People Are Confused About Lionel Messi Winning A Sixth Ballon d'Or
Lionel Messi is the G.O.A.T., but some people aren't too happy about it.
The Ballon d'Or has been decided for 2019 with the annual ceremony taking place in Paris on Tuesday.
Barcelona's Lionel Messi claimed a record-sixth win, taking him one above Cristiano Ronaldo, but as always, there is social media contention over the winner.
While there is no denying Messi's brilliance and domination on the pitch over the past decade, there has been some confusion (most notably from Liverpool supporters) at how the Argentine walked away with the golden ball after a stuttering 2019.
Messi's international season was controversial after he copped a three-month ban in August after accusing the governing body of the Copa America of corruption after Argentina lost to Chile in the third-place playoff.
His domestic season with Barcelona was slightly better, scoring 36 times to help his side take out the Spanish title.
In the Champions League, Messi may have been top scorer in the competition but Liverpool fans are confused after Barcelona's semi-final capitulation.
Back in May, Liverpool pulled off a miracle 4-0 win over Barcelona before going on to be crowned kings of Europe.
The Reds right-back, Trent Alexander-Arnold -- who took the fateful corner kick in injury time to set-up the winning goal -- was quick to make a joke on Twitter minutes after Messi's name was announced.
"So, it was Barca at home and we got this corner..." he said in the perfectly timed tweet.
Liverpool fans thought their own man, Virgil van Dijk was a shoe-in for the Ballon d'or, after the defender's match-winning performances last season.
The shortlist of players from around the world is selected by a panel of judges from France Football, with the final 30 then voted on by journalists from all footballing nations.
Despite coming second, van Dijk was only complimentary towards Messi.
"It was amazing," he said.
"There are a couple of players like him (Messi) who are fantastic.
"I'm proud of what I've achieved with Liverpool and Holland. It's going to be tough (to win the award) when these guys are around."
In the woman's category, Australia's Sam Kerr was voted seventh in the world, despite winning the golden boot in the U.S. NWSL for a third successive season and she scored five times at the World Cup.
Dual-World Cup winner and U.S.A. player Megan Rapinoe took out the Ballon d'Or Feminin.