The Porto keeper called Messi as the greatest of all time on social media after he scores a brilliant match-winning goal against Atletico Madrid, which technically keeps Barcelona at the top of La Liga table.
Messi, 32, beat Liverpool defensive colossus Virgil van Dijk into second place as the accolade for the world's best player was handed out by France Football magazine at a glitzy bash in Paris on Monday night.
Before his triumph in Paris on Monday night, Messi had been forced to wait four long years before being crowned Ballon d'Or king again, as Ronaldo picked up the accolade in 2016 and 2017 to put him level with Messi on five overall titles, while Croatian playmaker Luka Modric scooped the award in 2018 (when Messi bafflingly failed even to make the top three). Virgil van Dijk and Sadio Mane are the two main rivals from Liverpool, last year's Champions League winners.
In the most surprising aspect of the bombshell revelation, the Juve star may be set to miss out on the first three spots, although the five-time victor has never finished lower than second over the last eight seasons.
Ballon d'Or 2019 Award Ceremony Date and Time, Live Streaming: The Ballon d'Or ceremony will be organised by France Football, where the best men's player and women's player will be adjudged after voting by journalists from around the world.
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He was Spokane's head coach for three seasons beginning in 2005-06 and was Rockford's bench boss from 2008-09 to 2010-11. I was on pace for 20 goals in my first pro season and I wasn't getting any power-play or penalty-kill time.
Arch-rivals FC Barcelona and Real Madrid's battle for supremacy extends to the Ballon d'Or award, and both clubs now share the top spot with an identical record. With this award, the Croatian etched his name as one of the greatest players ever to play this wonderful game. His side lost just one league game in the 2018/19 campaign, and have started 2019/20 with a bang, sitting 11 points clear of defending champions Manchester City at the 14 game mark. This time we only saw Karim Benzema shortlisted in the 26th position, clearly the best Real Madrid player during the last months.
However Rapinoe, the 34-year-old feminist icon and outspoken critic of US President Donald Trump, should add this honour to those of Golden Boot victor for top scorer and Golden Ball for best player at the World Cup.
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It came after a year in which Barca claimed an incredible five-trophy haul, including Champions League and La Liga titles.