First Ballon d’Or
Messi holds the record for the most Ballon d’Or wins in history. Every story has a beginning and this one started in 2009 after a sensational season. He received twice as many votes as Cristiano Ronaldo who came in second place. For a few years, the pair had an intense competition as they dominated the prize.
He scored 39 goals as Barcelona won La Liga and the Champions League. This was one of the most dominant years of his legendary career. Interestingly, he also became the first Barcelona youth product to win the award. He emerged from their academy to become the best player on the planet (via Sporting News).