Before likely collecting his sixth Ballon d'Or on Monday evening, Lionel Messi had time to visit Madrid and demonstrate once more why there's nobody quite like him.
Rapinoe won the women's Ballon d'Or for leading the United States to World Cup glory in July. On the contrary, Real Madrid players won the last three years, when Los Blancos conquered the Champions League.
After Luka Modric ended the decade-long duopoly of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo previous year by winning the Champions League final and taking Croatia to the World Cup final, it's time for someone else to win as he isn't nominated this time.
Coming off the back of another Champions League-winning season, again starring in a victory over Manchester United in the final - Messi was the clear victor in the vote, taking 47.88 percent ahead of Ronaldo in second with 21.6 percent and Xavi on 9.23 percent.More news: YouTube changes rules on violent game content to match movies and TV
The year did not yield many trophies for Lionel Messi as he only won the La Liga title but one can not overlook the fact that the Argentine had a spectacular season on an individual basis. Leo Messi, this year has been miles ahead of any other player in the world and it would be confirmed once he wins his sixth Ballon d'Or on Monday. He did not have a great Copa America with Argentina, but his genius is undeniable. The wait is nearly over and soon all will be revealed if the best player in the world plays for a Premier League club or will a player from another football league walk away with the Ballon d'Or and the title of the Best Footballer in the World. "That's how it is", admitted Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.
He finished above Dutchman Virgil van Dijk and Portugal's third-placed Ronaldo, who has won the award five times.
"I said that the real Juve will see at least from January, we need time", Chiellini said.
The value of individual honours in football is debatable, and the timing unsatisfactory, coming midway through the European club season.More news: America's Got Talent judge Gabrielle Union's departure investigated
In the second-ever women's Ballon d'Or, the voting has been done by a panel of 48 journalists.
Even her supposed rivals seem to be rooting for her.
France Football magazine has been awarding the Ballon d'Or since 1956 and created a women's award for the first time a year ago when Norway's Ada Hegerberg won it. Hegerberg was fourth this time.More news: Metro by T-Mobile will launch 5G coverage and Galaxy Note 10