Why Lionel Messi Coming Fifth In The Ballon d'Or Is A Joke

For the first time since 2006, Lionel Messi failed to make the top three in the Balon d'Or standings.

Luka Modric picked up his first Balon d'Or prize, becoming the first player in history to be awarded the World Cup Golden Ball, UEFA Men's Player, FIFA Best Men's Player and Ballon d'Or in the same year, and fair play to the guy.

Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with Modric winning the award. He won the Champions League with Real Madrid and reached the World Cup final with Croatia, performing consistently throughout for his club and country,

But it's the fact that Messi, who gave us so many memorable moments last season, was 'rewarded' with fifth place.

It feels like people take Messi's genius for granted. He scored 41 goals in 45 games last season, and assisted 20 times throughout for Barcelona and Argentina.

The fact no other player has scored more goals than Messi in 2018 in all competitions within Europe's top five leagues says it all, for me.

He didn't win the Champions League or The World Cup, something that definitely makes an impact on Balon d'Or standings, but he was the top scorer in the UCL last season, and once again smashed record after record.

Messi is arguably the most consistent player in world football, and he once again proved his worth last season with a handful of iconic performances against Chelsea, Juventus and Real Madrid, to name just a few.

When it comes to being the being the greatest of all time, Messi was voted just that in a poll earlier this year. 5 Balon d'Ors. 637 games. 552 goals. 239 assists. 32 trophies. Nine La Liga titles. Four Champions League trophies and five European Golden Shoes says it all really.

In a four way poll, 26,104 people voted for their GOAT on Twitter, with the Barca man coming out on top with 44% of the vote.

Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo was a close second, receiving 36% of the vote while Pele and Diego Maradona came in third and fourth with 15% and 5% of the vote, respectively.

Thoughts on the Balon d'Or rankings? Who was your winner?

Let us know in the comments below.

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some huge names in the world of sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport, but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

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