Several reactions have trailed the emergence of Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi as the winner of the Ballon d’Or on Monday night.
Concise News had reported that Messi was handed his sixth Ballon d’Or by France Football on Monday night at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris.
As a result, the Argentine has moved clear of arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo’s five to stand above anyone else.
He also succeeds Luka Modric, who was the first non-Messi/Ronaldo Ballon d’Or winner in a decade last year.
Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk had been the favourite for the award, but Messi turned things around to scoop the prestigious award.
Ronaldo, meanwhile, was not even present on the podium.
It’s the first time in 26 years that no Spaniards are in the list of finalists for the award.
Earlier, a ‘leaked picture’ of the Ballon d’Or results already showed Messi had triumphed.
Messi’s latest feat add to the ever-growing list of accolades won by a player widely regarded as the best-ever. He lifted La Liga earlier this year and marked his 700th Barcelona appearance with a goal against Borussia Dortmund last week.
Reacting to the award on social media, some Ronaldo fans berated the award organisers for giving Messi the award while fans of the Argentine congratulated him for winning the award for a record sixth time.
Here are some of the reactions captured on Twitter:
— Billionaire Ambition 🙏🏿 (@Datgreatnigga) December 3, 2019
Leo Messi becomes the first player in history to win 6 Ballon d’Or awards, and he’s not done yet.
— Team Messi (@TeamMessi) December 2, 2019
"Messi can't do it without Xavi"
"Messi can't do it without Iniesta"
"Messi can't do it without Neymar"
This year, Messi won the Ballon d'Or, Golden Boot, and IFFHS best Playmaker awards all in a single year with Valverde as his manager.
Pure greatness. 🤫 pic.twitter.com/lg0lzMJbZa
— FutbolBible (@FutbolBible) December 3, 2019
Mateo Messi is the ultimate banter king 😂😂😂
Laughed so hard at Van Djik's nephew when Messi won lol pic.twitter.com/t4bocd5L5c
— Ryan (@ryancliffew44) December 3, 2019
Good morning, as you go about your daily activity, I just want you to know that Lionel Messi is the greatest player of all time. pic.twitter.com/qcnihwYzA0
— S P L O O F E E K (@sploofeek) December 3, 2019
WORLD CUP GOLDEN BALL
— S H Ā W Ī L (@_d_gaye) December 3, 2019
— Mohammed Dewji MO (@moodewji) December 3, 2019
Messi at the Messi at the
start of the end of the
decade decade pic.twitter.com/v4wRL9u933
— kiaraaa🎅🏽🎁🎄 (@_k1ara) December 3, 2019
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 3, 2019
And last year it was given to modric..this year Messi bags it..am not trying to say that Messi doesn't deserve this year..he purely earned it and hats off for that..but last year giving it to modric is totally ah bull shit..it should have been Ronaldo..Anyways congrats #Messi pic.twitter.com/y8yF1W1wCd
— Rajnandan (@Rajnandan2210) December 3, 2019
The Ballon d'Or once again goes to the greatest player of all time. Football and Barça celebrate another wonderful achievement. Congratulations Leo! https://t.co/Szqngpl5Vv
— Josep Maria Bartomeu (@jmbartomeu) December 2, 2019
Messi winning the award over Van Dijk I can live with. After all, this is Leo Messi. The GOAT. A player that had yet another incredible year. What’s most disappointing is the fact that Ronaldo finished 3rd ahead of Mané. Complete robbery. Sadio deserved 3rd more than anyone else.
— Kloppholic (@Kloppholic) December 2, 2019
The Only. One. Ever.
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) December 2, 2019
Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini, the greatest footballer to have ever played the beautiful game. Not Pele, not Maradona, not Zidane, not Ronaldinho, not Ronaldo de Lima but this little man from Rosario, Argentina. The greatest there is and the greatest there will always be. 👑🙌 pic.twitter.com/FOyVoTx2sf
— Mazi Olisaemeka C. ™ (@OlisaOsega) December 3, 2019
🐐 "If you give the #BallonDOr to the best player of this generation, then give it always to Lionel Messi."
👀 "If they give it to the best player of last season, then it was @VirgilVDijk."
— SPORF (@Sporf) December 3, 2019
— Hamza 🇵🇰 (@hamza_akram043) December 3, 2019
— Hatrick HERO✨ (@haruna_paki) December 3, 2019
— Zoee❤ (@zoeparkour9) December 3, 2019