Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are among the 50 personalities that, according to the Financial Times, marked the second decade of the 21st century, with figures such as former US President Barack Obama or Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick.
The British newspaper finds that the rivalry between the two players, which will be crowned the "biggest battle in football of all time," was a driving force in the global marketing machine that football became, attracting millions of new fans. , particularly in Asia, paving the way for billionaire broadcasting and sponsorship contracts.
“Intense rivalry between the Argentine and Portuguese superstars has engulfed the Spanish league, Champions League and World Championship – and numerous console games across the planet,” writes the newspaper, underlining that in nine of the last ten years one of Two was considered the best player in the world.
Current Brazilian Justice Minister Sérgio Moro is also on the list. From his role as judge in a provincial town, Moro led an anti-corruption investigation that streamlined the political establishment in Latin America, leading to the arrest of former Brazilian President Lula da Silva, as well as involving four former Peruvian presidents. .
The TF points out that Sergio Moro's rise last year to justice minister in Jair Bolsonaro's far-right government has cast doubt on his independence as a judge, but puts him in a very good position to reach the Brazilian presidency.
The second decade of the 21st century began with austerity measures in response to the global financial crisis that erupted at the end of the first decade and ended with the emergence of populist governments and liberal regimes around the world, the publication notes.
The list of the FT's 50 Personalities of the Decade reflects these developments, and it includes several populist politicians, backed by powerful banking and industry executives, who are determining factors in the new world chess.
Among these are Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party, who for the TF is primarily responsible for the UK's decision to leave the European Union, or the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, owners of an industrial empire in Kansas, who used fortune to launch a far-right revolution in the United States, laying the foundations for Donald Trump's rise to power in 2016.