Carragher names his top five players of all time as Messi tops the list

Jamie Carragher has named who he believes are the best five footballers of all time – with Paris Saint-Germain star Lionel Messi top of the list after lifting the 2022 World Cup.

Many feel that Messi’s World Cup victory with Argentina in Qatar has finally settled the GOAT (Greatest of All Time) debate once and for all.

The 35-year-old adds the World Cup trophy to the Copa America title he won with Argentina last year, while at club level he has won four UEFA Champions Leagues, 10 La Liga titles, seven Copa del Rey trophies, three Club World Cups, three Super Cups and the Ligue 1 title.

Messi has been awarded the Ballon d’Or a record seven times and is the only player ever in history to win the Golden Ball two times at the World Cup.

Before moving to PSG in 2021, Messi had spent his entire career at Barcelona, joining the Catalan side as a schoolboy from Newell’s Old Boys in Argentina.

He registered a mouth-watering 672 goals and 303 goals across 778 matches for Barcelona after making his debut for the first team in 2004.

Since moving to PSG, Messi has registered 23 goals and 29 assists in 52 games for the French club.

He topped Carragher’s list, while fellow Argentine hero Diego Maradona was named as the second player on the list of best player of all time.

Maradona and Messi are the only two players since 1966 to have scored 5+ goals and created 20+ chances in a World Cup competition.

Brazil legend Pele – who won three World Cups in 1958, 1962 and 1970 was picked as No.3 by Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher.

Carragher then named ‘Ronaldo’ at No.4 – but it is very much likely the pundit was referring to Portugal hero Cristiano Ronaldo, rather than the former Brazil striker.

The last name on Carragher’s list was France legend Zinedine Zidane, who was ranked at No.5.

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