On the 10-year anniversary of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, here’s a look at where the 11 players who featured in the tournament’s Dream Team are today.
Only two of the footballers from FIFA’s 2010 World Cup Dream Team are still actively playing, and one of them is Spain’s Andres Iniesta, who plays for Vissel Kobe. The 36-year-old, who won 131 caps before retiring from international football in 2018, was one of the stars of La Furia Roja’s triumphant side and scored the only goal in the final to secure victory over the Netherlands.
Iniesta’s compatriot Sergio Ramos is the other active player from the Dream Team, with the 34-year-old still turning out for club and country. Spain’s most-capped player of all time plies his trade with Real Madrid at club level where, similar to his role with the national team, he dons the captain’s armband.
Netherlands legend Wesley Sneijder, who won the Silver Ball in 2010, began working at the FC Utrecht Business Club in 2019 after hanging up his boots following a stint in Qatar. The 36-year-old retired after scoring 31 goals in 134 appearances, making him his nation’s most-capped player and 10th-highest goalscorer of all time.
Diego Forlan, who won the 2010 World Cup Golden Shoe and Goal of the Tournament awards, and who famously broke South African hearts during the group stage, has also since called quits on his playing career, with the former Uruguay star recently taking on his first coaching job with boyhood club Penarol