Lionel Messi: 13 World Records held by the Barcelona superstar
Lionel Messi is an absolute phenomenon. The Argentine maestro along with Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the two standout footballers of the generation and it is no surprise that he is the owner of a number of world records.
One of the greatest footballers to play the game, Messi has been creating history since 2004. The little magician has an incredible 13 World records against his name and we at Sportskeeda decide to take a look at all the world records held by the Barcelona superstar.
#1 Most FIFA Ballon d’Or Awards (5)
Although Ronaldo has closed the gap on Messi over the past few years, the Barcelona maestro still has more individual awards to his name.The Argentine ace has an astonishing 5 Ballon d’Or awards trumping Ronaldo’s 3. Messi is also the only player to have laid his hands on the coveted trophy on 4 consecutive occasions between 2009 and 2012.
In the last eight years Messi and Ronaldo have completely dominated the Ballon d’Or award and with the Portuguese superstar favourite to win the game’s top individual accolade this season, the duopoly is all set to continue.
For now though, Messi holds the world record for the most number of Ballon d’Or awards with 5, followed by Platini, Cruyff, Van Basten and Cristiano Ronaldo who all have won the prestigious award 3 times.