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Messi Beaten To World's Best Playmaker Title, CR7 Not In Top 9

Lionel Messi has been beaten to the 2020 International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) World's Best Playmaker title, while his eternal rival Cristiano Ronaldo does not feature in the final ranking.

Click through the gallery above to see the World's Best Playmakers in 2020, according to the IFFHS.

The IFFHS has announced its annual World's Best Playmaker ranking, with last year's winner Messi falling to the second place this time around.

Along with Xavi Hernandez, the Argentine has won the award a record-equalling four times, but finished behind Kevin De Bruyne on the 2020 list.

"Ranked in the Top 5 in the last years, he (De Bruyne) has won the IFFHS Award in 2020 due to his intelligence, his technical ability, his regularity and determination always in high performances with Manchester City and Belgium," the IFFHS wrote on its website.

Read: Messi Named Best Forward In 2020, CR7 Only 3rd!

De Bruyne received 175 points after all votes were tallied, while Messi followed with 100 points.

This year, only nine players made the final list, with Cristiano Ronaldo, who was in the top 10 in the 2018 edition, once again not making the ranking.

You can see the complete list by scrolling through the gallery above!

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