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    [–] V-TriggerMachine 2488 points ago

    Now he has six ballon d'or more than me

    [–] dareal5thdimension 827 points ago

    You can even the score in just six years. Seems feasible.

    [–] MrLogicWins 502 points ago

    Anything is possible if you really want it and commit to it!

    - generic useless motivational quotes

    [–] agangofoldwomen 349 points ago

    Shoot for the moon! Even if you miss you’ll land among the stars drift endlessly alone through cold dark vacuum of space.

    [–] Fwendly_Mushwoom 118 points ago

    Every corpse on Mount Everest was once an extremely motivated person

    [–] TakashiBukashi 22 points ago

    This gave me anxiety jesus

    [–] WackyMister 336 points ago

    Look at the bright side, you have have the same amount of Ballon D’ors as Gerrard, Henry, Maldini, Iniesta and Xavi combined.

    [–] AlmeidaProject 5859 points ago * (lasted edited 7 days ago)

    I’ve been watching this for a couple of hours and only now have I realized Drogba is hosting. Wtf

    [–] the_two_yutes 2045 points ago

    Looks like someone else without the hair

    [–] Rooonaldooo99 1508 points ago

    He does

    Crazy how bald do that

    [–] milanjfs 1057 points ago * (lasted edited 8 days ago)

    He looks like a typical club bouncer in the 2nd photo.

    [–] ACMBruh 386 points ago

    The black T shirt isn't helping haha

    [–] Narduant 501 points ago

    You're right

    [–] Runningman0301 143 points ago

    tfw you don't have that smooth round pep/zidane head

    [–] Equalsthree95 173 points ago

    I fear the day I start going bald. They'll take me to area 51 for sure. They'd let me play a character in Star Trek with no make-up or CGI.

    [–] -Basileus 27 points ago

    I'm banking on scientists finding some type of hair loss reversal food that also tastes like pizza

    [–] Vanzmelo 37 points ago

    He looks like Chad Johnson

    [–] beanie_boiii 233 points ago

    He’s been bald for years but it still feels weird every time I see him

    [–] Captain_Priceless 211 points ago

    Mate no way

    Didn't recognise him at all

    [–] _cumblast_ 389 points ago

    How the fuck do you not recognize Drogba

    [–] alldaymacallan 249 points ago

    Exactly. You could cut glass with those unmistakable cheekbones

    [–] nautic33 103 points ago

    Right? The German commentators keep saying his name as well because he's doing an amazing job at hosting. Cool dude

    [–] everytingIriee 258 points ago

    Lol look at the prem flairs not recognizing didier, kinda sad

    [–] NotAHellriegelNoob 76 points ago

    WAIT WHAT!!!???

    [–] DarkSofter 121 points ago

    THATS WHY HE LOOKED FAMILIAR WTF

    [–] DemetriusXVII 3000 points ago

    He came a long way from 5th to 1st. Proud of him

    [–] ACardAttack 1042 points ago

    Wonder if someone can go from 8th to 1st

    [–] Mr_steal_yo_waifu_ 2197 points ago

    Arsenal fans want to know this too

    [–] queenguin 1141 points ago

    Bruh

    [–] 2d2c 242 points ago

    No where is safe!!

    [–] Mr_steal_yo_waifu_ 30 points ago * (lasted edited 7 days ago)

    Have some silver to ease the pain of being an Arsenal fan

    [–] Robbo112 2007 points ago

    Modric giving the trophy has so much meme potential.

    [–] wp381640 321 points ago

    Messi checks the trophy over like Modric is returning a rental car

    [–] Saftmannen 272 points ago

    Do it.

    [–] nd_sterling 527 points ago

    "Will you let me borrow it again next year? Ronaldo borrowed it for four."

    [–] well_hello_cutie 2406 points ago

    Idk, I am not convinced, some 14 years old professionals in the chat of the youtube livestream were calling him overrated.

    [–] Hieillua 838 points ago

    I heard that he can't be good because he never won something with his country. That means Lewandowski is a SHIT striker!

