Can We Please Get Over Ronaldo and Messi?


Can We Please Get Over Ronaldo and Messi?

Illustration: Shruti Yatam


he Oscars of the football world have been announced, and in a vote that surprised no one at all, Cristiano Ronaldo has won his fifth Ballon d’Or. The award has become more predictable than the sun rising in the east and setting in the west.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have hogged the trophy like they have hogged possession in the last decade, winning it five times each during the period. Of course, they are truly exceptional players. On any given day, in any given team, they can turn the game on its head. They play in attacking positions, score goals and break records for fun, and it’s not hard to see why the whole world loves them.