5) Lionel Messi

The Barcelona ace won a record fourth Golden Boot this term, ending the season with a massive 47 goals as he helped Barca regain the La Liga title. Often criticised for not producing enough for Argentina, Messi has turned the tide in recent years. After having a solitary goal to his name in the previous two world cup editions, Messi fired four in seven games in Brazil to nearly guide Argentina to the title before Mario Gotze interrupted the celebrations. He is also a major reason behind Argentina’s presence in the World Cup, having scored a crucial hattrick in a do or die game against Ecuador. The 2018 world cup provides Messi with virtually a last chance of lifting the title as by the time 2022 arrives,Messi would have been 34 and well beyond his best years.

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