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How Many Times Have Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo Won the Ballon D’Or?



Messi and Ronaldo are two of the most decorated footballers in history (Pictures: Koji Watanabe/Getty Images, Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

The 2022 Ballon d’Or ceremony takes place in Paris on Monday, with the biggest stars in world football descending on the French capital.

For just the second time in almost 15 years, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are not expected to get their hands on the most prestigious individual award in the game.

Ronaldo made the shortlist but is expected to miss out this time, and Messi isn’t on the list after his first season with PSG.

The 2022 ceremony marks another chapter in the changing of the guard in the top echelon of football, with newer talent Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland both up for the trophy.

But how many Ballon d’Or awards have Messi and Ronaldo won throughout their glittering footballing careers?

Here are the all important numbers.

How many times has Lionel Messi won the Ballon d’Or?

Messi has won the Ballon d’Or on seven occasions (Picture: Pedro Fiúza/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Lionel Messi has won seven Ballon d’Or awards in total over the course of his career.

The Argentine first tasted success in 2009 after helping Pep Guardiola’s legendary Barcelona side to an incredible four trophies in the 2008-09 season.

Messi went on to win the Ballon d’Or for the next three seasons in a row, including in 2012, fresh from scoring a record 73 goals in all competitions across the previous season.

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The 35 year-old won the Ballon d’Or for a fifth time in 2015, but waited another four years to land his sixth crown in 2019.

The award was not handed out in 2020 following the Covid-19 pandemic, but upon its resumption in 2021, Messi was once again voted the best player in the world, earning his seventh trophy.

How many times has Cristiano Ronaldo won the Ballon d’Or?

Ronaldo has got his hands on five Ballon d’Or prizes (Picture: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Cristiano Ronaldo has five Ballon d’Or awards tucked away among his many trophies.

The renowned Manchester United forward picked up his first Ballon d’Or shortly after arriving at Real Madrid from Old Trafford in 2008.

As Messi swept up the award four years in a row, Ronaldo got his hands on the prize once again in 2013.

The 37 year-old won the Ballon d’Or the following year after playing a pivotal role in Real Madrid’s historic ‘La Decima’ Champions League campaign in 2014.

Ronaldo won his final Ballon d’Or awards in 2016 and 2017, just months after guiding Madrid to two further Champions League triumphs.

Which player has won the most Ballon D’or awards?

The Ballon d’Or is one of football’s most coveted trophies (Picture: Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)

Messi’s seven Ballon d’Or victories make the PSG forward the most decorated male player in the history of the beautiful game, while Ronaldo’s tally of five puts him in second place.

Michel Platini, Johan Cruyff and Marco van Basten have all picked up the Ballon d’Or on three occasions.

The only other players to win the award more than once are Franz Beckenbauer, Ronaldo Nazario, Alfredo Di Stefano, Kevin Keegan and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

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Paul Mescal Receives Apology From BBC After Broadcaster Makes Rather Awkward Blunder



Irish actor Paul Mescal has been called British…again (Picture: Gilbert Flores/Variety via Getty Images)

His tweet clarifying his nationality may have been the most liked post in Ireland three years ago, but the BBC has had to apologise after getting a crucial fact about Oscar nominee Paul Mescal wrong.

Earlier this week the Irish actor was announced as one of the nominees for the upcoming Academy Awards.

The 26-year-old, who is from Maynooth, was given the nod for his leading role in indie flick Aftersun in the Actor in a Leading Role category.

In March, Paul will be going up against Austin Butler (Elvis), Brendan Fraser (The Whale), Bill Nighy (Living) and fellow Irishman Colin Farrell (The Banshees of Inisherin) in the prestigious category.

But when covering the nominations, the national broadcaster made a rather awkward error.

In text appearing on screen, the BBC reported: ‘2023 Oscar nominations: British actors Paul Mescal and Bill Nighy are nominated for leading role.’

The BBC has apologised for this mistake (Picture: eyeswideshut/ Twitter)

It has now apologised for the mistake, issuing a statement that read: ‘In text running across the screen we reported that Paul Mescal was one of two British actors who had been nominated for an Oscar for a leading role.’

‘The text should have said that Paul Mescal is Irish. We apologise for the mistake.’

When the mistake was made, plenty of people pointed it out and reminded the media outlet that Paul is very much Irish.

‘BBC news seems to not know Paul Mescal is IRISH,’ one person wrote.

Another added: ‘The BBC should know that Paul Mescal isn’t British.’

Plenty of people called out the BBC oversight (Picture: Twitter)

This person pointed out that Paul is very much Irish (Picture: Twitter)

Paul was one of several Irish Oscar nominees (Picture: Twitter)

It wasn’t the first time this has happened though.

Back in 2020, when Paul picked up an Emmy nomination for his breakthrough role in Normal People, outlets including The Guardian called him British.

It lead the actor to tweet ‘I’m Irish’, which ended up becoming the most-liked post in his home country that year.

Paul picked up an Oscar nomination for his starring role in Aftersun (Picture: A24 via AP)

The message quickly racked up over 130,000 likes as well as over 12,000 retweets and over 1,600 replies.

His Oscar nomination helped break a record for Ireland too, with the country securing 14 nominations in the upcoming awards ceremony.

Other actors to get nods included Barry Keoghan, Brendan Gleeson and Kerry Condon.

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When his nomination was announced Paul said it was ‘truly a special moment for everyone involved in Aftersun’.

‘To be recognised by the Academy is such an insane honour and I’m so utterly grateful.’

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How Many Legs Are in the Carabao Cup Semi-finals? All the Rules Explained



Only four teams remain in the competition (Picture: Michael Regan/Getty Images)

The Carabao Cup semi-finals continue tonight with Nottingham Forest welcoming Manchester United at the City Ground.

The winner of the tie will face either Newcastle United or Southampton in the final at Wembley on February 26.

With the regulations changing from one competition to another, here is your full lowdown of the rules in play across the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup 2023.

Are the Carabao Cup semi-finals played over two legs?

Yes, the Carabao Cup semi-finals will take place over two legs.

Newcastle beat Southampton 1-0 in the first leg of the first semi-final on Tuesday night, with the return leg scheduled for Tuesday, January 31 at 8pm.

Southampton and Newcastle played out an entertaining first leg (Picture: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Manchester United will host Nottingham Forest in the second leg of their semi-final on Wednesday, February 1 at 8pm.

VAR is in use for the first time in the Carabao Cup this season, having not featured in earlier rounds to ensure fairness across every tie.

Will extra-time and penalties be used in the Carabao Cup semi-finals?

If the score is level after the end of both legs then extra-time, and if required penalties, will be used to determine the winner.

This is the first time this season that matches finishing level in the Carabao Cup will head to extra-time, with ties previously proceeding straight to penalties in the event of a draw after 90 minutes.

The away goals rule will also not be in use for the two semi-finals.

The English Football League scrapped the rule ahead of the 2018/19, which up until that point only came into effect following the conclusion of extra-time.

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How many substitutes are allowed in the Carabao Cup?

Managers will be able to use up to five substitutes across three windows during the game (half-time not included).

An extra substitution is permitted in extra-time, whilst both teams can also use two concussion substitutes if required.

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