By Danny Ryan Published: 11 Jun 2021, 17:52
The superstar pair have dominated the sport's modern era, winning a combined total of 11 Ballon d'Or awards (Messi 6, Ronaldo 5).
However, both Messi and Ronaldo are now well into their 30s and as such, their places at the very top of player rankings are now under threat - despite the fact they're both still dropping world-class performances at the very highest level on a regular basis.
FourFourTwo have named who they believe are the 50 best footballers on the planet right now and neither Messi or Ronaldo sit top of the pile.
Let's take a look at who takes spot instead...
50. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (AC Milan)
49. John Stones (Manchester City)
48. Marco Verratti (Paris Saint-Germain)
47. Sadio Mane (Liverpool)