The time is 2012. Two years ago, the FIFA World Player of the Year award and the Ballon d’Or were tied at the same point. Named FIFA Ballon d’Or. Messi has won it twice in that day (three times just the Ballon d’Or).
In the third power race, Messi went well ahead in those days. His main rivals in the service were Cristiano Ronaldo and Andres Iniesta.
At the time, former Barcelona and Netherlands legend Johan Cruyff gave an interview to Argentine media Diario Ole. Cruyff’s affection for his successor in Barcelona was revealed in every interview.
Throughout his career, where most players go after winning a Ballon d’Or, Messi still showed no signs of stopping. In that interview, Cruyff announced without hesitation that the Argentine star would not stop soon.
Cruyff predicted that Messi would win the Ballon d’Or the most times in history. But how many will win? He also predicted that the Dutch legend, Messi, would win the Ballon d’Or the most times in history. As such, he is likely to win five, six, or even seven Ballon d’Ors. He has no comparison. He is different from everyone else.
At the time, many people were blown away by what they heard of Cruyff. After 9 years, Messi fulfilled the words of his predecessor. The incredible thing happened. Messi has done things that no one has ever imagined before. Last night he won his seventh Ballon d’Or.