IFFHS’s Playmakers of the Decade list has been revealed and Cristiano Ronaldo fails to make the top 10.
The International Federation of Football History & Statistics has listed the best playmakers for the 2011-2020 decade, with the prize going to Cristiano Ronaldo’s fiercest rival.
Lionel Messi has been named Playmaker of the Decade, collecting 174 points on his account, 47 more than his closest rival.
Former teammate of the Argentine and a true Barcelona great, Andres Iniesta won the second place with 127 points, while Real Madrid’s Luka Modric is third with 113.
Two-time Premier League winner Kevin de Bruyne finished in fourth with 103 points, as Toni Kroos who guided Germany to World Cup glory in 2014 and won four Champions League medals (three with Real Madrid and one with Bayern Munich) completed the Top 5.
Cristiano Ronaldo, on the other hand, failed to even reach the top 10. The Portuguese legend has taken 12th place with 54 points, 120 less than Leo Messi.
He still finished above some legendary playmakers as David Silva, Christian Eriksen, Thiago Alcantara, and James Rodriguez.
The full list of Top 20 Best Playmakers of the Decade according to IFFHS follows below:
- Lionel Messi (Argentina) – 174 points
- Andres Iniesta (Spain) – 127 points
- Luka Modric (Croatia) – 113 points
- Kevin de Bruyne (Belgium) – 103 points
- Toni Kroos (Germany) – 90 points
- Eden Hazard (Belgium) – 77 points
- Neymar (Brazil) – 71 points
- Mesut Ozil (Germany) – 69 points
- Andrea Pirlo (Italy) – 63 points
- Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast) – 60 points
- Xavi (Spain) – 55 points
- Cristiano Ronaldo – 54 points
- David Silva (Spain) – 52 points
- James Rodriguez (Colombia) – 42 points
- Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany) – 40 points
- Christian Eriksen (Denmark) – 38 points
- Riyad Mahrez (Algeria) – 38 points
- Paul Pogba (France) – 35 points
- Thiago Alcantara (Spain) – 33 points
- Isco (Spain) – 25 points