Top 5 players who beat Messi and Ronaldo to major individual awards
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:
5. Antoine Griezmann
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.