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The history of football is replete with teams that have demonstrated the artistry of the beautiful game. Read on to find out more about the Football team of the decade (2010-2020).

Many European and South American football teams have emerged from obscurity to dominate their eras

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since the turn of the twentieth century.

To be considered the best football team, it has to win at least one trophy. The players need to play attractive and effective football according to high technical standards. Most importantly, they need to have endured an era of stiff competition and intense rivalry.

The best football teams do not necessarily have the most talented players. Team spirit, leadership, and a willingness to work together to achieve victory are just as important as raw skill. A recent example of this phenomenon is Argentina. They are unable to dominate world football despite the influence of

Lionel Messi

.

Have you ever wondered about the

football team of the decade (2010-2020)

? Obviously, the last decade saw some incredible teams. Pep Guardiola assembled one of the best teams in history at

Barcelona

to begin the decade.

A few years later, Barca would then win the Champions League while possessing one of the greatest attacks in history in the shape of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, and Neymar, aka, MSN.

A few years later, Real Madrid were able to win three Champions League trophies in a row under Zinedine Zidane.

Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola have currently created incredible sides at

Liverpool

and

Manchester City

, respectively.

Presented here are the best football teams of the decade (2010-2020):

As the decade has come to a close, we have taken a look at the top football teams of the decade (2010-2020), and ranked them.

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They are chosen from the entire history of international and club football.

Barcelona-Pep Guardiola

Barcelona is definitely the best football team of the decade (2010-2020) with world-class players everywhere on the pitch.

Under Pep Guardiola’s management, Barcelona had Carles Puyol, Pique, and Dani Alves in defense. Xavi, Iniesta, and Busquets in midfield, and Lionel Messi, Villa, and Thierry Henry up front.

Other teams like

Manchester United

were simply no match as they succumbed to a 3-1 defeat in the 2011 Champions League final.

There can be absolutely no arguments about Guardiola's Barcelona topping the list. They were absolutely unstoppable and it may be a very long time until we see a team like them again.

Some of these Barcelona players also led Spain to three consecutive major trophies from 2008 to 2012.

Guardiola has three teams on the top

football team of the decade (2010-2020)

list, which indicates what an incredible manager he is.

Klopp's Liverpool side have been extraordinary over the past few years but, with no Premier League titles before the last season, they seldom get into the top list of

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football team of the decade (2010-2020).

They do have the makings of a very special side, though, and will no doubt be in the running when the best football teams of the decade (2010-2020) are named.

Ten years after Manchester United's achievement, Barcelona won the first ever treble by a Spanish club. They beat United in the final of the Champions League 2-0, destroyed

Real Madrid

6-2 to win La Liga, and also won the Copa Del Rey.

This season saw the emergence of Lionel Messi as the best player in the world. Under the guidance of one of the world's best football managers, Pep Guardiola, Messi more than doubled his tally from the previous campaign.

Barcelona's tiki-taka style of play ensured they also won the domestic and UEFA Super Cups and the FIFA Club World Cup in 2009, turning their treble into a 'sextuple'.

FC Barcelona made history when lifting the World Club Cup in Abu Dhabi and completing the sextuple under Pep Guardiola. Their sextuple included the following trophies:

La Liga

After Real Madrid won La Liga in 2007 and 2008, the

best soccer team of the decade

’s growing stagnant under the Dutchman, Frank Rijkaard was fired. A former academy boy and key part of Johan Cruyff’s Dream Team, his replacement Pep Guardiola revolutionized the very game itself and not just the club he loved with his first ports of call shipping out Ronaldinho and Deco.

He was worried about their influence on a budding Lionel Messi, and in what turned out to be a masterstroke, the Argentine blossomed alongside Xavi and Andres Iniesta in the ‘Tiki-taka’ style of play that saw the Blaugrana win the title by a nine-point lead.

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In the eyes of many, the 2-6 demolition of Madrid in El Clasico in May of that year is seen as its crowning moment.

Copa del Rey

The first trophy Pep Guardiola won as the coach of Barcelona was the Copa del Rey with victory against Athletic Bilbao in 2009.

Played at the Mestella in Valencia, Barcelona went 1-0 down to Athletic Bilbao in the eighth minute of the final but woke up around the half hour mark when Yaya Toure equalized.

Messi gave his side the lead shortly after the interval, starting a flurry of three goals in 10 minutes that sank their Basque opposition and sealed a 1-4 win.

Claiming their 25th league cup overall, this was achieved by also seeing off Benidorm,

Atletico Madrid

, Espanyol, and Mallorca along the way while ending an 11-year drought.

