Lionel Messi won the Ballon d'Or for the sixth time in his career, but it was the good folks of Twitter who provided the evening's entertainment.
Of course, there were those who only wanted to wish the Argentine well after his record-breaking win.
The only time im against messi is when he’s playing against My country Nigeria! Shine on boss ka iya ka huta pic.twitter.com/whazYYVTyC— Dj AB (@Dj_Abba) December 2, 2019
It's clear a loooottttt of people agreed with the decision.
Messi finally made 666— ölàGøłđ. ⚫⚪ (@Unclegold1) December 2, 2019
6 golden boot
6 FIFA award
6 ballon d'or
This man na devil
There are many ways to praise the GOAT, yet it was BT Sport who summed things up.
Born too late to discover the earth ⛵️— BT Sport (@btsport) December 2, 2019
Born too soon to discover the stars
Born at the right time to watch Lionel Messi pic.twitter.com/jTlK2kKqft
Yes, we are truly blessed to watch Messi in action. Well, many of us are blessed, but not everyone enjoyed seeing him scoop the Ballon d'Or.
Van Dijk deserved it more but we all know it’s rigged— Efra (@efra_casillas) December 2, 2019
Fraudulent award. When Ronaldo had the numbers and Champ League, they gave it to Modric. Now they gave it to Messi who was disgraced out of the Champions League. Why not Virgil?— Nonso Ozoemena (@ozoemena_nonso) December 2, 2019
Ronaldo my GOAT. #BallonDor pic.twitter.com/vVFVJb94ET
Messi and Van dijk were amazing last season, but Cristiano Ronaldo remains GREATEST. PLAYER. TO. EVER. PLAY. THE GAME, argue with your conscience.— Obi Of Onitsha (@cliqik) December 2, 2019
The GOAT, QED!!! pic.twitter.com/7upv3EYaVe
It seems Messi has as many supporters as he does haters.
The #BallonDor lost it credibility since 2017. This is the biggest robbery in history of football. Cristiano Ronaldo was robbed but Messi won it after winning just 1 trophy and bottling a 3 goals lead in one of the biggest stage of Football.— ＭＵＳＢＥＹ⚪ (@Mus6ey) December 2, 2019
Ronaldo is The GOAT #BallonDor2019 pic.twitter.com/ArVWn0SunB
Although, Cristiano Ronaldo appears to have even more haters.
Ronaldo’s going home tonight to make his son do 200 pressups— Jamie (@jmemc55) December 2, 2019
Whether you're a Messi fan or a Van Dijk fan, we can all agree on one thing.— JAKE BUCKLEY (@TheMasterBucks) December 2, 2019
The Ronaldo fans are in the mud and that's a beautiful thing.
And what about Virgil van Dijk? No one could hate the colossal Dutchman - just look at his smile.
From the very first moment Van Dijk became favourite to win he remained humble, and he remained respectful towards Messi. He attended twice knowing Messi would win the FIFA Best award & Ballon d'Or, yet was the first to say that Messi deserved it.— 퐀퐅퐂 퐀퐉퐀퐗 (@TheEuropeanLad) December 2, 2019
Big appreciation tweet for him. pic.twitter.com/um7pOOWvpJ
Van Dijk is one of only 10 defenders in the history of the game to finish top 3 in the Ballon D’or rankings, and the only defender still playing, to do so.— Josh (@KloppStyle) December 2, 2019
He’s in a league of his own
Virgil van Dijk absolutely oozes class.— totalBarça (@totalBarca) December 2, 2019
Top, top player and great man.
Worthy 2nd place without a shadow of a doubt.
Well, maybe he has one.
I just text Virgil Van Dijk asking him to congratulate Lionel Messi for me. He said Not now James.— Boring James Milner (@BoringMilner) December 2, 2019
James Milner is only upset because he's not one of the seven Liverpool players who made the shortlist.
Wijnaldum 26th— Leanne Prescott (@_lfcleanne) December 2, 2019
Van Dijk 2nd
4 players inside the top ten for the #BallonDor. Comprehensive and thoroughly deserved recognition for this #LFC side tonight. Superb effort.
4 of the Ballon d’Or’s top 7 are Liverpool players. That stat alone is incredible.— Kloppholic (@Kloppholic) December 2, 2019
Forever grateful to have this man as our manager. Never take it for granted.❤️pic.twitter.com/1tKZYAHqEM
However, even the Reds' leading man had to admit he'd lost to the better footballer.
After Liverpool beat Tottenham in the Champions League final, Van Dijk told reporters: "Messi deserves to win the Ballon d'Or. He's unbelievable."— FutbolBible (@FutbolBible) December 2, 2019
Van Dijk tonight: “You have to respect greatness. Leo Messi deserves the award. Six times, wow."
This man oozes class. pic.twitter.com/Q2ABJn88kF
Congratulations, Lord Lionel, you're the GOAT of GOATs. The best of the best. The cream of the crop. The creme de la.ah you get the picture.