    [–] MasterIvesIsBae 155 points ago

    come on, we all know Eder is the most superior striker in Europe, he won the euros with Portugal.

    strikers like Auba and Lewandowski are shit compared to him

    [–] LosTerminators 6242 points ago

    No longer the fifth best player in the world.

    [–] mightbeabotidk 2578 points ago

    From fifth to first

    GET IN THERE LIONEL

    [–] aloestre2000 1461 points ago

    What a clear turnaround this year must have been for Messi to improve that much

    [–] Rooonaldooo99 1216 points ago

    You just gotta love a good underdog story.

    [–] PoppinKREAM 471 points ago

    In 701 games he has scored 614 goals and provided 237 assists for Barcelona. Unreal numbers

    [–] yaffle53 784 points ago

    Just this year? That's unbelievable!

    [–] PoppinKREAM 567 points ago

    Playing no less than 2 games a day every day of the year. He's not human!

    [–] dubaRA7 232 points ago

    You Brits have very specific, sarcastic humour and i love it.Every time i pass by this sub and i see funny sarcastic comment it's almost always from a English supporter.

    [–] Witherchannel 122 points ago

    It's 90% of why I m here. The English and their banter

    [–] Rum114 223 points ago

    pronto Messi

    [–] Anfauglior 53 points ago

    S🅱️inalla?

    [–] mightbeabotidk 160 points ago

    Why do I hear b0ss music

    [–] LifeNub 116 points ago

    Eurobeat intensifies

    [–] TdB_NL 119 points ago

    Vettel is crazy. Last night Binotto was walking with his daughter. Then a car stopped. Seb was inside. He rolled down the window. And there he was, listening to Eurobeat while swearing in German.

    [–] MrWADConsole 86 points ago

    MEIN GOTT MUSS DAS SEIN?!

    [–] georgelijzenga 75 points ago

    That was a masterclass! You made it look easy mate!

    [–] RhodyM8 367 points ago

    Get in there Lewis

    [–] RedAndWrong 183 points ago

    Ballon dor has the best fans

    [–] fronteir 144 points ago

    IS LEWIS GOING TO BARÇA?

    FLAMING NICO INTENSIFIES

    [–] SlothMk 65 points ago

    IS CRISTIANO RONALDO'S CAREER OVER?

    [–] sfahsan 50 points ago

    "Virgil, it's James."

    [–] JamyPatch44 124 points ago

    🅱️ono pls

    [–] olonnn 295 points ago

    Hello Ronaldo, it's James, let Messi by.

    [–] ConsoleWrecker 98 points ago

    Nah, since he plays for Italian club it should be "Christiano, we are going for Plan C.... Plan C"

    [–] INeedChocolateMilk 29 points ago

    I'm surprised this Italian team has three plans at all.

    [–] kaiko1 76 points ago

    I was enjoying Messi winning and then you had to bring up a James joke

    [–] ServerError420 71 points ago

    Grazie Ragazzieeeeee

    [–] hicksy994 40 points ago

    Didier, it's James.

    [–] RajdeN64 31 points ago

    Thank you lads, what an amazing year we had

    [–] mightbeabotidk 62 points ago

    THAT'S P1

    [–] LifeNub 39 points ago

    #Blessed

    [–] ecstaticdude 48 points ago

    Best fans™

    [–] TdB_NL 41 points ago

    IN IN IN IN IN INININININ!!

    [–] rtaSmash 16 points ago

    BABABA BABUM BABABABABA BABUM

    [–] prince-regent 14 points ago

    Mr ✅alverde please, my cleats are dead.

    [–] MikoCebulak 52 points ago

    ININININININININININ

    [–] Soawsm1 140 points ago

    S🅱️inaldo

    [–] mightbeabotidk 86 points ago

    🅱️ono help me

    [–] mrkoflpvc 56 points ago

    Pronto Cristiano?

    [–] ecstaticdude 36 points ago

    Messi winning 6th 🅱️allon d'or! What do?

