The Guardian names Messi as top player

The Guardian names Messi as top player

The football experts at The Guardian have unanimously named FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi as the top player in the world, beating out Cristiano Ronaldo, teammates Xavi and Andres Iniesta, and former strike partner Zlatan Ibrahimovic who rounded out the top five. “The world’s most influential players must now bow to the one and only Lionel Messi of Barcelona,” the editors opined, as they unveiled Messi as their top choice. Sid Lowe went on to justify the group’s decision: “There was only one name and one position on which all 11 members of the panel were in unanimous agreement: the world No1, Lionel Messi. How could we not choose him? The debate has moved to another plane: it is not so much a question of whether Messi is the best player in the world right now, as whether Messi might just be the best player there has ever been.”

Follow this post after the break for the top ten according to The Guardian. And be sure to share your impressions of their rankings in the comments here.

10) Edinson Cavani (Napoli and Uruguay)

9) Yaya Touré (Manchester City and Ivory Coast)

8) Andrea Pirlo (Juventus and Italy)

7) Robin van Persie (Manchester United and Holland)

6) Radamel Falcao (Atlético Madrid and Colombia)

5) Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris St-Germain and Sweden)

4) Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona and Spain)

3) Xavi (Barcelona and Spain)

2) Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid and Portugal)

1) Lionel Messi (Barcelona and Argentina)

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