5 reasons why Lionel Messi is bigger than the Ballon d'Or
#4 5 Ballons d'Or validate enough
Lionel Messi made history way back in 2012, when he won his 4th Ballon d'Or, becoming the first player in the history of the game to do so. Only Michel Platini, Johan Cruyff, and Marco van Basten had won it thrice apiece.
To surpass 3 legends to win a 4th Ballon d'Or, at the mere age of 25, is no small feat. For context, consider this. No 25-year-old in the world, today, has won a single Ballon d'Or, let alone 4. Messi then went on to win it for a record 5th time in 2015.
Cristiano Ronaldo may have equalled that tally, but it looks rather unlikely that the Portuguese talisman will succeed in surpassing that number. Real Madrid are ostensibly struggling this season. But for a miraculous turnaround, Ronaldo could well miss out on the next one.
At 32, Ronaldo will not have too many opportunities left to beat Messi's tally, and even if they do finish their careers with an equal number of Ballons d'Or, Messi will still be joint-best and not second-best (for those of you who equate quality with silverware).
If 5 Ballons d'Or don't accurately validate his importance, a 6th one will make little difference, don't you think?