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The official award will be handed out on Monday evening and all signs point to Messi being the winner for a seventh time.
Reports claim Messi has been informed and he's also told his friends and family of the historic achievement.
However, not everyone thinks this should've been his year and Transfermarkt have decided to get to the bottom of it.
Using polls on Instagram, the data whiz's have created a knockout format to determine who the REAL Ballon d'Or winner should be.
Check out the full results below and if you're wondering where Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are, they get an automatic bye to the last 16:
ROUND OF 32
Bruno Fernandes vs Giorgio Chiellini - WINNER: Bruno Fernandes
Karim Benzema vs Nicolo Barella - WINNER: Karim Benzema
Kevin De Bruyne vs Cesar Azpilicueta - WINNER: Kevin De Bruyne
Gianluigi Donnarumma vs Ruben Dias - WINNER: Gianluigi Donnarumma
Erling Haaland vs Phil Foden - WINNER: Erling Haaland
Harry Kane vs Jorginho - WINNER: Harry Kane
Mohamed Salah vs Leonardo Bonucci - WINNER: Mohamed Salah
Robert Lewandowski vs Riyad Mahrez - WINNER: Robert Lewandowski
Romelu Lukaku vs Luka Modric - WINNER: Romelu Lukaku
Kylian Mbappe vs Lautaro Martinez - WINNER: Kylian Mbappe
Pedri vs Raheem Sterling - WINNER: Pedri
N'Golo Kante vs Gerard Moreno - WINNER: N'Golo Kante
Neymar vs Mason Mount - WINNER: Neymar
Luis Suarez vs Simon Kjaer - WINNER: Luis Suarez
Nothing too spectacular there but as the field begins to thin, more and more big names fall to the wayside as Messi and Ronaldo enter the fray.
Lionel Messi vs Bruno Fernandes - WINNER: Lionel Messi
Karim Benzema vs Kevin De Bruyne - WINNER: Karim Benzema
Gianluigi Donnarumma vs Erling Haaland - WINNER: Erling Haaland
Harry Kane vs Mohamed Salah - WINNER: Mohamed Salah
Romelu Lukaku vs Robert Lewandowski - WINNER: Robert Lewandowski
Kylian Mbappe vs Pedri - WINNER: Pedri
Neymar vs N'Golo Kante - WINNER: N'Golo Kante
Cristiano Ronaldo vs Luis Suarez - WINNER: Cristiano Ronaldo
Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante beating Neymar. Who would've believed that at the start of 2021? Kante has been transformed under Thomas Tuchel.
Mohamed Salah vs Erling Braut Haaland - WINNER: Mohamed Salah
Kylian Mbappe vs Robert Lewandowski - WINNER: Robert Lewandowski
N'Golo Kante vs Cristiano Ronaldo - WINNER: Cristiano Ronaldo
Lionel Messi vs Karim Benzema - WINNER: Lionel Messi
Big names are falling to the wayside now. Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland will surely be battling for the Ballon d'Or years down the line, but it isn't their time yet.
Robert Lewandowski vs Cristiano Ronaldo - WINNER: Robert Lewandowski
Lionel Messi vs Mohamed Salah - WINNER: Mohamed Salah
No Messi and no Ronaldo in the final two? Madness.
Mohamed Salah vs Robert Lewandowski
OVERALL WINNER: ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI
It'd be hard to argue against Lewandowski really, wouldn't it?
2021 has seen Lewandowski break Gerd Muller's all-time tally of 40 goals in a single Bundesliga campaign while picking up another Bundesliga title.
The 33-year-old has added an outrageous 25 goals in 19 games across all competitions already this season.
All there is to do now is wait for the award ceremony to go down in Paris next week.
Featured Image Credit: PA Images
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