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As football legends Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo approach the final years of their illustrious careers, I have decided to let their legacies live on in the form of Cristionel Messnaldo! Using a combination of their highest attributes as well as various other aspects of their backgrounds/personalities/physical traits, Messnaldo is essentially a superhuman professional footballer. He begins his career as an unemployed 18 year-old Spanish footballer, and I will follow his career by simulating in 1 year increments to document his travels and see if he can achieve more than his predecessors!

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Cristionel Messnaldo

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Born in Zaragoza (roughly between Barcelona and Madrid) on April 16, 2000, Cristionel Messnaldo has since become the best football player in the world at just 18 years old, despite never having played before. His attributes have set his current ability to 200/200, and his potential ability is the same, so it's unlikely he will improve much more. He is Spanish, Portuguese, and Argentinian, so he still has the chance to declare for whichever he chooses. Having just started his professional career, he is currently unemployed with suitors lining up for his signature.

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Real Madrid are currently leading the race for his signature, and though Messnaldo has a higher affinity for Barcelona, he is also a massive Real Madrid fan and will likely sign for them despite interest from Bayer Leverkusen, Borussia Dortmund, Tottenham Hotspur, and even Shanggang.

https://i.ibb.co/dJqsXmY/Screen-Shot-2019-08-07-at-6-13-03-PM.png


It's no surprise that multiple clubs are interested in the player, as his attributes are ridiculously high. I will simulate 1 year in the future and post an update with the results of his debut season! Stay tuned, I'm excited!
2018/19 Season

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Surprisingly, Messnaldo decided to sign for Tottenham Hotspur over one of his favorite clubs, Real Madrid. Maybe it was the lucrative 5-year £275k per week contract he was offered, though I would expect Real Madrid to be able to bid a similar amount. Regardless, Messnaldo had a decent first season with Spurs as you can see below:

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Messnaldo appeared in all 38 matches in the Premier League season, scoring 17 goals and getting 5 assists while maintaining a 7.61 overall rating. These aren't groundbreaking stats but overall I'd say it's a pretty good start to his career!

https://i.ibb.co/tPrXvHM/Screen-Shot-2019-08-08-at-12-59-36-AM.png


His performances earned him a spot in the Players' Team of the Year, which was mostly dominated by the title-winning Liverpool squad. The only other non-Liverpool players to break into the XI were Kyle Walker and Bernardo Silva, so he's in good company.

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Spurs still only managed to finish 4th despite having the highest rated player in the world operating in his preferred right wing role. They also signed Wissam Ben Yedder to help with offensive depth and sold Eric Dier to Real Madrid but this transfer activity did little to improve their fortunes.

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Spurs were rather disappointingly eliminated from the Champions League in the Quarter Final by Atletico Madrid, who were then beaten by the subsequent champions, Real Madrid. Annoyingly, Real beat Liverpool in the final once again (I'm a Liverpool fan). Messnaldo is currently valued at £93,000,000 and with 4 years left on his contract, he doesn't appear to be leaving anytime soon. See you in a year!
Well, this is something different! Can't wait to see how he develops and where his career takes him. Could it be that he stays at Spurs for the rest of his career as he just becomes simply too expensive to buy?
Sometimes you have to stand in the shadows; to see the light.

Well, this is something different! Can't wait to see how he develops and where his career takes him. Could it be that he stays at Spurs for the rest of his career as he just becomes simply too expensive to buy?


Well he inherited Messi's loyalty attribute which I believe is 18 or 19, so he could potentially stay with Spurs for his entire career, though it seems like they are struggling at the moment so if they fail to secure a Champions League spot at any point I could see him moving on. I've seen players like Dybala go to other clubs for nearly 200m in this game so even though he's the most expensive player in the world right now I think one of the European giants could afford him at some point in the future!
2019/20 Season


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Messnaldo's value has fallen by £1m, likely because he now has 3 years left on his contract rather than 4. He's now 20 years old, and has remarkably already made 24 caps for Spain, scoring 19 goals! That's a very impressive scoring record, and helped Spain get pretty far in the Euro 2020.

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Messnaldo helped Spain to the Semi Final of the Euro 2020 competition, but they lost to the dominant France side who went on to win it. Messnaldo has still failed to win a trophy after his first 2 seasons, as Tottenham suffered during the 2019/20 season.

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Spurs failed to secure a Champions League spot, finishing 6th, 14 whole points behind 4th-place Manchester City. Messnaldo doesn't seem affected by this disappointment, but if a Champions League club comes in with an offer he may be tempted to leave.

