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Messi chosen as ESPN’s Best Forward, beating Kylian Mbappe and Cristiano Ronaldo

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Lionel Messi has been chosen as the Best Forward in the world by ESPN, beating the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Cristiano Ronaldo as part of their FC 100 feature.

It attempts to rank the best individuals in ten different categories, which range from nine playing positions, including goalkeeper, right-back, left-back, centre-back, central midfield, attacking midfield, forward, winger, striker, and one manager.

Lionel Messi has topped the charts for the forward category, which ESPN describes a potent mix of attacking midfield, winger and centre-forward, but also have the intelligence and quick thinking to know where to be. Kylian Mbappe finished as the runner up in this race, while Cristiano Ronaldo came third.

Marc-Andre Ter Stegen was included among the best goalkeepers, and has been ranked fourth, behind winner Manuel Neuer, runner up Alisson and third placed Jan Oblak. Sergino Dest also featured in the lists, ranked 10th in the right-back category, while Jordi Alba finishes third as the left-back. Finally, Frenkie de Jong has also been named, ranking 8th among central midfielders.

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