Lionel Messi may well have the most Ballon D’Or wins in history… but Cristiano Ronaldo actually has more points!
Messi was handed his seventh Ballon D’Or on Monday evening, beating Bayern Munich goal-machine Robert Lewandowski to the coveted accolade.
It may not have been his most deserved one out of the lot, but it was his SEVENTH, which is at least two more than any other player has won in history.
Cristiano Ronaldo, of course, is his closest competitor with ‘just’ the five, but the Manchester United forward is actually the most voted-for player in the history of the award.
Ronaldo has collected over 200 points more than Messi over the years, which is quite impressive, even if he lags behind on actual Ballon D’Ors won.
Cristiano Ronaldo is still the player with the most points in Ballon d’Or history… This says a lot. pic.twitter.com/IPigTxcNiZ
— TCR. (@TeamCRonaldo) November 30, 2021
Though he’d no doubt rather boast Messi’s haul of seven, he can at least take some pride in being recognised so emphatically by his peers in the industry.
In truth, if Ronaldo was born in any other era, he’d probably have 10 Ballon D’Ors to his name. It’s impressive he’s got five in the Lionel Messi era!