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Lionel Messi on top: A look at players who have won the Golden Ball at the Club World Cup

Arjun Singh Devgan
Messi has won two Golden Ball awards at Club World Cup
Messi has won two Golden Ball awards at Club World Cup / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/GettyImages

The 2021 FIFA Club World Cup kicked off on 3 February in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with with six champion clubs from six confederations taking part in the tournament along with the national champions from the host nation.

Few games have already taken place with many waiting for Champions League winners, Chelsea to begin their campaign with the Blues scheduled to play the winners of the game between Al Jazira and Al Hilal on February 9.

The tournament has overtime seen a number of great players display their wares, and like most of the other competitions the Golden Ball is given to the best player of the competition. Throughout it's history only Argentina icon, Lionel Messi has won two Golden Ball awards - which is the most ever for a player.

Manchester United superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo for his part has won the most individual awards with four to his name, though he has managed to be presented with the Golden Ball only once so far.

Four Brazilians have won the golden ball awards, including midfield legend Kaka, the most by any nation, while the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Gareth Bale, Wayne Rooney, Luis Suarez and Deco are among the various players who have won the award once.