Messi Named Best Player of the 21st Century Ahead of Ronaldo As Top 100 Best Players List Emerges

Messi Named Best Player of the 21st Century Ahead of Ronaldo As Top 100 Best Players List Emerges

Chukwu Ikechukwu
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:01 PM
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  • After winning the league with Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday, Lionel Messi has been listed as the best football player in the 21st Century
  • The 7-time Ballon d’Or winner, Lionel Messi tops the list ahead of rival Cristiano Ronaldo who has won a total of 5 UEFA Champions League titles
  • Zinedine Zidane, Andreas Iniesta, Ronaldinho were also listed amongst the top ten players to have mesmerized football fans during their playing careers

The controversy about the best player between Lionel Messi and Cristiano will continue to rage for years after their footballing careers.

Argentine superstar, Lionel Messi has been listed as the best player of the 21st Century in a list compiled by Four Four Two magazine.

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, Portugal, Argentina
Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring for PSG against Lens. Photo by Eurasia Sport Images
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The Paris Saint-Germain attacker tops the list ahead of Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo who occupies the 2nd spot.

Both Messi and Ronaldo have a total of 12 Ballon d’Or awards between them with the Argentine claiming 7 while Ronaldo has 5 attached to his name.

Ronaldo can also boast of winning league titles in three of Europe’s topflight leagues with Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Juventus meanwhile Messi has won with Barcelona and most recently with Paris Saint-Germain.

Ronaldinho, Zidane listed in top 10 players in 21st Century

Meanwhile 2002 World Cup winner, Ronaldinho has been listed as the 5th best player in the 21st Century with the Barcelona duo of Iniesta and Xavi ahead of the Brazilian GiveMeSport reports.

Zinedine Zidane is listed in the 6th spot while Thierry Henry, Ricardo Kaka, Manuel Neuer, and Luis Suarez occupy the top ten positions.

Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski is 28th, Didier Drogba is in 40th position while Kylian Mbappe is ranked 75th.

10. Luis Suarez

9. Kaka

8. Manuel Neuer

7. Thierry Henry

6. Zinedine Zidane

5. Ronaldinho

4. Xavi

3. Andres Iniesta

2. Cristiano Ronaldo

1. Lionel Messi

How Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi compare this season

Earlier, Sports Brief reported Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo is having a better season compared to old rival, Lionel Messi, stats show.

The duo, regarded as one of the world's finest footballers both made transfer moves last summer, with Ronaldo making a stunning return to Old Trafford.

But with the two football greats in the sunset years of their careers, they have evidenced signs of rust this term, with each of them struggling to hit top form.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..