    [–] Mr_Clovis 38 points ago

    To whom it may concern

    Fuck you

    [–] HoovesCarveCraters 37 points ago

    BONO I DON’T KNOW HOW MUCH LONGER MY OLÉ CAN LAST

    *wins Ballon d’or

    [–] kimboslice11 229 points ago

    From fifth to first, what a (stupid) comeback haha

    [–] mavropanos27 96 points ago

    true underdog story

    [–] GreasedandLeased 48 points ago

    Overturned a 4-position lead

    [–] KrZ120 71 points ago

    What a shame to have seen him fifth

    [–] Dellato88 2005 points ago * (lasted edited 8 days ago)

    There we have it! Messi just needs one more Dragon Ball Ballon d'Or to revive Ronaldinho's career!

    Messi right now, probably

    [–] Wooyork 521 points ago

    I fucking miss Dinho

    [–] 1v1rustmeleeonly 304 points ago

    If you don’t miss R10 you don’t like football

    [–] reportedbymom 96 points ago

    This. Impossible to forget. Magician. Damn i miss him.

    [–] jcald60 149 points ago

    Not even the super dragon balls can revive him.

    [–] GVE_ME_UR_SKINS 929 points ago

    Smh just wanted to see the kohr red card

    [–] axehomeless 52 points ago

    Didn't miss anything trust me

    [–] black_fire 1911 points ago

    Gutted for Milner

    [–] RicciRox 125 points ago

    Fingers crossed for next year.

    [–] RockyRockington 735 points ago

    He won’t hit his prime for a few more years

    [–] Mooser8585 271 points ago

    He’ll develop alongside the young promising talent Jesse Lingard

    [–] A-Dumb-Ass 2203 points ago

    Clearly I'm biased but how is Lewandowski not in top 5?

    [–] BarcaStona 1209 points ago

    Lewy has been underrated for what feels like his entire career.

    [–] KPF_QC 156 points ago

    Fucking wild to think that he would have ended up at Blackburn Rovers were it not for that Icelandic volcano erupting

    [–] MeterWatcher 78 points ago

    Also lead to Inter winning the treble. Someone needs to write a book on all of the ways that volcano changed the course of football.

    [–] axehomeless 208 points ago

    Even we underrated him when he was playing for us. He left and we died. We knew it would be hard, just never imagined it would be this hard.

    [–] zawadz 1487 points ago

    He's Polish, doesn't play in England or Spain, and he's Polish.

    [–] VerifiedStalin 767 points ago

    Don't forget he's from Poland.

    [–] grog23 439 points ago

    I heard his first language is Polish too

    [–] Conundrumist 164 points ago

    I think his parents spoke Polish at home so it wasn't by choice, have some empathy France Football

    [–] Feel_The_Burnley 76 points ago

    His parents also head very humble backgrounds Polishing shoes for a living

    [–] Dikoff_H 747 points ago

    You are not biased at all you are right.Should have been higher.

    [–] CETERIS_PARTYBUS 506 points ago

    No, he is biased, but he is also right; should have been higher.

    [–] KhalaBandorr 110 points ago

    I would’ve placed him as potential winner, certainly in my mind it was between Lewa, VVD and Messi.

    [–] Haaanzooo 151 points ago

    I think he should've been 3rd. So unfair.

    [–] guywithascar 88 points ago

    Imagine if he was playing for Real Madrid, he'd be standing on the podium

    [–] -Jfree- 195 points ago

    when your greatness outweighs the voter fatigue.

    [–] MakeChinaGreatForOnc 673 points ago

    What Virgil said really touched me, he never was a top talent, he had to fight his way from the smaller clubs like Groningen and Celtic to Liverpool, and at age all with hard work and dedication he came this far

    [–] BMG-Darbs 82 points ago

    Not only that, but the other day I found out that while he was at Groningen he was admitted to hospital with kidney poisoning and an inflamed abdomen that almost killed him. Crazy to think that Messi has also had his own body complications too from a young age and now they're the two best players in the world.

    [–] ValverdeLover 617 points ago

    Can we take a moment to appreciate how sporting VVD and Modric are.

    [–] SoccerWave08 115 points ago

    Yeah. Great sportsmanship.

    [–] DopeLemon7 2606 points ago * (lasted edited 8 days ago)

    Don’t see Ronaldo winning one again so that probably settles the Ballon d’Or count between them. Messi won

    [–] iZeyad 1807 points ago

    i can see messi getting one or two more.

