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2018 Awards Issue cover
EditorJames Andrew
Total circulation
(June-Dec 2015)
27,068 monthly circulation for 2022
First issue1994
CountryUnited Kingdom
Based inPaddington

FourFourTwo is a football magazine published by Future. Issued monthly, it published its 300th edition in May 2019. It takes its name from the football formation of the same name, 4-4-2.

In 2008 FourFourTwo entered into a three-year shirt sponsorship deal with Swindon Town.[1]

Rankings and awards

Argentine Lionel Messi has won the award a record 8 times, 4 of which in consecutive years (2009–12).[2]

FourFourTwo has a number of annual rankings and awards. In 2007, the magazine put together its first FFT100, their list of the 100 best footballers in the world.[3][4] At the end of the 2012–13 Premier League season, FourFourTwo announced its first Stats Zone Awards.[5] In May 2015, the inaugural list of the 50 best Asian players in world football was announced.[6] They have also produced a top 50 of players from the Football League.[7]

Best Football Player in the World
Year Player Club
2007 Brazil Kaká[4] Italy Milan
2008 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo England Manchester United
2009 Argentina Lionel Messi Spain Barcelona
2010 Argentina Lionel Messi Spain Barcelona
2011 Argentina Lionel Messi Spain Barcelona
2012 Argentina Lionel Messi Spain Barcelona
2013 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo[8] Spain Real Madrid
2014 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Spain Real Madrid
2015 Argentina Lionel Messi[9] Spain Barcelona
2016 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Spain Real Madrid
2017 Argentina Lionel Messi[10] Spain Barcelona
2018 Argentina Lionel Messi[11] Spain Barcelona
2019 Argentina Lionel Messi[2] Spain Barcelona
2020 Poland Robert Lewandowski[12] Germany Bayern Munich
2021 Poland Robert Lewandowski[13] Germany Bayern Munich
2022 Norway Erling Haaland Germany Borussia Dortmund
England Manchester City
2023 Norway Erling Haaland England Manchester City
Wins by Player
Player Wins
Argentina Lionel Messi 8
Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo 4
Norway Erling Haaland 2
Poland Robert Lewandowski 2
Brazil Kaká 1
Win by Clubs
Clubs Wins
Spain FC Barcelona 8
Spain Real Madrid 3
Germany Bayern Munich 2
England Manchester City 2
Italy AC Milan 1
England Manchester United 1
Germany Borussia Dortmund 1

Greatest Player of the 21st Century

In April 2022, FourFourTwo magazine ranked the best footballers of the 21st century. Lionel Messi was ranked as number 1.[14]

The 50 greatest Barcelona players of all time[15]

The 50 greatest Real Madrid players of all time[16]

Other editions

  • Dutch edition - First published in November 2018, by F&L Media[17]

See also


  1. ^ "Swindon clinch sponsorship deal". BBC Sport. 5 June 2008. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
  2. ^ a b "The 100 Best Football Players in the World 2019: full list revealed". 20 December 2019. Retrieved 20 December 2020.
  3. ^ "100 Best Players in the World". FourFourTwo. 1 December 2014. Archived from the original on 26 May 2015. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  4. ^ a b "FourFourTwo's Top 100 Soccer Players List «". Retrieved 21 December 2020.
  5. ^ "FFT announce Stats Zone Awards 2014/15". FourFourTwo. 26 May 2015. Archived from the original on 26 May 2015. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  6. ^ "The FourFourTwo 50 Best Asian Players 2015". FourFourTwo. 13 May 2015. Archived from the original on 26 May 2015. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  7. ^ "Ritchie takes top spot in Football League Top 50". FourFourTwo. 1 April 2015. Archived from the original on 26 May 2015. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  8. ^ Brewin, Joe (28 November 2013). "FourFourTwo's Top 100 Players in the World 2013: 10-1". Retrieved 20 December 2020.
  9. ^ Horncastle, James (4 December 2015). "FourFourTwo's Best 100 Football Players in the World 2015 No.1: Lionel Messi". Retrieved 20 December 2020.
  10. ^ "FourFourTwo's 100 Best Football Players in the World 2017: No.1, Lionel Messi". 15 December 2017. Retrieved 20 December 2020.
  11. ^ Murray, Andrew (21 December 2018). "FFT100 2018: No.1, Lionel Messi (Barcelona)". Retrieved 20 December 2020.
  12. ^ "Robert Lewandowski voted Player of the Year in FourFourTwo Awards". 7 December 2020. Retrieved 20 December 2020.
  13. ^ Pope, Conor (31 December 2021). "Ranked! The 50 best players in the world, 2021". Retrieved 31 December 2021.
  14. ^ White, Alasdair Mackenzie Contributions from Mark; Pope, Conor; published, Greg Lea (8 April 2022). "Ranked! The 100 best players of the 21st Century". Retrieved 18 April 2022.
  15. ^ White, Mark (16 October 2022). "Ranked! The 50 greatest Barcelona players of all time".
  16. ^ White, Mark (16 October 2022). "Ranked! The 50 greatest Real Madrid players of all time".
  17. ^ Wereldberoemd Voetbalmagazine FourFourTwo Komt Naar Nederland,, 9 October 2018
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