Lionel Messi, the Argentine football maestro currently playing for Inter Miami, has been declared the best footballer of the 21st century. The pronouncement comes as per the rankings released by the celebrated football magazine FourFourTwo, Report informs.

Messi, known for his mesmerizing ball control and scoring prowess, outshined his contemporaries, including Cristiano Ronaldo and Andres Iniesta, to secure the top spot.

Following Messi in the rankings, Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese forward currently playing for Al-Nasr club, secured second place. The third spot was claimed by former Barcelona and Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta, known for his exceptional vision and passing abilities.