FIFA announced the fifa player of the decade award from 2000-2009.The final voting was close, but in the end, 2004 & 2005 World Player of the Year Ronaldinho beat current Player of the Year Lionel Messi by 22 points. Voting was based on the annual World Player of the Year voting between 2000 through 2009.

Ronaldinho helped Brazil win the 2002 World Cup and Barcelona with the UEFA Champions League in 2006. Over the past few years he has experienced a drop off in form following that 2006 European title. However, following a transfer to AC Milan, Ronaldinho has started to regain his old form and impressive skills.

Other notable players in the list were Ronaldo (3rd), Henry (4th), Kaka (5th), Zidane (10th), Torres (18th), Van Nistrelrooy (24th), Beckham (36th), and Rooney (37th).

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