Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Xavi Hernandez, the best playmaker in the world for the fourth consecutive year

The International Federation for Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) named Barcelona's footballer Xavi Hernandez as the best playmaker in the world.

This is the fourth consecutive year the Catalan player receives this honor. Xavi outranked Barcelona teammates Lio Messi and Andres Iniesta, and many other popular players like Cristiano Ronaldo and David Silva. 

Here's the final ranking made by the IFFHS: 

1. Xavier Hernández Creus "Xavi" (SPA/Barcelona) 232 puntos
2. Lionel Messi (ARG/Barcelona) 147
3. Andrés Iniesta (SPA/Barcelona) 110
4. Mesut Özil (GER/Real Madrid) 59
5. Cristiano Ronaldo (POR/Real Madrid) 47
6. David Silva (SPA/Manchester City) 31
7. Wesley Sneijder (DEU/Inter Milan) 22
8. Xabier Alonso "Xabi" (SPA/Real Madrid) 19
9. Diego Forlán (URU/Inter Milan) 17
10. Cesc Fábregas (SPA/Barcelona) 15
11. Andrea Pirlo (ITA/Juventus) 15
12. Franck Ribery (FRA/Bayern Munich) 10
13. Bastian Schweinsteiger (GER/Bayern Munich) 9
14. Luka Modric (CRO/Tottenham Hotspur) 8
15. Frank Lampard (ENG/Chelsea) 5
16. Javier Matías Pastore (ARG/Paris Saint-Germain) 5