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Top 5 players who beat Messi and Ronaldo to major individual awards

Jidonu Mauyon
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Argentina v Portugal - International Friendly
Argentina v Portugal - International Friendly

Ever since Lionel Messi and Christiano Ronaldo broke into the scene in 2007, they have dominated the football world, creating a duopoly that no one has been able to break. They have won lots of trophies and broken many records. In fact, their competition has become the topic of discussion every season as they keep fighting against each other.

Moreover, they have won many major individual awards- more than anybody in history. They have shared 9 Ballon d'Or awards, 7 Pichichi, 7 European Golden Boots, 10 UEFA Top Scorer awards and many others.

The rate at which they score goals is really unbelievable. Consistently scoring 40, 50 or 60+ goals every season is something that no one has ever achieved. In fact, their rivalry has set them at a level that is far above every player in their era. That is why if any player manages to compete with them, he should be recognised.

Therefore, below are 5 players who have shocked the duo by either beating them to major individual awards or sharing it with them in the past 10 years:

Also read: 5 players who can break the Messi-Ronaldo duopoly

5. Antoine Griezmann

Club Atletico de Madrid v Valencia CF - La Liga
Club Atletico de Madrid v Valencia CF - La Liga

Antoine Griezmann is one of the best strikers on the planet. The French attacker is the most influential player in Diego Simeone's team. His ability to score goals and the zeal to push his team forward has helped him achieve memorable feats in his career. The Atletico Madrid forward is one of those players that have defeated Messi and Ronaldo to individual awards.

In 2016, Griezmann overcame them to win the La Liga Best Player award before sharing the Ballon d'Or podium with them, coming third in the 2016 Ballon d'Or awards. This is not a small achievement at all, as the France international has done a lot and deserves to be on the list.

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Jidonu Mauyon
Jidonu Mauyon is a football enthusiast from Nigeria, who writes for a lot of publications, including the likes of Sportainment, Cube Soccer, Give Me Sport, FootballXtra, and Sportskeeda. He is a great fan of Lionel Messi and he likes to write about Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester City and Liverpool. He also covers a lot of topics relating to the EPL, La Liga, Seria A and the Ligue 1. He has been doing great in the field, helping to intensify the passion for the beautiful game by sharing his opinions with his fellow soccer fans across the globe. His works have earned him recognition, notably claiming the Best Essay Writer award in the 2015 Milo Sports Writing Competition. To him, his followers are his best friends and he would go a long way to ensure that he keeps them refreshed and entertained. You love football and he does too, why not follow him so you can burn the passion together?
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