Messi Named Best Playmaker Of The Last Decade – See Top 20 List

Lionel Messi has been named as the world's best playmaker of the last decade according to data compiled by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS).

Every year, the IFFHS gives out an award for the best playmaker using statistics to determine a winner on a points system.

This system – which gives 20 points to first place, 19 points to second and so on and so forth – has accumulated each player's yearly total between 2011 and 2020 to help crown the best 20 playmakers, with Messi winning by a clear margin.

The Barcelona talisman, who picked up the best playmaker award in 2015, 2017 and 2019, managed to accrue an impressive 174 points during the nine-year period, with ex-Barca team-mate Andres Iniesta the closest player to him on 127 points.

Luka Modric, who became the only player to break Messi's and Cristiano Ronaldo's stranglehold of the Ballon d'Or trophy in 2018, claimed the final podium place with 113 points.

Top 20 Playmakers Of The Decade

Lionel Messi – 174 points

Andres Iniesta – 127 points

Luka Modric – 113 points

Kevin De Bruyne – 103 points

Toni Kroos – 90 points

Eden Hazard – 77 points

Neymar – 71 points

Mesut Ozil – 69 points

Andrea Pirlo – 63 points

Yaya Toure – 60 points

Xavi Hernandez – 55 points

Cristiano Ronaldo – 54 points

David Silva – 52 points

James Rodriguez – 42 points

Bastian Schweinsteiger – 40 points

Christian Eriksen – 38 points

Riyad Mahrez – 38 points

Paul Pogba – 35 points

Thiago Alcantara – 33 points

Isco – 25 points

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This article was most recently revised and updated 2 years ago

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