Guardiola took charge of his final match as Barcelona coach and defeated Athletic Bilbao to claim the Copa del Rey for a second time. Three years later this was his 14th trophy.

Champions League

In the beginning, some people believed that Messi couldn’t head, but they were totally wrong. Slipping off Rio Ferdinand at the back post, the Flea, as he was once nicknamed, rose in the area to put the last nail in Manchester United’s coffin in a 2-0 final win at the Stadio Olimpico.

Samuel Eto’o bagging the 10th minute opener, the Argentine has recently called the late effort one of his favorite career goals.

Barcelona progressed out of an easy group containing Basel, Shakhtar Donetsk, and Sporting Lisbon prior to disposing of Lyon,

Bayern Munich

, and

Chelsea

on the road to Rome.

Moments after scoring the semi-final winner deep into stoppage time at Stamford Bridge, the sight of a celebrating Andres Iniesta became one of the defining images of the era for the best soccer team of the decade.

European Super Cup

Under Guardiola, FC Barcelona won the UEFA Champions League two times in 2009 and 2011.

Meeting their UCL group foes from the previous season in Monaco, Barcelona labored to a 1-0 win over Shakhtar Donestk.

Leaving it until the 115th minute, a fourth trophy of 2009 was achieved by winger Pedro converting Messi’s backwards through-ball via a low driven shot in the box.

In 2011, the best soccer team of the decade won their second trophy of the season on 26 August, beating Porto in the UEFA Super Cup final 2–0.

Spanish Super Cup

Pipping Athletic Bilbao 1-2 in San Mames thanks to goals from Xavi and Pedro after trailing at the interval, Barcelona left little to the imagination when trouncing them 3-0 at the Camp Nou by way of a Messi brace a week later.

At the end of a summer that saw the club shell out big money on

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

. The Spanish Super Cup victory against Athletic Club in August showed the importance of La Masia.

Xavi and Pedro scored the goals in a 2-1 first-leg win, with a brace from Messi and a goal from Bojan Krkic sealing a 5-1 aggregate victory in the return leg.

World Club Cup

In December 2009, Barcelona won the 2009 Club World Cup. Pep Guardiola is the only manager to have won three FIFA Club World Cups, twice with the best soccer team of last decade, Barcelona and once with Bayern Munich.

Messi already celebrating his first Ballon d’Or, Barcelona progressed to the last hurdle by beating Mexico’s Atlante 1-3. Then deep into extra-time as seen in the European Super Cup, the sextuple was clinched by who else at the expense of a game Estudiantes outfit hailing from his homeland.

Barcelona won the Club World Cup for a record second time since its establishment, after defeating 2011 Copa Libertadores holders Santos 4–0 in the final thanks to two goals from Messi, Xavi, and Fabregas.

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Vicente del Bosque

Spain had an astounishing number of world-class midfielders at the start of the decade. Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Xabi Alonso, Cesc Fabregas, Sergio Busquets. They playes in various teams in the world.

They also had arguably the best goalkeeper in the world in Iker Casillas and world-class defenders in Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos and Carles Puyol.

Del Bosque's side also had Fernando Torres and David Villa up front. It's no wonder they won the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012.

On 11 March 2008, del Bosque announced that he would replace Luis Aragonés as the coach of the Spain national team; it was confirmed on 15 July 2008.

Spain under del Bosque began their 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign successfully, defeating Bosnia and Herzegovina 1–0 with a goal from David Villa and becoming the

best soccer team of last decade

.

Spain defeated Armenia 4–0 three days later with two goals coming from Villa, and one each from Joan Capdevila and Marcos Senna, with a notable debut from Bojan, coming on as a substitute and defeating rumors that he will swap allegiances to Serbia. This win secured the Spaniards a first place spot in their group with six points.

The next round saw Spain defeat Estonia 3–0, then, four days later, beat Belgium 2–1 away — an 88th-minute strike from Villa (his fifth of the campaign) earning them the win. This result maintained their 100% start to the qualifying campaign.

On 9 June 2009, in a friendly against Azerbaijan in which Spain won 6–0, del Bosque became the first manager in all of football history to win his first ten games as debut manager of a national team, the previous record being nine held by João Saldanha of Brazil

Del Bosque announced his intentions to resign as the Spain national team coach following UEFA Euro 2016. On 14 June 2015, he reached 100 matches as Spain coach in a UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying win over Belarus in Barysaw.

At the age of 65 and having achieved every available top-tier title, del Bosque announced his retirement from the sport on 30 June 2016

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Pep Guardiola

On 1 February 2016, Manchester City signed Guardiola to a three-year contract for the start of the 2016–17 season as the manager of one of the greatest football teams this decade.

