didn't help them much in the CL though did it or Argentina EVER.
Messi is of course one of the best players of all time but its just tedious giving him the award every bloody year, this was a chance to award the best defender in the world last year but they went for the safe option give it to an attacking player from Barcelona or Real Madrid, zzzzz.
By the way I would have loved to see how many goals Messi could have gotten in the Premier league, much tougher league than the Spanish one, its one of the reasons why I actually rate Ronaldo above Messi, he's excelled in more than just 1 league and 1 club!
Messi won his domestic league & Vrgil won the European Cup, both are pretty impressive titles. As for International performances, Virgil has won exactly the same for Holland as Messi has for Argentina. Nothing.
And to say the Premier League is much tougher than La Liga is a proper Talksport shout. Look at the Champions League / Europa League finalists over the 10 or so years, Spanish teams have mostly given English teams a spanking over the last decade.
A final point is I believe the Ballon D'or is awarded over the whole calendar year, not the previous season. Virgil has still been very good this season but we've only kept a couple of clean sheets in 20 odd games. Messi is tearing it up in La Liga with 9 goals in 9 and five assists