3. Eden Hazard
Eden Hazard is one of the best players when he is on the ball and is quite easily one of the best playmakers in the world. The Belgian superstar has been mesmerizing defenders with his quick feet, dribbling and skills.
From his first days at Lille, Eden Hazard proved early that he would become one of the best dribblers in the game. He moved on to Chelsea and forged his legend as a world-class player. After winning several trophies and becoming a star, he moved to Real Madrid last summer.
Hazard’s output in the Spanish capital hasn’t yet matched the standards he set in west London, but it’s surely only a matter of time before the Belgian recaptures his best form. With wonderful trickery, balance and acceleration, the 28-year-old is simply too talented not to be a success at the Santiago Bernabeu. He finished third in the IFFHS Award for World’s best Playmaker in 2019.
2. Kevin De Bruyne
De Bruyne isn’t the best footballer in the world, but he’s arguably the most complete. Creative, powerful, skilful and dynamic, the Manchester City man can pass, shoot, dribble, tackle and cross – and all with either foot.
Manchester City have been one of the best English teams over the past few seasons. Their brilliance is down to team-work. However, there is one man who has stood-out among all – Kevin de Bruyne.
Known for his immaculate technique, wide range of passing skills and ability to score spectacular long-range goals, De Bruyne has been key to City’s consistent performances in both the Premier League and Champions League.
He is the best player in the Premier League and if he can keep performing this way, then it could well be the season when City break their deadlock in the Champions League.
1. Lionel Messi
Named as the best playmaker in the world by IFFHS in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019, Messi is probably the greatest ever to play this game. Endowed with unrivalled skill, determination and self-belief wrapped up in flair, the Barcelona star is the veritable heartbeat of his club side. Playing some truly scintillating football in La Liga, Copa del Rey and the Champions League. His skill has led him to many individual honours as well as to his team.
His short, strong legs allow him to excel in short bursts of acceleration while his quick feet enable him to retain control of the ball when dribbling at speed. Former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola once stated, “Messi is the only player that runs faster with the ball than he does without it.”
Messi is predominantly a left-footed player; with the outside of his left foot, he usually begins dribbling runs, while he uses the inside of his foot to finish and provide passes and assists
Cultivating pure genius at every opportunity, he sees things that others cannot and continues to imbue the game with an erudition that has ingrained itself in our minds through his many incredible passes, deceptive nutmegs and mazy dribbles, all done to benefit his team.