How many Ballon d’Or has Messi and Ronaldo won?
Portuguese and Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo shares five Ballon d’Or each with Argentine and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi. They both are dubbed as the greatest players of all time. The two dominated the Ballon d’Or for 10 years until Luka Modric of Croatia ended their reign winning his first Ballon d’Or in 2018. Will the world get its new Ballon d’Or winner or either of the two will claim the award once again.
When did Ronaldo win his first Ballon d Or?
Cristiano Ronaldo who is currently playing for the Italian club, Juventus has won the Ballon d’Or five times. He won his first Ballon d’Or in 2008 while he was playing for English club Manchester United. He was a key player in the English team that won 3 Premier League titles, 1 FA Cup title, 2 Football League Cup title, 1 FA Community Shield title, 1 Champions League title, and 1 FIFA Club World Cup title. Cristiano Ronaldo then joined Spanish Club Real Madrid ahead of the 2009-10 season for 94 million Euro, a world record transfer fee at the time. Ronaldo became Real Madrid’s one of the legendary players when he delivered the Los Blancos 2 La Liga titles, 2 Copa del Rey titles, 2 Supercopa de Espana, 4 UEFA Champions League titles, 2 Super Cup titles, and 3 FIFA Club World Cup titles. He was the key player for the Los Blancos that created history to win UEFA Champions League titles in consecutive years. He is the Real Madrid’s all-time top goalscorer with 451 goals. He joined the Italian club Juventus in July 2018 for 100 million Euro which was the highest ever transfer fee for a player over 30 years old. He is also the recipient of 4 European Golden Shoes and is all-time top goalscorer in UEFA Champions League with 105 goals. He is also Portugal’s all-time top goalscorer with 85 goals.
Can Messi win Ballon d’Or 2019?
The Argentine forward Lionel Messi also has 5 Ballon d’Or awards and 6 European Golden Shoes in his pockets. He has spent his entire career with the Spanish club Barcelona. With Barcelona, he has won 10 La Liga titles, 4 UEFA Champions League titles, 6 Copa del Rey titles, 7 Supercopa de Espana titles, 3 UEFA Super Cup titles, and 3 FIFA Club World Cup titles. He has scored 695 senior career goals for club and country to date. Messi won his first Ballon d’Or award in 2009. He went on to win Ballon d’Or for 4 consecutive years from 2009 to 2012. He last won a Ballon d’Or back in 2015. He is the La Liga’s top goalscorer with 419 goals and top assist provider with 169 assists. He is also Argentina’s all-time top goalscorer with 65 goals. He led his team to the 2014 FIFA World Cup final, where they lost to Germany in the final. He won the FIFA World Cup Golden Ball whereas his country finished as the runner-up. He is favorited to win the 2019 Ballon d’Or. If won, he will be the only player to win 6 Ballon d’Ors, one ahead of Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo.
Who Will Win Ballon d’Or 2019?
Both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will eye for Ballon d’Or 2019. Though they play in different leagues at present, the rivalry between two hasn’t ended yet. Both stand with 5 Ballon d’Or awards each. Lionel Messi led Barcelona to win the club’s 26th and his 10th La Liga title and his 6th and the club’s 30th Copa del Rey title. Barcelona reached the semi-final of the 2018-19 UEFA Champions League. Despite leading 3-0 in the first leg against English club Liverpool, they conceded 4 away goals at Anfield. They departed from the 2018-19 UEFA Champions League from the semi-final despite having a 3-0 advantage in the first leg. Barcelona also suffered 1-2 loss against Valencia in the 2019 Copa Del Rey Final. At one point, Barcelona was favorited to win Copa del Rey and UEFA Champions League titles. Lionel Messi won his 6th Golden Boot scoring 36 league goals. On the other hand, Cristiano Ronaldo won Supercoppa Italiana with Juventus in his very first season a the club. He also won his first Serie A title in his first season at Juventus and finished the season with 21 league goals. Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in a 3-0 win against Atletico Madrid in the return leg of the Round of 16 fixtures against them. In doing so, Juventus recorded their greatest comeback in the history as they suffered 0-2 loss against the Spanish club in the first leg. Though Cristiano rescued Juventus from an early exit from Champions League, Juventus were eliminated from the Champions League by the FC Ajax.
Why Virgil Van Dijk has more chance of winning Ballon d’Or 2019 than Lionel Messi
As both players finished the 2018-19 season with amazing performance, it is uncertain to determine who will win the Ballon d’Or this year. Neither of the players achieved success to deliver the Champions League in this season. Liverpool later went on to become a Champions League winner defeating Tottenham 2-0.