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The organisation polled its members from other 150 countries around the world to find the best men's player over the last decade, including the best player for each continent.
While Cristiano Ronaldo picked up the award for the UEFA region, it was Messi who triumphed globally - as well as amongst the CONMEBOL nations.
The 33-year-old hasn't had a bad last ten years, picking up six La Liga titles, five Copa del Rey trophies, two Champions Leagues, and four Ballon d'Ors.
Even this season, with Barcelona struggling under new manager Ronald Koeman, the Argentine has picked up 12 goals and two assists in 18 La Liga games, and three goals and two assists in four Champions League fixtures.
The IFFHS also revealed a top ten for the award, with Ronaldo obviously coming second. Andres Iniesta is perhaps surprisingly in third, with Neymar fourth and Sergio Ramos somehow sh*thousing his way into fifth.
There are even two goalkeepers making it in, with both Manuel Neuer and Gianluigi Buffon both squeezing in to the top ten.
There was quite a lot of debate about the leaderboard - with many pointing at Iniesta's position and some notable absences...
iniesta that high is a JOKE. one of the best of all time but he wasn't even playing at a high level since like 2016 (almost half of the decade)- Juventus Fans NYC (@NycJuventus) February 7, 2021
Not having Xavi on that list is disrespectful . Also, no Ribery?- Salva (@MrWOJbomb) February 7, 2021
Iniesta lol this has to be a joke- uoeno:smiling_imp: (@majolagbehorgan) February 7, 2021
That Benzema snub aint sittin rite- Bowser Jr. :rocket: (@FizzDooku) February 7, 2021
No Suarez? Come on man.- Liverpool_FC (@Liverpool_FC003) February 7, 2021
No Suarez is a joke- D (@D_liciousDave) February 7, 2021
Whoever had been named in the list there would have likely been criticism, but what do you think? Is it a fair choice?
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