1. 2010s - Lionel Messi & Cristiano Ronaldo
No two players have ever dominated football for as long as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have. They are amongst the eight players to score over 700 goals each in their careers for club and country. Ronaldo currently holds the world record for most official goals in a career.
2. 2000s - Samuel Eto'o
In his prime, Eto'o was regarded by pundits as one of the best strikers in the world, and he is regarded as one of the greatest African players of all time, winning the African Player of the Year a record four times: in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2010.
3. 1990s - Abedi Pele
First winning the African Cup of Nations in 1982, Pele would eventually captain Ghana until his international retirement in 1998. He was named African Footballer of the Year in three consecutive years at the start of the 1990s.
4. 1980s - Diego Maradona
Maradona played in four FIFA World Cups, including the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, where he captained Argentina and led them to victory over West Germany in the final, and won the Golden Ball as the tournament's best player.
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