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Predicting the 2020-2030 World Team of the Decade including Andy Robertaon, Trent, Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe


Our World Team of the Decade for 2010-2019 is pretty darn special.

Fans can argue over the exact XI but some certain inclusions include Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Ramos.

The stars of the next decade, however, are a little less clear.

Liverpool duo Andy Roberson And Alexander Arnold looks likely to dominate for the next 10 years. The pair are already superstars and we can’t wait to see just how good they'll become.

Messi’s case is rather interesting. The Barcelona forward turns 33 in 2020 - he’ll have almost certainly retired by the close of the decade - but he’s not currently showing signs of slowing down.


There could be more Ballon d’Ors and Champions League wins - and even another World Cup appearance - before Messi calls it a day.


But the Argentinian’s time is nearing an end - just as it is for Ronaldo, Iniesta and Ramos - and there will be a wave of new stars over the next 10 years.

And Gutsynaij has predicted the World Team of the Decade for 2020-2029, selecting 11 players who are set to take the game by storm.

GK | Jan Oblak

Oblak is considered by many to be the best goalkeeper in the world.
The Atletico Madrid shot-stopper, 26, has been a revelation in recent years and will still be playing at the highest level by the close of the decade.


RB | Trent Alexander-Arnold

Like Oblak, Alexander-Arnold may already be the best in his position right now.
He’s just 21 years old and already possesses immense talent, which he’s displaying this season for Liverpool.

The England international recorded 16 assists in 32 Premier League matches in 2019. He’s a star.


CB | Matthijs de Ligt

Juventus paid a whopping £67.5 million to sign De Ligt from Ajax in 2019.

The Dutch defender, 20, initially struggled to justify the transfer fee but he’s played much better in recent months and looks like being the game’s standout centre-back in the near future.


CB | Aymeric Laporte


Laporte had to wait until last August to be called up to the France squad for the first time but he has the ability to be a permanent fixture in their defence for the next 10 years.
The Manchester City defender will be 35 by the time 2030 is here but we think he will have done enough in the period between them to beat out the likes of Dayot Upamecano and Niklas Sule for a place in the team.


LB | Andrew Robertson

Liverpool’s other full-back completes our back four.

Robertson has developed into a fine left-back during his time at Liverpool, trading blows with Alexander-Arnold in their battle to record the most assists.

The Scotland captain is currently 25 so will have to keep playing well into his 30s to make the team, but he’s still a great talent and there aren’t many obvious challenges to his position.


CM | Phil Foden

Foden shows off his talent whenever he’s given an opportunity by Pep Guardiola and it won’t be long before he’s a regular in Manchester City’s midfield.

The 19-year-old is one of the brightest young talents in the game.

CM | Frenkie de Jong

Barcelona’s De Jong was named in the FIFA FIFPro World11 last year and the individual accolades will continue to pour in over the coming years.

The Spanish giants forked out £65m to sign De Jong in 2019 and he looks perfect for a midfield that once featured Xavi and Andres Iniesta.


CM | Arthur

Yeah, Barcelona have two great young midfielders.

Arthur has impressed for the Blaugrana since arriving in 2018 and also shone at last year’s Copa America, where he was named in the Team of the Tournament after starring for Brazil.

The 23-year-old looks primed for a trophy-laden career.

RW | Lionel Messi

Yes. Messi makes it.
He probably will have retired by the time the decade is over - Messi will be 42 years old on January 1, 2030 - but we reckon he will have done enough before he hangs up his boots to feature in the 2020-2030 Team of the Decade.
The Argentinian remains the best player in the world and his goalscoring stats aren’t yet waning.

And when they do eventually start to dip, Messi will probably drop deeper into a central midfield role.

Considering he’s an outstanding passer and dribbler, the Barcelona ace will still be able to influence matches from the middle of the park.

He’s just that good.

ST | Erling Haaland

Borussia Dortmund’s £17.1 million capture of Haaland from Red Bull Salzburg last month may one day be considered one of the greatest bargains in football history.

The Norwegian’s goalscoring numbers are off the charts - he has 16 goals in Austria’s top division and eight in the Champions League this season - and he’s just 19 years old.

The step up to Dortmund will tell us whether Haaland truly is the real deal but the early signs suggest he will take the football world by storm.

Many goalscoring records could belong to Haaland by the time the decade is over.

LW | Kylian Mbappe

Completing the team is PSG and France striker Mbappe.

The 21-year-old looks like a future Ballon d’Or winner and the player to knock Messi off his throne.

He’s already scored more than 100 club goals in his career and is a World Cup winner.
The sky is the limit for Mbappe.

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