In case you are wondering what all the fuss is about The Ballon d’Or is awarded by a French football mag to the player they say has performed the best over the previous year. Now this is supposed to span all countries and all nationalities. But, let’s be honest, it pretty much all comes down to the big two of Spanish football: Messi and Ronaldo. Why? Well these guys have now won 5 of these golden balls each, one of them being winner for each of the last ten years.
In case you’ve been off the planet for, well, over a decade, Messi (5 golden balls) is the little Argentinean one that plays like the ball is tied to his leg. He runs around like a terrier and scores pretty sublime goals, often with a trademark chip that makes goalies wish they had stuck in at something else at school. Messi plays for Barcelona. He has won the ballon d’or 5 times.
Ronaldo (5 golden balls) is taller, models underwear, digs narcissism and often opts for too much moisturiser. But, he is also no slouch with a free-kick. And his mum loves him (or so she maintains). Ronaldo plays for a team called Real Madrid.
Personal duelling and golden balls aside of course the rivalry between these clubs is massive, inside and outside Spain. In fact you might think around 25% of the entire national and political discourse in Spain centres on these golden-balled genii.
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