OTD in 2009, Lionel Messi beat Cristiano Ronaldo to win Ballon d’Or
On the 1st of December 2009, Lionel Messi beat Cristiano Ronaldo to win Ballon d’Or.
Messi was favourite to win the award after leading Barcelona to the treble including the Champions League, Copa Del Rey and La Liga.
Messi became the first Argentine-born player to win the award since Omar Sívori in 1961;
He won the award with a record margin, 240 points ahead of Ronaldo who won the award in 2008.
1 Lionel Messi had 473 points
2 Cristiano Ronaldo had 233 points
3 Xavi had 170 points
4 Andrés Iniesta had 149 points
5 Samuel Eto’o had 75 points