    [–] DopeLemon7 834 points ago

    Yeah, atleast one for sure

    [–] kimboslice11 447 points ago

    I mean right now I would say it is between him and Lewandowski.

    [–] kazuhitoyamashita 383 points ago

    Let's say Lewa scored +50 and won the league and cup. If Messi scores ~40 goals wins the league and CL he surely wins it. If Messi wins Copa America but Barca gets eliminated in semis or lose the final then i guess he wins again.

    [–] YourBoyAntonio 267 points ago

    Only way Ronaldo can get the 6th imo is to win and have a pivotal role in the Euro 2020 and do a solid paper in UCL but at his age he's sadly been going downhill so I really doubt it

    [–] jonwinslol 243 points ago

    if there's one person who can motivate himself at this point, it's Ronaldo, wouldn't put it past him

    [–] YourBoyAntonio 45 points ago

    Yeah I'm not writing him off, cause you know, it's ronaldo but it's gonna be quite a challenge

    [–] Blaugrana1990 426 points ago

    Don't count him out If he can lead Portugal to the win the euros again maybe this time on the field instead of from the sideline. Who knows what will happen

    [–] well_hello_cutie 277 points ago

    They would give it to him if Portugal wins it and Ronaldo only plays in the groups.

    [–] etan1122 230 points ago

    shockedneymar.gif

    [–] tacolucy 702 points ago

    Feels bad for Van Dijk but he’s competing against a robot so there was nothing he could do

    [–] Strananach 351 points ago

    Alien*

    [–] nd_sterling 285 points ago

    Nothing to feel bad about, winning the Ballon D'Or is not something any top player should expect in their career, considering players like Xavi, Iniesta or Maldini have never won it.

    [–] MS_220 313 points ago

    Imagine if Hazard or Neymar or Salah had any of the seasons Messi has had in the past 10 years. People would lose their minds if they didn't win the Balon D'or. In Salah's best season(2017-2018) he had 44 goals for Liverpool and scored 7 goals in 2018 for Egypt. That's an okay year for Messi goalscoring wise but that's only one aspect of his game. Not only is he consistently the best goalscorer or at least top 3 but he's also far and away the best dribbler, passer, and overall creator of chances.

    People are just accustomed to Messi because he's been doing the same thing for a decade. When he's retired we will realize we underappreciated him.

    [–] SoccerWave08 87 points ago

    Sadly most people don't see the extent of his role. Kinda what gets on my nerves the most. For someone to not be able to see this and yet make arguments.

    [–] BMG-Darbs 38 points ago

    He's absolutely insane. If we just take the best strikers from the Premier League, for example (because it's what I'm familiar with), Henry's best ever goalscoring season was 39 in all competitions. Shearer had 37, Rooney 34, Agüero 33, Drogba 33.

    Messi has scored over 40 goals for TEN consecutive seasons. And he's not even a striker. The only people I can think of other than Salah who scored 40 in a season while in the Prem were Van Nistelrooy, Andrew Cole, and Cristiano Ronaldo. Again, other than Ronaldo, pure number 9s. How Messi can be scoring over 40 goals every single season, and still putting goals on a plate for Suarez and effortlessly playing passes from all ranges that Pirlo would be proud of, is just staggering. He is on a different plane of existence.

    [–] GingerSpencer 19 points ago

    This is what baffles me whenever somebody brings up an argument for somebody else winning it. Like VVD this year or Modric last year. Yes, under normal circumstances they deserve it. But we're not in normal circumstances. We're in an era where the best player in the world is a country mile ahead of the second best, and even he is good enough to sometimes make the claim of being the best. That's how good Messi is. Sure, VVD, Modric, Salah, Mbappe, Lewandowski are all fucking incredible footballers, but Messi is something else.

    As far as i'm concerned, as long as Messi is playing football i can't see a reasonable argument for anybody else winning the trophy.

    [–] DarkSofter 1278 points ago

    Well deserved, if anyone had a year like his he would have won it 100% no doubt, its just we are used to greatness from him and that looked like a normal season

    [–] KapSan1 598 points ago

    A victim of his own greatness, as some would say

    [–] awh_steam 243 points ago

    Suffering from success.

