Lionel Messi may have been beaten to the World’s Best Playmaker title in 2020, but he now been named the World’s Best Playmaker of the last decade, with Cristiano Ronaldo only appearing in 12th position.
Click through the gallery above to see the World’s Best Playmakers between 2011 and 2020, according to IFFHS.
The International Federation of Football History & Statistics has named the World’s Best Playmaker on yearly since 2006 and has now selected their winner over the last decade.
Messi was beaten by Kevin De Bruyne to the title in 2020, but won it a record-equalling four times in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019.
As a consequence, he also received the most points over the last decade, while his former FC Barcelona teammate Andres Iniesta, who won the award in 2012 and 2013, follows in second place.
Further down the ranking is Ronaldo in 12th position. Even though he features more as a winger or forward on the pitch, Ronaldo had been named on the list of the World’s Best Playmakers over the years.
Messi ended up at the top with 174 points, followed by Iniesta with 127, while Ronaldo received 54 – just one less than Xavi Hernandez, who is the only player other than Messi to claim the accolade four times.
IFFHS explain their process in picking the World's Playmaker of the Decade as follows: "We have taken in consideration the TOP 20 of each yearly ranking of each category concerned and allocated points to each place. So the first placed received 20 points, the second placed 19 points, the third placed 18 points … and 1 point for the 20th place. Adding the points from the individual years provides a World Ranking for the Period 2011 – 2020.”
You can see the complete list by scrolling through the gallery above!