ESPN name Barça’s Leo Messi the world’s best forward




Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has been named the best forward in the world by ESPN FC’s group of specialists, beating a rundown likewise including Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappe.


The ESPN 100 features

The ESPN 100 features 10 different categories, so that each position is recognised. There’s additionally a classification for the coahes inside the 100, which was bested by Manchester City mentor Josep Guardiola.


The forward classification was the most fiercly challenged. Messi, who was not in the Top Three for FIFA’s The Best or the Ballon d’Or this year, was first ahead of Ronaldo and Mbappe.


Lionel Messi

« Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: Messi is the best footballer on earth, and even at 31, he finds different ways to show it, » ESPN explain.

« His destruction of Tottenham in October prompted many to ask whether it was his best performance ever. Perhaps, perhaps not: There have been such a significant number of contenders. Last season brought several more as he finished with 45 goals. His only regret? Falling short with Argentina. »


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