Lionel Messi's exploits this week have led many to label him the best footballer the ever play the game.

However, which one of Messi's attributes would contribute to making the best player in the world in the modern day. GMF takes a look at the players who would make up that unbeatable player.
 

Control

Lionel Messi

While it's his speed that gains the most attention, it's the Argentine's close control while running at speed that makes him as fearsome a player as he is, and sparks the comparisons with Diego Maradona.
 

Drive

Carles Puyol

The Spaniard's tenacity in the tackle, which often gets him in trouble, and determination at the back is at the heart of Barcelona's success. Even injured, Puyol was determined to play a part in last season's Champions league final, such is his desire to succeed.
 

Finishing

Mario Gomez

The 26-year-old has earned a reputation as the best goal poacher in European football. Not a player high on technical ability, but with 42 goals already this season, the same as he got last term, he clearly knows where the goal is.
 

Heading

Cristiano Ronaldo

Perhaps the most underrated attribute of the former world player of the year. Is able to leap like a salmon from dead ball situations, or from a fizzing cross, as he proved in last season's Copa del Rey final against Barcelona.
 

Hold-up play

Didier Drogba

Relies more on his strength in his latter days, but still provides an able pivot for Chelsea's attacks. Previously had the pace to capitalise upon his strength, now has the nous to find other. Yet to find an equal in the Premier League.
 

Pace

Gareth Bale

While the likes of Messi and Theo Walcott might be quick off the ball, it's with the ball that makes Bale stand out. His acceleration has already bamboozled the likes of Maicon, and one can only hope his opportunities to shine aren't restricted.
 

Strength

Yaya Toure

Doesn't so much bundle his way through as he does bulldoze his way up the pitch. Toure has a unique combination of undeniable strength and excellent pace, making him a human wrecking ball in attacking position. City rarely with same without him.
 

Tackling

Jeremy Toulalan

The stats never lie, and this season at least, Toulalan is the king of tackling in European football. With 25 games played this season, the Frenchman has already made 132 tackles. Big spending Malaga have taken a punt, but will a bigger name take him on?
 

Vision

Paul Scholes

A thankless task trying to chose between Manchester United's midfielder and Barcelona's Xavi. Scholes just nicks it given he was brought up in an era when his game wasn't the norm and has since thrived, while Xavi was molded into the player he is today.

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