Barcelona star Lionel Messi beat fiercest rival Cristiano Ronaldo to win the World’s Best Playmaker of the decade title, according to a latest compilation by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics.

Ronaldo was named 12th by the IFFHS who began the annual award since 2006.

Last year, Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne beat the Argentine to win the to the title, but Messi had won it four times previously – 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019.

For the playmaker of the decade, the Barcelona captain finished with 174 had 127, while Ronaldo received 54.

IFFHS said:

“We have taken in consideration the TOP 20 of each yearly ranking of each category concerned and allocated points to each place.

“So the first placed received 20 points, the second placed 19 points, the third placed 18 points … and 1 point for the 20th place. Adding the points from the individual years provides a World Ranking for the Period 2011 – 2020.”

12) Cristiano Ronaldo – 54 points

11) Xavi Hernandez – 55 points

10) Yaya Toure – 60 points

9) Andrea Pirlo – 63 points

8) Mesut Ozil – 69 points

7) Neymar – 71 points

6) Eden Hazard – 77 points

5) Toni Kroos – 90 points

4) Kevin De Bruyne – 103 points

3) Luka Modric – 113 points

2) Andres Iniesta – 127 points

1) Lionel Messi – 174 points