1. Lionel Messi

Barcelona's diminutive forward Lionel Messi may looked to have enjoyed a quieter year than usual by his remarkable standards on the surface, but still smashed in 38 goals in 36 games in a title-winning campaign.

Messi scored a quite incredible 46 goals as Barca marched to a record points haul in La Liga last season, following that up with 14 in 16 so far this term in a campaign currently curtailed by injury.

The Argentine international could surely cement his status as the game's greatest player with success in 2014, as a date with destiny at the World Cup finals awaits next summer in South America.

Topics:
#Paris Saint-Germain
#Gareth Bale
#Bayern Munich
#Real Madrid
#Cristiano Ronaldo
#Liverpool
#Ronaldo
#Franck Ribery
#Manchester City
#Luis Suarez
#Barcelona
#Lionel Messi
#Sergio Aguero
#Neymar
#Football