With making millions witness his magic for the last 18 years, Lionel Messi has once again showcased his greatness and likewise outshone his former rival Cristiano Ronaldo after bagging the Playmaker of the Decade title.
From owning the streets of Rosario to crossing seven seas to be the heart of FC Barcelona, Leo Messi and his relationship with football is far-off beautiful, and encouraging — intricated with 719 goals and 302 assists, major league titles, and utmost devotion for his flawed nation.
Ever since 2006, the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) annually choose a player, who is then honoured with IFFHS World’s Best Men’s Playmaker of the Year award, specially for his notable performance throughout the year.
However, it is since this year that IFFHS decided to give out the Playmaker of the Decade award — where the top 20 players are selected and graded from 2011 to 2020. The player at peak eventually receives 20 points, the second preceding with 18, the third with 17, and so on.
Ronaldo fails to make it into the Top 10?
Barcelona‘s captain Leo Messi has likely turned out to be the most prominent player to win this award, mostly on four instances (2015, 2016, 2017, 2019) after former teammates Xavi (four times) and Andres Iniesta (two times).
The Argentine has successfully scooped up 174 points in the last decade, followed by Iniesta standing second, with 127 points and 2018 FIFA World Cup runner-up Luka Modric, who is sitting tight in the third place with 113 points.
Yet being a 5 time Ballon d’Or awardee and having multiple silverware in his trunk, Ronaldo somehow failed to make into the above list. The Juventus and former Real Madrid star aced out of the table for just having 54 points.
He was however crowned with IFFHS World’s Best Goal Scorer of the Decade, for tipping ahead of Messi who finished second for scoring 549 goals.