuted for Spain at the senior level in April 2009 and has since made over 130 appearances for the national team. He played in two more World Cups and as many European Championships, helping his country win the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012. He also appeared in two further World Cups and as many European Championships.

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He joined Barcelona’s first team in July 2008 and has since made over 600 appearances for the club. In 2008–09 and 2014–15, he was a member of the teams who won the treble of La Liga, Copa del Rey, and the UEFA Champions League.

Xavi: 454 wins

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Xavi was a key figure in Spain’s 2010 FIFA World Cup success, as well as their victories at UEFA Euro 2008 and UEFA Euro 2012. At UEFA Euro 2008, he was named Player of the Tournament, and in 2008 and 2012, he was named to the UEFA Euro Team of the Tournament.

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After setting up the sole goal in the final four years prior, Xavi became the first player to record assists in two successive European finals with two assists in the UEFA Euro 2012 Final. Xavi confirmed his retirement from international football after the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Sergio Ramos: 455 wins

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Sergio Ramos has left Real Madrid after 16 seasons, 22 trophies, 671 games, and 101 goals. He has joined Paris Saint-Germain. Ramos now holds the record for most caps in the history of the Spanish national team and is the eighth-highest goalscorer in the country’s history. With 131 wins for Spain, he also holds the record for most international victories.

Iker Casillas: 457 wins

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Casillas won five La Liga titles, four Supercopa de Espana titles, two Copa del Rey titles, three UEFA Champions Leagues, two UEFA Super Cups, one Intercontinental Cup, and the FIFA Club World Cup throughout his illustrious time in Madrid. Casillas is the joint ninth most capped footballer of all time, with 167 international caps.

Andres Iniesta: 457 wins

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Iniesta has nine times been named to the FIFA FIFPro World XI and six times to the UEFA Team of the Year. He was chosen to the UEFA Euro XI All-Time Team. In 2012, he earned the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award, and in 2012 and 2013, he was voted the IFFHS World’s Best Playmaker. Iniesta finished second to Lionel Messi for the FIFA Ballon d’Or in 2010 and third in 2012.

Dani Alves: 479 wins

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Dani won the triple in his debut season with the club, then the Supercopa de Espana, UEFA Super Cup, and FIFA Club World Cup the following season. In the years that followed, he helped the team win two more Supercopa de Espana, five La Liga titles, and two UEFA Champions League titles.

Karim Benzema: 480 wins

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Benzema rose to notoriety at Real Madrid, where he has won thirteen trophies, including three La Liga crowns, two Copas del Rey, and four UEFA Champions League wins. He is the club’s fourth all-time most goalscorer and assists provider. Throughout their time together at the club, his ingenuity saw him give assists to Cristiano Ronaldo.

Lionel Messi: 545 wins

Messi has won a record seven Ballon d’Or trophies, a record six European Golden Shoes, and was nominated to the Ballon d’Or Dream Team in 2020. He is largely acknowledged as the finest player in the world and widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time.

Lionel Messi
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Due to their comparable playing skills as tiny, left-footed dribblers, Messi has been compared to his late compatriot Diego Maradona throughout his career. With 545 victories in his career, Messi has established himself as Argentina’s best player, surpassing all prior challengers.

Cristiano Ronaldo: 596 wins

He has won a total of 29 titles in his club career. His achievements include five Champions League victories (once for Manchester United, four times for Real Madrid). He’s also had success with the Portuguese national team, having played a key role in their victories at Euro 2016 and the 2019 Nations League.

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During his football career, he has been victorious 596 times. To say he’s a winner consistently is an understatement. That implies he’s won more games than any other player on the globe in the twenty-first century.

Road to Become the Top Player

Ronaldo is only four wins away from being the first player to win 600 games in the twenty-first century. Ronaldo now has a 68 percent winning percentage. That’s a ridiculously large number.

With 89 more games played, he is currently 51 wins ahead of his everlasting nemesis, Messi. Messi may surpass Ronaldo in his career, but with the 36-year-old still playing strong, it’ll be years, if not decades, before that occurs. Benzema has lately surpassed Alves to claim third place. With Real in such strong form this season, he’ll most certainly continue to distance himself from the Brazilian right-back.

Spaniards dominate the rest of the top 10, including long-time Barcelona combo Xavi and Iniesta. Neuer and Muller of Bayern Munich are on the verge of breaking into the top 10, with 446 and 439 wins, respectively, while Lampard and Terry of England are in the top 20.

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