Lionel Messi won the Ballon d’Or for the sixth time in his career, but it was the good folks of Twitter who provided the evening’s entertainment.
Of course, there were those who only wanted to wish the Argentine well after his record-breaking win…
It’s clear a loooottttt of people agreed with the decision…
Messi finally made 666
6 golden boot
6 FIFA award
6 ballon d’or
This man na devil
— ölàGøłđ….. ⚫⚪ (@Unclegold1) December 2, 2019
There are many ways to praise the GOAT, yet it was BT Sport who summed things up…
Yes, we are truly blessed to watch Messi in action. Well, many of us are blessed, but not everyone enjoyed seeing him scoop the Ballon d’Or…
Van Dijk deserved it more but we all know it’s rigged
— Efra (@efra_casillas) December 2, 2019
Fraudulent award. When Ronaldo had the numbers and Champ League, they gave it to Modric. Now they gave it to Messi who was disgraced out of the Champions League. Why not Virgil?
Ronaldo my GOAT. #BallonDor pic.twitter.com/vVFVJb94ET
— Nonso Ozoemena (@ozoemena_nonso) December 2, 2019
Messi and Van dijk were amazing last season, but Cristiano Ronaldo remains GREATEST. PLAYER. TO. EVER. PLAY. THE GAME, argue with your conscience.
The GOAT, QED!!! pic.twitter.com/7upv3EYaVe
— Obi Of Onitsha (@cliqik) December 2, 2019
It seems Messi has as many supporters as he does haters…
The #BallonDor lost it credibility since 2017. This is the biggest robbery in history of football. Cristiano Ronaldo was robbed but Messi won it after winning just 1 trophy and bottling a 3 goals lead in one of the biggest stage of Football.
Ronaldo is The GOAT #BallonDor2019 pic.twitter.com/ArVWn0SunB
— ＭＵＳＢＥＹ⚪ (@Mus6ey) December 2, 2019
Although, Cristiano Ronaldo appears to have even more haters…
Ronaldo’s going home tonight to make his son do 200 pressups
— Jamie (@jmemc55) December 2, 2019
Whether you’re a Messi fan or a Van Dijk fan, we can all agree on one thing…..
The Ronaldo fans are in the mud and that’s a beautiful thing.
— JAKE BUCKLEY (@TheMasterBucks) December 2, 2019
And what about Virgil van Dijk? No one could hate the colossal Dutchman – just look at his smile…
From the very first moment Van Dijk became favourite to win he remained humble, and he remained respectful towards Messi. He attended twice knowing Messi would win the FIFA Best award & Ballon d’Or, yet was the first to say that Messi deserved it.
Big appreciation tweet for him. pic.twitter.com/um7pOOWvpJ
— 퐀퐅퐂 퐀퐉퐀퐗 (@TheEuropeanLad) December 2, 2019
Van Dijk is one of only 10 defenders in the history of the game to finish top 3 in the Ballon D’or rankings, and the only defender still playing, to do so.
He’s in a league of his own
— Josh (@KloppStyle) December 2, 2019
Virgil van Dijk absolutely oozes class.
Top, top player and great man.
Worthy 2nd place without a shadow of a doubt.
— totalBarça (@totalBarca) December 2, 2019
Well, maybe he has one…
I just text Virgil Van Dijk asking him to congratulate Lionel Messi for me. He said Not now James.
— Boring James Milner (@BoringMilner) December 2, 2019
James Milner is only upset because he’s not one of the seven Liverpool players who made the shortlist…
Van Dijk 2nd
4 players inside the top ten for the #BallonDor. Comprehensive and thoroughly deserved recognition for this #LFC side tonight. Superb effort.
— Leanne Prescott (@_lfcleanne) December 2, 2019
4 of the Ballon d’Or’s top 7 are Liverpool players… That stat alone is incredible.
Forever grateful to have this man as our manager. Never take it for granted.❤️pic.twitter.com/1tKZYAHqEM
— Kloppholic (@Kloppholic) December 2, 2019
However, even the Reds’ leading man had to admit he’d lost to the better footballer…
After Liverpool beat Tottenham in the Champions League final, Van Dijk told reporters: “Messi deserves to win the Ballon d’Or. He’s unbelievable.”
Van Dijk tonight: “You have to respect greatness. Leo Messi deserves the award. Six times, wow.”
This man oozes class. pic.twitter.com/Q2ABJn88kF
— FutbolBible (@FutbolBible) December 2, 2019
Congratulations, Lord Lionel, you’re the GOAT of GOATs. The best of the best. The cream of the crop. The creme de la…ah you get the picture.
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