If we are talking about the best player in the world its has to be someone who has won something significant. Zidane instantly comes to mind. The list of accomplishments go on. But although he can still provide magic I think he is no longer at his best. Thats why I believe Gaucho Ronaldinho is the best player in the world. He has already won the world cup in 2002 an will more than likely add more to that list with club and country. In a league full offensive stars Ronaldinho shone the brightest. But some of us seem to want to talk about up and coming stars. Although Rooney's name needs to be brought up it shouldn't be given much consideration. He did play well in Euro 2004 but he couldn't do much with Everton not starting often as the team finished 4th from the bottom. Cristiano Ronaldo played well for Manchester United and Portugal but was not outstanding. Antonio Cassano and Alberto Gilardino are the next superstar strikers. In the most defensive league in the world Cassano scored 14 and was the only good player for italy in Euro 2004. Gilardino only finished second to Shevchenko despite being a bench player for the first half of the season. 23 goals the future he is. Thats way more than your boy Rooney. 22 years old baby. Lets not forget the best young player though, The Golden Boy Kaka'. This kid defied everyones expectations and was one of the best players in Serie A this season. He was an integral part of Milan's success last season. He scored clutch goals and provide perfect passes for Shevchenko. Look for him to be the focus of this conversation in 2 more years.