The debate for the GOAT could very well be settled today – or not, as Lionel Messi won his sixth Ballon d`Or trophy, a decade after he won his very first one.
He moved step closer to been recognized as the greatest to ever play the game according to alot of football lovers, for some, he and his arch rival Ronaldo, who has also won the award 5 times, are the greatest to ever play the game.
Messi`s numbers that won him the award are riddiculously impressive, he was involved in 63 goals in total in the past 12 months for both club and country, including 46 goals and 17 assists as the playmaker helped Barca to retain their La Liga crown.
The Barca captain beat Liverpool’s Netherlands centre-back Virgil van Dijk into second place, while his long-time rival Cristiano Ronaldo was third in the voting, with Liverpool forward Sadio Mane fourth.
“It was an amazing year, but there’s a couple of players like that who are a bit unnatural,” said Van Dijk, of Messi and Ronaldo.
“So you need to respect greatness as well. I was close, but there was just someone a little bit better.
This is what Messi also had to say afte he won the award
He also made history as the first player to win the award for a record sixth time ! leaving Ronaldo in the dust.