Lionel Messi opened up on the pain of watching great rival Cristiano Ronaldo match his tally of Ballons d’Or after the Manchester United icon won his fifth gong.
Lionel Messi confessed he was “hurt” after Cristiano Ronaldo matched his tally of five Ballons d’Or by clinching the award in 2017.
The Paris Saint-Germain forward, 34, set a record many believed could never equalled by winning the coveted golden ball trophy for four consecutive years while at Barcelona between 2009 and 2012 before adding his fifth in 2015.
But Ronaldo responded to his great rival with a flurry of four gongs in five years at Real Madrid between 2013 and 2017 to take his total to five, adding to the Ballon d’Or he won while a Manchester United player in 2008.
Messi took great pride in his record count of five awards and he admitted it was difficult watching the Portugal icon, 36, gradually catch up to hi
The Argentina captain eventually edged ahead once again by winning his sixth Ballon d’Or in 2019, and after his success he opened up on his angst two years earlier.