Register Login Scores

Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar/Mbappe Watch

Messi Makes Huge Ronaldo Admission After Ballon d'Or Win

After winning a record-breaking sixth Ballon d'Or, FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi made a big admission about former Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo.

Click through the gallery above to see some images from the Ballon d'Or ceremony in Paris.

The Argentine took home the prestigious award on Monday night, beating the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Ronaldo on the way to his sixth Ballon d'Or.

The 32-year-old enjoyed an incredible individual calendar year, during which he won the 2018/19 European Golden Shoe award and the Best FIFA Men's Player prize.

After scooping the accolade, Messi gave an interview in which he admitted that it hurt him when Ronaldo drew level with him on five Ballons d'Or in 2017.

Post Selfies On Soccer Laduma's Social Media App & Earn Airtime and more! Download Now

"On the one hand, I enjoyed having five and being the only one," Messi told France Football.

"When Cristiano moved level, I admit that it hurt me a bit.

"I was no longer alone at the top. But it made sense, although it was good when I was alone at five."

Between the two superstars, Ronaldo won the Ballon d'Or first in 2008, before Messi went on to win the award for the next four years in a row, in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Breaking: Messi Wins Record-Breaking 6th Ballon d'Or, CR7 Snubs Awards

The Portuguese forward then took the prize in 2013 and 2014, with Messi winning it a fifth time in 2015. Ronaldo would then win it again in 2016 and 2017.

Do you think Messi deserved his latest Ballon d'Or? Let us know in the comments section below.

56 comments

Top 5

Chiefs Clear-Out Continues With 7 More…

257 Jul 27, 2021 06:38 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

11 Footballers Who Retired This Year

2 Jul 27, 2021 07:25 PM in World News

Downs Part Ways With Key Figure

46 Jul 27, 2021 03:20 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns

10 Players In Running For 2021 Ballon D'Or

45 Jul 21, 2021 09:25 AM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar/Mbappe Watch

Pirates Begin Trimming Squad, Second Exit Imminent

31 Jul 27, 2021 03:00 PM in Orlando Pirates

Official: Chiefs Unveil New Home & Away Kits

59 Aug 01, 2021 08:34 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

CBL: Two Surprise Inclusions For Chiefs

123 Jul 29, 2021 01:01 PM in Soweto Derby

Amakhosi New Boy Enters Naturena Drip Fold

26 Jul 30, 2021 01:00 PM in Drip, Style & Swag

Pitso Targeting Chiefs Starlet?

81 Jul 29, 2021 11:02 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

5 Candidates Picked For Chiefs Captaincy

53 Jul 30, 2021 04:54 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

Chiefs Announce More Contract Business

107 Jul 27, 2021 04:16 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

The Highest-Paid African Stars In The EPL

19 Feb 02, 2021 07:14 PM in English Premier League

Former Pirates Star To Replace R17m Ahly-Bound Star?

16 Jul 27, 2021 08:00 AM in Siyagobhoza

12 Players Who Went Bankrupt

23 Dec 07, 2020 12:34 PM in World News

Pirates Player Exit Imminent...

6 Jul 26, 2021 07:58 PM in Orlando Pirates