Leo Messi lifts his sixth Golden Ball. Since 2013, a player who had not won the Champions League that season was not awarded.
Cristiano Ronaldo was the last when he raised his second Golden Ball without having raised any important title.
It was an open secret and it is already a reality. Leo Messi stands with his sixth Golden Ball and is again named best player in the world. He does it after a season in which Barcelona only won one of the important titles, the League. It is unusual for a player who has not won the Champions League to be awarded this prize, as it did not happen since the 2013 Golden Ball, won by Cristiano Ronaldo.
Last year Luka Modric was the best player in the world after making a brilliant World Cup in 2018 with Croatia, which was the Runner Up and also the Champions League winner with Real Madrid in 2017/2018.
Ronaldo, also after winning Champions League paths, in addition to leading Portugal in the 2016 European Championship. A year earlier, the winner of the award was Leo Messi himself, which received the award after raising the Orejona in Berlin with Barcelona.