Barcelona and Argentine star, Lionel Messi has finally put an end to the debate as to who is the greatest footballer of all times between him and Cristiano Ronaldo when he picked up his sixth Ballon d’Or in Paris on Monday, December 2.
The 32-year-old beat Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk and Juventus’ Ronaldo to the award to finally cement his status as the greatest of all times.
Messi becomes the first player to win the award on six occasions, having been tied with Ronaldo on five.
The Argentine and the Portuguese dominated the Ballon d’Or for a decade between 2008 and 2017; winning five apiece in that time.
Their duopoly was broken last year as Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric claimed the prestigious prize but the Barca forward has now collected a record sixth Golden Ball.
Messi won four Ballons d’Or between 2009 and 2012 after starring in the great Barcelona team under Pep Guardiola.
He claimed the prize again in 2015 after leading the Catalan club to a treble of La Liga; Copa del Rey and Champions League crowns with Luis Enrique in charge.
He was the favourite to win the Ballon d’Or this year; having beaten Van Dijk to FIFA’s The Best trophy in September.
The Argentine attacker hit 51 goals in 50 appearances in 2018-19 as Barcelona won La Liga; but lost out to Liverpool in the Champions League semi-finals.