Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has a phenomenal lead over Barcelona captain Lionel Messi in the total number of points accumulated in Ballon d’Or history.
Ronaldo and Messi dominated the Ballon d’Or from 2008 to 2017 as they battled for the coveted France Football award.
But YouTuber StatsTube has now calculated the accumulated score each player received between 1956 and 2019.
According to StatsTube, Ronaldo has accumulated an incredible 3,601 points from his Ballon d’Or nominations.
Messi finished the race with 2,961 points behind the former Manchester United and Real Madrid superstar.
Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk is the only player in the top 10 not to win the Ballon d’Or.
The 29-year-old Dutch captain narrowly missed the France Football award for Messi last year.
Below are the 10 players who have the most Ballon d’Or points in history.
10. Johan Cruyff: 506 points
8. Michel Platini: 551 points
7. Franz Beckenbauer: 576 points
Virgil van Dijk: 679 Punkte
4. Zinedine Zidane: 715 points
3. Luka Modric: 837 points
2. Lionel Messi: 2,961 points
1. Cristiano Ronaldo: 3,601 Punkte
In the statement by the organizer of Ballon d’Or in July, “We did not want to put an indelible star on the price list, as it is a trophy that was won in exceptional circumstances due to the Covid-19 health crisis.”
“In order to protect the credibility and legitimacy of such a price, it must also be guaranteed that it will function properly over time.”
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