Messi: The best is yet to come

I can understand why Cristiano Ronaldo sits atop FFT's 100 best players in the world list. The Portuguese has had an amazing 2013, scoring unfathomable goals with apparent ease and has been the standout individual talent. Yet for all his brilliance, something still eluded CR7 this year: a trophy. As barometers go, silverware is as good as any.

Lionel Messi was an omnipresent orchestrator as Barcelona strolled to a fourth La Liga title in five years. He was the league's Pichichi (again), scoring his 46 goals at a quicker rate (1.43 per game) than the barely credible 50 he managed in 2011/12.

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Andrew Murray is a freelance journalist, who regularly contributes to both the FourFourTwo magazine and website. Formerly a senior staff writer at FFT and a fluent Spanish speaker, he has interviewed major names such as Virgil van Dijk, Mohamed Salah, Sergio Aguero and Xavi. He was also named PPA New Consumer Journalist of the Year 2015.