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Messi claimed his SEVENTH Ballon d'Or title, beating the likes of Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski and Chelsea midfielder Jorginho.
But the decision to hand the Paris Saint-Germain superstar with a record-extending award did NOT go down well with fans and critics alike.
One of them being former UFC lightweight king Nurmagomedov, who reckons the aforementioned Lewandowski and Karim Benzema deserved to win this year's prize.
He said: "I would give it to Lewandowski or Benzema. One of them. Lewandowski.
"I think. Last three years, he is the best football player."
Nurmagomedov continued by highlighting the Poland international's remarkable goal-scoring ways and his success in the Champions League in the 2019/20 season, as well as his current form.
"We can just look at his results. What he does. He has won the Champions League," he added.
"He has scored more than 120 goals last two years. For the national team and club.
"It is an amazing result. For the entire football history, I cannot remember, we can name a pair of players who scored 120 goals over two years.
"He has 65 goals this year. It is too much. For football I think it is too much. I think he deserves Ballon d'Or."
In fairness to Messi, he also had a stunning year - having scored a ridiculous number of goals for his former club Barcelona and winning the Copa America with Argentina.
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