Lionel Messi: Barcelona star claims World's Best Playmaker award for 2019

Lionel Messi: Barcelona star claims World's Best Playmaker award for 2019

- Lionel Messi has been named World's Best Playmaker Award winner for the year 2019

- The Barcelona star beats off competition from Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne

- The award was given to him by International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS)

Barcelona talisman, Lionel Messi, for a world record of 4th time has been named the IFFHS award winner for world's best playmaker of the year 2019.

The Argentine forward, 32, beat off competition from former Chelsea star Eden Hazard and Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne.

Considered football posterboy of his generation, Messi failed to win Champions League but guided Barcelona to domestic glory last season.

His stellar performance has now seen him crowned again as the playmaker of the year by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS).

Magnificent Messi claimed award with 299 points ahead of the Man City star who came second with 85 points.

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Belgium star Eden Hazard came third with Liverpool's Roberto Firmino and Man City's Bernardo Silva sealing the top five spot.

Messi, a five-time Ballon d'Or award winner, currently holds the all-time record of the IFFHS most awards with nine in ten years.

He was crowned FIFA The Best player for the year 2019 ahead of Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk.

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Meanwhile, Paris Saint Germain forward, Kylian Mbappe, has thrown his weight behind Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi for the prestigious Ballon d'Or 2019 award.

The Argentine faces stiff competition from his close rival Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool's centre-back Virgil van Dijk ahead of this year's award gala slated for December.

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