Lionel Messi may have beaten longstanding rival Cristiano Ronaldo to FIFA’s The Best Men’s Player award this year, but the Portuguese superstar has now extended an impressive Ballon d’Or record over his arch-nemesis.
However, Ronaldo wrote his name into the award’s history books after being nominated for a 16th year in a row.
After Virgil van Dijk was named the 2019 UEFA Player of the Year and Messi won FIFA’s The Best Men’s Player prize, it remains to be seen whether or not Ronaldo can turn his Ballon d’Or nomination into victory.
Here is a full history of Messi and Ronaldo’s Ballon d’Or nominations and what positions they finished in:
If either of the two rivals is crowned the 2019 Ballon d’Or winner, they would be lifting the accolade a record-breaking sixth time.
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