After finishing the 2017–18 season with a record-breaking 100 points, Guardiola signed a new contract with City until 2021.

Among

top football clubs of the decade (2010-2020)

, Guardiola's Man City team have been incredible since 2017. They became the first

Premier League

side to break the 100-point barrier in the 2017/18 campaign.

The following season they recorded 98 points and held off a Liverpool side that went on to win the Champions League.

Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero, and Raheem Sterling have all excelled under the former Bayern manager's guidance.

On 1 March 2020, Manchester City beat Aston Villa 1–2 in the final to win the 2019–20 EFL Cup, their third successive EFL Cup.

Manchester City finished second in the 2019–20 Premier League after finishing 18 points behind champions Liverpool.

Leicester City 2015/16

Leicester pulled off the impossible in the 2015/16 season. Predicted to be relegated from the Premier League at the start of the campaign, they went on to win it all by seven points.

N'Golo Kante,

Riyad Mahrez

and Jamie Vardy were all unbelievable that season. The 5,000/1 odds of Leicester City winning the Premier League in 2016 is perhaps the most fitting number to encapsulate the magnitude of the Club's achievement four years ago.

The 2015–16 season was Leicester City's 111th season in the English football league system and their 48th (non-consecutive) season in the top tier of English football. During the season, Leicester participated in the Premier League for the second consecutive season, as well as the FA Cup and League Cup.

As one of the top football clubs of the decade (2010-2020), Leicester were confirmed as champions of the 2015–16 Premier League season on 2 May 2016, finishing top of England's highest league for the first time in the club's history.

The club was 5000-1 with bookmakers to win the division before the season kicked off. The feat meant that Leicester would be playing in the UEFA Champions League the following season, a first for the club in their history.

The season also saw history be made for individual players within one of the

greatest football teams this decade

, as striker Jamie Vardy broke the record for consecutive games with a goal in the Premier League (11) and winger Riyad Mahrez became the first African and first Algerian player to be the recipient of the PFA Players' Player of the Year.

Bayern Munich 2012/13

The 2012–13 FC Bayern Munich season was the 114th season in the club's history and the 48th consecutive season in the top flight of German football, the Bundesliga, since the promotion of the team from the Regionalliga Sud in 1965.

Before the start of the season, Bayern signed Xherdan Shaqiri, Dante, Claudio Pizarro, Mitchell Weiser, Tom Starke and Mario Mandzukic. Bayern also added holding midfielder Javi Martinez after the first week of the Bundesliga season at the transfer deadline.

This Bayern side was special. They won absolutely everything under Jupp Heynckes and became one of the

 

best soccer teams of last decade.

 

The club started the season with a nine-match winning streak. The club ended the season claiming the Treble, winning the Bundesliga, the UEFA Champions League, and the DFB-Pokal.

They recorded 91 points in the Bundesliga, losing just once as they won the title by 25 points, being listed as one of the greatest football teams this decade.

Bayern famously defeated Barcelona 7-0 in the Champions League semi-final and then overcame Dortmund at Wembley.

Heynckes' side also won the DFB-Pokal and the DFL-Supercup. It really was the perfect season for

 

Bayern Munich to be recognized as one of the top football clubs of the decade (2010-2020).

Real Madrid-

 

Zinedine Zidane

Real Madrid won three consecutive Champions League titles. Zidane became the manager of Real Madrid on January 4, 2016 and stamped his authority.

He became the first manager ever to win three successive Champions League honors for Real Madrid (2016, 2017, and 2018).

As one of the 

top soccer teams of the decade (2010-2020)

, Real Madrid became the first club in the modern UCL era to clinch three successive titles under Zidane.

Zidane joined Carlo Ancelotti and Bob Paisley to win three UCL honors.

Cristiano Ronaldo

was the side's focal point, but they also possessed world-class players such as

Sergio Ramos

, Gareth Bale and Luka Modric.

Despite their European success, Los Blancos have only won one La Liga title with Zidane at the helm.

Real secured their 34th Spanish crown and under Zidane, the club has pocketed two league honors.

This was Zidane's 11th trophy as a manager at Real Madrid. Zidane has already won two La Liga honors, two Spanish Super Cups, three Champions League titles, two UEFA Super Cups and two FIFA Club World Cups.

Inter Milan-

 

Jose Mourinho

As another 

football team of the decade (2010-2020)

, Inter had the greatest season in their history completing a historic Treble of Serie A, Coppa Italia and UEFA Champions League, becoming the sixth European club to complete the treble and the only Italian club to achieve this feat to date

Inter had just made history, becoming the first Italian side ever to win a treble of

Serie A

, the Coppa Italia and the Champions League. And now we knew that it was exactly that: history. Mourinho’s time with the club was over, he was not coming back.

