Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have dominated football for more than 10 years and won numerous trophies and big personal accolades. The two great players in the history of the games have won a combined 12 Ballon d'Ors in their careers.
Lionel Messi moved two awards ahead of his big rival Ronaldo on Monday night winning his seventh record which last decades. The Argentine had a great year with his country Argentina and also Barcelona winning the Copa America and Copa del Rey.
He was also the golden boot winner in 2021 Copa America, 2020/2021 La Liga golden boot winner, and also was named the player of the tournament in Copa America. Messi was the favorite to win the 2021 Ballon d'Or beating Bundesliga great forward Robert Lewandowski who finished second while Chelsea Italian midfielder Jorginho finished third.
These two players have been remarkable in their entire career and only Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric has won the big award in the era of Ronaldo and Messi. There have been great players in the generation of Messi and Ronaldo who could have won the award if the two greats didn't exist.
Robert Lewandowski has enjoyed a successful career playing his entire career in the Bundesliga. He has made some incredible achievements and has been high-scoring just like Ronaldo and Messi. Lewandowski helped Bayern Munich win the UEFA Champions League and deserved to win the Ballon d'Or but it was not awarded last year.
In 2021 he has finished second behind Lionel Messi after a successful year with Bayern Munich winning the Bundesliga title, golden boot, and European golden boot. Lewandowski might have won several Ballon d'Or in his career if there were no Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
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