Twitter reacts as Lionel Messi wins seventh Ballon d'Or

Lionel Messi won the Ballon d'Or for the 7th time
Lionel Messi won the Ballon d'Or for the 7th time / FRANCK FIFE/GettyImages

It was always going to be a straight shoot-out between Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski for the 2021 Ballon d'Or, and in the end, it was the Argentine who took home the crown.

He already held the record for six Ballons d'Or triumphs, but as has been the case throughout his career, Messi has gone one step further and shattered his own tally, now sitting pretty on seven.

As you can imagine, Twitter went a bit wild.

Just as loud as the support for Messi was the opposition, with many believing this award should have gone to Bayern Munich striker Lewandowski.

The Poland international, who finished second in the standings, has scored more goals than any other player on the planet in 2021 and would have almost certainly been the winner in 2020, had the event not been postponed.

Behind Lewandowski came Chelsea midfielder Jorginho, who boasted the most impressive trophy cabinet of any player across the year.

The Italian won at Euro 2020 during the summer, adding that to the Champions League title he lifted with the Blues just a few months earlier, although whether that was enough to earn him a spot on the podium has left a lot of fans divided.

In the end though, the focus remains on Messi, whose illustrious career just got even better.