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The 33-year-old Argentine superstar has been in excellent form as Barcelona challenge for the La Liga title alongside Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.
Messi has scored an impressive 36 times and picked up 14 assists in 45 appearances in all competitions this season.
The six-time Ballon d'Or winner has now climbed to the top of a star-studded list of playmakers.
The Daily Star compiled the rankings and highlighted Messi's "remarkable" passing range and vision.
The publication added that the Barcelona and Argentina captain can "decide a contest in a split second or attempt a passage of play that others could not even contemplate."
De Bruyne finished behind Messi in the rankings as the Manchester City playmaker has been in sensational form for his side.
The 29-year-old Belgian midfielder has amassed a 17-assist haul and scored nine times across all competitions this season.
And the City star could add another major trophy to his collection as Pep Guardiola's men play in the Champions League final for the first time later this month.
De Bruyne was hailed for producing "moments of magic on countless occasions since signing for the club in 2015, leading City to trophy after trophy."
Manchester United star Fernandes rounded off the top three, while Neymar and Thomas Muller finished fourth and fifth respectively.
Posted below are the top 10 playmakers in world football right now, according to The Daily Star.
10. Jack Grealish (Aston Villa)
9. James Rodriguez (Everton)
8. Martin Odegaard (Arsenal/Real Madrid)
7. Thiago Alcantara (Liverpool)
6. Toni Kroos (Real Madrid)
5. Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich)
4. Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain)
3. Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United)
2. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
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