The former Barcelona star secured the individual award yet again at Theatre du Chatelet last month, controversially beating Bayern Munich talisman Robert Lewandowski in the process.
With that being said, Messi’s heroics over the past year speak for themselves, the 34-year-old finally getting his hands on some major international silverware as he inspired Argentina to the Copa America in the summer.
As a way of celebrating Messi’s genius, PSG’s expensively-assembled squad all donned a limited edition version of their usual home strip that featured gold lettering and numbers on the back.
The 2020 edition of the trophy was scrapped as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, though plenty of players, pundits and fans alike were united in agreement that last year’s Ballon d’Or should have been handed to Lewandowski had it gone ahead.
Messi seemingly agrees, using his acceptance speech to highlight the Poland international, stating: “I’d like to mention Robert, it’s been a real honour to compete with him.