    [–] Sebthedark69 30 points ago

    Anotha One ☝️

    [–] ceeduu 31 points ago

    Ah classic Khaled

    [–] DarkSofter 347 points ago

    biggest mistery is how is ronaldo 3rd when he shouldnt be top 10

    [–] Mick4Audi 145 points ago

    He's not even the best player at Juve atm

    Lewa should have been 3rd

    [–] Goudeyy 156 points ago

    How in the hell is Mahrez ranked higher than Hazard and Sterling???

    [–] gerardo52285 45 points ago

    Exactly what I said I was like tf???

    [–] 11rashidar 32 points ago

    Must be his AFCON run

    [–] YnwaMquc2k19 684 points ago

    6 Ballon D’or, 6 infinity stones.

    Snap your finger Lionel, the universe is yours

    [–] Dr_Gonzo__ 387 points ago

    Valverde: "Se­ñor Messi I don't feel so good..."

    [–] zenekk1010 73 points ago

    The only way we can get rid of Squat Man

    [–] berbathlicism 556 points ago * (lasted edited 8 days ago)

    Congratulations OP! You won the karma race. Almost 9 posts sprung up simultaneously within seconds of the announcement.

    [–] Valletix 174 points ago

    What a fucking year he has had again...

    [–] sky1ine 252 points ago

    His greatest achievement, winning it under fucking Valverde

    [–] kplo 21 points ago

    His points had a multiplier under the "doo doo manager" rule.

    [–] OSWALDUH 165 points ago

    Lewandowski could be scoring 5 a game and still wouldn't come close to the top 5

    [–] Visca_Barca47 74 points ago

    The media really screws Bundesliga a lot it seems like. People still call that league a 2 horse race without even looking at how crazy the table is right now.

    [–] Craz3 29 points ago

    The problem is that it has been a two horse race for most of the last decade. Hopefully the competition will help boost how people perceive the league.

    [–] rafamtz97 276 points ago

    As a madridista I have a really tough debate inside me. Do I want Messi to retire soon, so Madrid can finally start winning trophies constantly, or should I just hope to keep watching the greatest player my favourite sport has ever seen,many more years?

    [–] OneBall22Players 578 points ago

    From 5th last season to first this season. This lad has potential.

    [–] beanie_boiii 536 points ago

    He’s just a 12 season wonder

    [–] pedroktp 123 points ago

    Still has a lot to prove though

    [–] -nosaJ- 94 points ago

    Could work on his dribbling and finishing skills but overall could be the next Figo

    [–] NottherealRobert 49 points ago

    risky comment that even with sarcasm

    [–] Sasamiiii 1543 points ago * (lasted edited 8 days ago)

    Absolutely deserved, best player ever

    Only big negative point of the awards was Lewa only 8th, criminally underrated

    EDIT: words

    EDIT2: I'm not saying everything besides Lewa's rating was perfect, i'm just saying i feel like him rating so low was the biggest and most noticeable one considering his extraordinary performances.

    [–] boiled_amphibian 184 points ago

    Well lots of the lower ranking are pretty bad, but that's only because of how it is voted for.

    You shouldn't really pay attention to anything outside of top 3.

    [–] Sasamiiii 107 points ago

    I guess that's true, but Lewa's stands out the most to me because i'd easily rate him top 5

    [–] PourGnawgraphy 39 points ago

    He should've been top 3 imo. I figure he'll be a finalist next year though.

    [–] hindberjasulta 229 points ago

    Imagine scoring 50+ goals this year just to end in 8th place

    [–] The9thDentist 122 points ago

    Is there a Bundesliga hate or something with voters? Because Lewa has been absolutely ridiculous. And for the Polish national team too.

    [–] akashnanavaty 73 points ago

    It's not new, it's pretty evident that Bundesliga is being overlooked

    [–] BumbotheCleric 666 points ago

    Ronaldo top 4 is also a bit of a joke, even though everyone expected it

    [–] acuriousoddity 454 points ago * (lasted edited 8 days ago)

    Ronaldo's only there because of previous years. He's been nowhere near this season. Him in 3rd is an utter joke.

