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Lionel Messi nominated for IFFHS Men's World Best Playmaker 2021 award

Arjun Singh Devgan
Lionel Messi has won the IFFHS Men's World Best Playmaker award four times in the past
Lionel Messi has won the IFFHS Men's World Best Playmaker award four times in the past / Eurasia Sport Images/GettyImages
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Argentina and Paris Saint-Germain superstar, Lionel Messi is widely considered as the greatest player in the history of the sport, with the striker winning numerous professional and individual honours during his career so far, including a record six Ballon d'Or awards.

Messi is on the verge of winning another honour as the striker has been nominated for the IFFHS Men’s World Best Playmaker 2021 award, joining the likes of Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric and Barcelona midfielder Pedri in the shortlist for the award.

This is not the first time that the 34-year-old has been nominated for the honour as he has won the award four times so far in his career. However, he has not had the best of times this year for the French giants, failing to register an assist for his new club following his move as he has not played much as a playmaker.

The Argentinian icon did have notable success in this area of play with Barcelona last season and in the 2021 Copa America tournament with Argentina and it will be interesting to see whether he picks up his fifth such honour.

IFFHS Men's World Best Playmaker 2021 - List of candidates

1) Lionel Messi (Argentina, Barcelona/PSG)

2) Pedri (Spain, Barcelona)

3) Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium, Manchester City)

4) Luka Modric (Croatia, Real Madrid)

5) Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Denmark, Tottenham Hotspur)

6) Mason Mount (England, Chelsea)

7) Sergio Oliveira (Portugal, Porto)

8) Bruno Fernandes (Portugal, Manchester United)

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