Lionel Messi Ballon d’Or history: Total nominations, wins and vote record

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By James Cormack Lionel Messi doesn’t appear to be a superstar who plays for the sake of individual awards, but his perpetual on-field brilliance has left him no choice but to claim accolade after accolade. Success has followed the magical Argentine right from the outset of his career, when it was quickly realised that, after his attention-grabbing solo effort against Getafe and legacy-igniting hat-trick in El Clasico, Argentina had finally found the second coming of Diego Maradona. Messi certainly hasn’t disappointed those who let out such lofty premonitions at such an early stage of his care…

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