Lionel Messi is on track for a record-breaking sixth Ballon d’Or.

The Argentine has been incredible this season, leading Barcelona to an inevitable La Liga title and their first UEFA Champions League semi-final in four years.

His brilliance was on full display last night, scoring a brace in Barcelona’s 3-0 win over Manchester United at the Camp Nou which took his goal tally to 10 in this season’s Champions League.

Messi has also found the net 35 times domestically this season with most of these coming in La Liga.

So far, no other player has come close to matching his performances.

Current Ballon d’Or holder Luka Modric has failed to replicate his heroics of last season, and while fellow five-time winner of the award Cristiano Ronaldo has been sensational for Juventus, he has not been at the same level of the Barcelona wizard.

Messi’s dominance has him on track for an astonishing fifth Champions League crown. If Barça are successful in Europe, he will join Ronaldo as they only two players in history to have achieved the feat.

At 31 years of age he is not showing any signs of decline and a sixth Ballon d’Or will cap off what has been a magnificent season.


Damon Palmar