Seeing as how they each won the FIFA “The Best” Award earlier this year, it comes as no real surprise to see that Lionel Messi and Megan Rapinoe have won the Ballon d’Or as well. The prestigious trophy has been given to the best individual player for decades now, and history was made by Messi as he won his sixth in 11 years as a full-time professional.
There was some other news, too, though, as he stated he was approaching the end of his career, indicating a possible early retirement from the game. As for Rapinoe, it is her first Ballon d’Or and she is just the second woman to win it since they began giving it out to women as well. It was won in large part due to her tremendous showings at this year’s FIFA World Cup in which she led the USA to glory.