Amazing Leo Messi & Cristiano Ronaldo comparison from before & after Ballon d’Or ceremony [Pictures]

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On January 12th 2015, Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo bagged his third Ballon d’or trophy to Leo Messi’s four.

The Portuguese winger headed into the new year in superb form but has been far from his best in 2015.

Barcelona legend Leo Messi has also had to deal with a remarkable turn of fortunes in 2015, currently playing some of the best football of his incredible career.

The Mirror have done some excellent work comparing their key statistics before and after the Ballon d’or Ceremony.

Despite only just entering March, 27 year old Leo Messi is already a big favourite to chalk up his 5th Ballon d’Or win, reclaiming his title as the best player in the world from Cristiano Ronaldo.

Watching his Real Madrid rival close in on his record breaking Ballon d’Or achievements has quite clearly inspired Leo Messi to step up his game.

We are so very lucky to be living through this Messi & Ronaldo era.