Football player The Top Soccer Players of 2012

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Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Soccer Players of 2012
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Position: Forward, Midfielder

Birthplace: Santo António, Portugal

Nationality: Portugal

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#31 on The Most Obnoxious Athletes

#2 on The Best Current Soccer Players

#165 on Things That Are Not As Cool As People Think They Are

#609 on The Best Athletes of All Time

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Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Soccer Players of 2012
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Position: Forward

Birthplace: Rosario, Argentina

Nationality: Argentina, Spain

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#1 on The Best Current Soccer Players

#2 on The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time

#196 on The Best Athletes of All Time

#12 on Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

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Neymar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Soccer Players of 2012
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Neymar


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Position: Forward

Birthplace: Mogi das Cruzes, Brazil

Nationality: Brazil

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#12 on The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time

#1001 on The Best Athletes of All Time

#61 on The Athletes That Millennials Love the Most

#48 on The Best Hispanic Athletes

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Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Soccer Players of 2012
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Position: Midfielder

Birthplace: Fuentealbilla, Spain

Nationality: Spain

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#8 on The Best Current Soccer Players

#901 on The Best Athletes of All Time

#110 on The Athletes That Millennials Love the Most

#2 on The Top Soccer Players of 2012

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Wayne Rooney is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Soccer Players of 2012
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Position: Forward

Birthplace: Croxteth, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

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#97 on The Most Obnoxious Athletes

#21 on The Best Current Soccer Players

#331 on The Best Athletes of All Time

#65 on Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

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Xavi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Soccer Players of 2012
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Xavi


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Position: Midfielder

Birthplace: Terrassa, Spain

Nationality: Spain

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#24 on The Best Current Soccer Players

#1225 on The Best Athletes of All Time

#4 on The Top Soccer Players of 2012

#2 on The Best Soccer Players from Spain

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David Silva is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Soccer Players of 2012
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Position: Forward, Midfielder

Birthplace: Arguineguín, Spain

Nationality: Spain

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#4 on The Best Manchester City Players of All Time

#30 on The Best Current Soccer Players

#102 on The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time

#16 on The Top Soccer Players of 2012

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David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Soccer Players of 2012
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Position: Midfielder

Birthplace: Leytonstone, London, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

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#37 on The Most Obnoxious Athletes

#132 on Famous Men You'd Want to Have a Beer With

#353 on The Best Athletes of All Time

#7 on Celebrities Whose Lives You Want

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