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Ronaldo Extends Ballon d'Or Record Over Messi

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.

Click through the gallery above to see Ronaldo's Ballon d'Or wins.

Both players made the 30-man Ballon d'Or shortlist announced by France Football on Monday, and are in contention to lift their sixth Golden Ball.

However, Ronaldo wrote his name into the award's history books after being nominated for a 16th year in a row.

No other player can look back at such an impressive reign since the award was first launched in 1956 – Messi follows in second place with 14 successive nominations.

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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:

Year

Ronaldo

Messi

2004

12

Not nominated

2005

20

Not nominated

2006

14

20

2007

2

3

2008

winner

2

2009

2

winner

2010

6

winner

2011

2

winner

2012

2

winner

2013

winner

2

2014

winner

2

2015

2

winner

2016

winner

2

2017

winner

2

2018

2

5

2019

nominated

nominated

Read: Messi Responds To CR7's Claims He Should Leave Barca

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.

Who do you think will win this year's Ballon d'Or award? Have your say in the comments section below.

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