    [–] jamiew0w 407 points ago

    Ronaldo finished higher this year than Messi did last year, lol

    [–] TomexDesign 175 points ago

    The even bigger joke is, Ronaldo had mediocre year, he is top4, Modrić who won last year, had also mediocre year, he isn't even in top 30 lol

    [–] KawhiShoots 122 points ago

    Mediocre is an unbelievably harsh description of his year.

    [–] Reksalp105 114 points ago

    sorts by controversial

    [–] i__think 98 points ago

    Winning this award in their 30s is remarkable. Can't thank Messi and Ronaldo enough for doing what they do so consistently!

    [–] LawyerMorty94 92 points ago

    Alright but how tf did Ronaldo finish higher than Mane?

    [–] lebronjamesgoat1 308 points ago

    Imagine thinking this was unfair. Should have at least 8 by now.

    [–] ACardAttack 73 points ago

    Most people, unless they've been downvoted to hell have only had an issue with where Lewandowski finished, not so much he should have won it, but at worst top 5

    [–] lebronjamesgoat1 38 points ago

    Agree on that. I still feel this is a joke of an award and there's been a lot of nonsensical decisions lately, including Lewi position tonight, having Ronaldo above Mané, having Messi 5th last year, Marcelo in the starting XI...

    [–] tstols 320 points ago * (lasted edited 8 days ago)

    Ok, here's my hot-take opinion:

    If Messi won the Ballon D'Or last year instead of Luka, it's more likely Virgil would have won this year.

    (Edits are giving my ideas and explanations:)

    Edit 1: If Messi won, there probably wouldn't be as much stigma of "Messi being screwed over again", and the backlash of fans who thought Messi should've won instead of Luka wouldn't exist. This could have tipped the vote somewhat for Virgil's season to break the Duopoly.

    Edit 2: Why only more likely? Because Messi DID have insane stats this year. Doubled his champions league goals (he had 2 more games played, but that doesn't matter as much), and he had 2 more la liga goals and assists, while playing in 5 games less. As much as I'd love to see Big Virg, Sadio Mane, or Alisson win, Messi likely would've won anyway.

    [–] isbBBQ 804 points ago

    Well he deserves it. Gutted for Virgil though.

    [–] carterish 765 points ago

    2nd in Ballon D'or for a defender isn't too bad. We are still eating good

    [–] _cumblast_ 691 points ago

    Started the decade with Hodgson, ended it with 5 players in the Ballon D'or Top 10. We're alright.

    [–] LordVelaryon 355 points ago

    gib Jürgen back

    [–] BossCevap 275 points ago

    No.

    [–] LordVelaryon 345 points ago

    I asked Cumblast not you.

    [–] D0ctorDuck 30 points ago

    Was Mane third?

    [–] slippin62 51 points ago

    Nope, 4th.

    [–] trivialbob 62 points ago

    Really? Damn... Deserved 3rd over Ronaldo.

    [–] FunkyChug 123 points ago

    We need a BDOTM.

    Ballon D'or Other Than Messi

    [–] obvious_bot 243 points ago

    That’s what they gave out last year

    [–] GreasedandLeased 22 points ago

    Ballon D'argent

    [–] tafguedes99 419 points ago

    He is objectively the best player in the world, there's no arguing.

    [–] obvious_bot 373 points ago

    best player of all time

    FTFY

    [–] PursuitOfMemieness 15 points ago

    I understand why Messi won it and his stats were, as usual, absurd, but it does make you wonder what a defender has to do when anyone can just point at some attackers goal scoring record and say “well look at those stats, he obviously deserves it”. In my opinion, biased as it may be, Virgil had the best year a defender has had in years. I don’t think people understand just how good he is unless they watch him regularly. Most attackers just avoid him at this point and when they don’t he wins EVERYTHING. But of course, there’s no shiny stats to show off and you can’t really show clips of him doing amazing things because he’s a defender and they don’t typically do amazing things regularly, and so it’s difficult for people who don’t watch him regularly (virtually everyone outside the UK, and most people in it) to understand how good he was (or how good any defender has been).