4. Lionel Messi
While he’s recently faced some tough times in the form of a Copa America loss, retirement from the national team and a tax evasion skirmish, Lionel Messi is still undoubtedly the greatest footballer in the game today. The only football player in history to win five FIFA Ballons d’Or, four of which he won consecutively, and the first player to win three European Golden Shoes, leading goal scorer for Argentina in international play, the accolades go on and on. Is he the greatest? A World Cup or Copa America victories would cement it, but he’s certainly in the discussion.