The dynamic dribbler has developed into an experienced playmaker who now controls the action while still being effective in the final third.
Messi, who was voted into the top 3 players in the world for 10 years and in the top two for nine has been named ‘Greatest Footballer of all time’ by FourFourTwo.
The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner has started an era of dominance, setting mind-boggling individual stats scoring 91 goals in a calendar year for club and country.
The 34-year-old has scored 36 hat-tricks in the Spanish league, La Liga, which is a testimony of his goal-scoring prowess.
Followed by Messi is the legendary Deigo Maradona, who is the only player to have five goals and five assists in a single World Cup.
Third on the list is Cristiano Ronaldo, holds the record for most goals and assists in the UEFA Champions League (140 and 42 respectively).
The all-time leading goalscorer for Brazil with 77 goals in 92 games, Pele, who also scored his 1000thgoal from a penalty against Vasco Da Gama, occupies the 4th spot.
Fifth on the list is the prolific scorer Zinedine Zidane who was the master of elegance.
The attacking midfielder led France to victory in the 1998 FIFA World Cup, scoring twice. Post this, he was named to the All-Star Team and received the Legion of Honour.