Inter’s treble winners of 2009-10 do feel like an exception: less a glorious chapter in their team’s record book than a sensational short story.

Mourinho was arguably the greatest manager in the world at the start of the decade. His Inter Milan side managed to win the Champions League in 2010, beating Bayern 2-0 in the final.

Inter also won Serie A and Copa Italia the same year. Mourinho left at the end of the 2010 season and Inter haven't been the same since.

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The Catalan already had one of the most impressive CVs in the game, having led Barcelona to Spain's La Liga title three years in a row, and guided them to two UEFA Champions League crowns. In three bountiful years in Bavaria, he polished it off to perfection.

Guardiola's appointment was announced in January 2013, as Heynckes insisted it would be his last year in football management. "As a worthy successor to Jupp Heynckes, only a coach of Pep Guardiola's caliber comes into question," said Hoeneß.

A few months later, Guardiola's impact was immediate.

 

The record champions went on to win 15 of his first 18 games in charge – a club record matched only in 2020 by Hansi Flick.

Guardiola’s Bayern scored 254 goals in 102 league matches – a Bundesliga record – and they conceded just 58 goals in total, at an average of 0.6 per game.

He bade Bayern and Germany farewell with his seventh trophy, a DFB Cup win over a Dortmund side who simply could not get close enough to the Catalan's all-conquering, record-breaking, era-defining team.

Among the top soccer teams of the decade (2010-2020), Bayern were dominant in Germany with Guardiola at the helm from 2013 to 2016. They won 82 of 102 Bundesliga games en route to winning the title in each of his three seasons at the Allianz Arena. However, they failed to win the Champions League in that time.

Barcelona-

 

Luis Enrique

On 19 May 2014, it was announced that Luis Enrique would return to Barcelona as a manager, after he agreed to a three-year deal. He was recommended by sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta, his former national teammate.

His first competitive match was a 3–0 home league win over Elche CF, where he handed debuts to new signings Claudio Bravo, Jeremy Mathieu and Ivan Rakitic, and gave youth products Munir El Haddadi, Rafinha and Sandro their maiden league appearances for the club, while summer signing Luis Suárez was unavailable for selection due to suspension

Enrique's Barcelona featured arguably the greatest attacking trio in history: Messi, Suarez, and Neymar.

 

They were rightly among the top soccer teams of the decade (2010-2020). They dominated everyone in the 2014/15 season as they won the treble.

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On 1 March 2017, Luis Enrique announced that he would not continue as team manager after 30 June on expiration of his contract.

Atletico Madrid-

 

Diego Simeone

On 23 December 2011, Simeone was unveiled as the new Atlético Madrid coach, succeeding Gregorio Manzano, who had been dismissed the day before following defeat to third-tier Albacete in the Copa del Rey.

His first game as Atletico manager was a 0–0 away draw against Manuel Pellegrini's Malaga. His first season ended with the team winning the UEFA Europa League by beating Athletic Bilbao 3–0 in the final in Bucharest

Simeone has had extraordinary success at Atletico since joining in 2011. He's made them one of the hardest teams to play in the world due to their prowess in defense.

The Argentine has guided them to eight honors, including when they shocked Barcelona and Real Madrid to win La Liga in 2013.

They also reached two Champions League finals: in 2014 and 2016. On 17 October 2020, Simeone reached his 200th win in the league during an away game against Celta Vigo. 

Liverpool-

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Jurgen Klopp

Final 

football team of the decade (2010-2020)

, Liverpool Football Club is a professional football club in Liverpool, England, that competes in the Premier League, the top tier of English football. Domestically, the club has won nineteen League titles, seven FA Cups, a record eight League Cups and fifteen FA Community Shields.

In international competitions, the club has won six European Cups, more than any other English club, three UEFA Cups, four UEFA Super Cups (also English records), and one FIFA Club World Cup.

In the 2017/18 season, the Reds reached the Champions League final. A year later they went one better as they beat

Tottenham

in the final, while also securing 97 points in the Premier League.

And they won their first Premier League title this campaign having dropped just two points from their opening 19 games.

The 2017–18 season was Liverpool's 126th season in existence, and their 56th consecutive season in the top flight of English football. It was also the club's 26th consecutive season in the Premier League. Along with the Premier League, the club also competed in the FA Cup, the EFL Cup and the UEFA Champions League.

The season covered the period from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018. It began with an away 3–3 draw against Watford and ended with a 3–1 loss to Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League Final.

 

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