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Spurs also had a disappointing Champions League campaign, being knocked out in the Round of 16 by Inter Milan on 1-2 aggregate. Messnaldo seems to have failed at contributing the same game-changing numbers that Ronaldo and Messi consistently put up for years, but this could change next year.

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Messnaldo didn't score as many goals this season, as he started only 29 Premier League matches instead of the 37 from last season, which left his goal tally in the league at 15. He finished with 21 goals and 9 assists in 43(2) appearances in all competitions, so he certainly had another solid season, but has failed to bring Spurs to the next level as I would have expected.

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Messnaldo's impressive performances won him the U21 Footballer of the Year and the European Golden Boy awards, as well as being featured in the World Team of the Year as you can see below.

https://i.ibb.co/0hWwVnw/Screen-Shot-2019-08-08-at-10-44-36-AM.png


He appears alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in the Team of the Year, and Cristiano Ronaldo actually secured the Ballon d'Or with Suarez and Neymar the runner-up and third-best respectively.

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Due to Tottenham's poor results throughout the first half of the season, Pochettino was sacked in mid-December. This shake-up could be good for Messnaldo's development, as they failed to achieve anything significant in the first season as well.

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Spurs hired Nuno Espirito Santo to replace Pochettino, which is very interesting to me. Pochettino's Argentinian background may have enticed Messnaldo to join Spurs in the first place, because he is part Argentinian due to his connection to Messi. Now Pochettino has been replaced by a Portuguese manager, and Messnaldo can relate to him in the same way because of his connection to Ronaldo and his resulting Portuguese nationality. I'm interested to see if they can create a successful bond and finally start winning some trophies!
2020/21 Season


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Messnaldo's value has dropped another £1m, though he's actually extended his contract to 2025 which is surprising considering the state of Spurs in this save. He quickly realized his mistake, though, and he's now unhappy at the club.

https://i.ibb.co/16DMKYc/Screen-Shot-2019-08-08-at-11-27-45-AM.png


Messnaldo has publicly stated his desire to move to a "bigger club" so he could make the next step toward becoming the best player in the world if he moves to the right club, we'll see. Whoever decides to try and buy the player will no doubt need to spend big as he's got 4 years left on his deal with an overall value of £91m, and I'm guessing Spurs won't want to sell their best player.

https://i.ibb.co/JsffcV3/Screen-Shot-2019-08-08-at-11-28-00-AM.png


Messnaldo had his best individual season yet, scoring 29 goals and getting 10 assists in 46(3) appearances in all competitions. This is because he scored an impressive 9 goals in 9 appearances in the Europa League, as last year Spurs were in the Champions League and Messnaldo only managed 2 goals in 7 apps against the more difficult opponents.

https://i.ibb.co/GkXDgGW/Screen-Shot-2019-08-08-at-11-28-21-AM.png


Spurs finished 6th again, doomed to another season in the Europa League which has seemingly pushed Messnaldo over the line. Tottenham's rivals Arsenal managed to win the 2020/21 Premier League 20 points ahead of Spurs, despite Spurs having the most technically-gifted player in the history of the game.

https://i.ibb.co/5GcqjMN/Screen-Shot-2019-08-08-at-11-28-46-AM.png


I was apparently wrong about Nuno Espirito Santo and Messnaldo connecting over to their shared nationality, and Santo was sacked in March as Spurs looked set to miss out on the Champions League yet again. Messnaldo will now have his third manager of his career during a vital stage of his development, and it'd be a shame if his career was wasted in the Europa League.

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Didier Deschamps is the man Daniel Levy has chosen to guide Spurs back into the top 4. The key is clearly to unlock Messnaldo's full potential to produce Messi/Ronaldo numbers, but is Deschamps the man for the job? Only time will tell.

https://i.ibb.co/HBFVpD5/Screen-Shot-2019-08-08-at-11-29-44-AM.png


Messnaldo's first trophy came in the form of the UEFA Nations League as Spain triumphed 2-1 in extra time over an unlicensed German national team. Not exactly the trophy every boy dreams of but a trophy nonetheless.

https://i.ibb.co/q9j2Qm8/Screen-Shot-2019-08-08-at-11-33-00-AM.png


Messnaldo's impressive performances secured him his third-consecutive U21 Footballer of the Year award, and he came 3rd in the Ballon d'Or vote. I'm hoping he moves to a bigger club soon so he can play to his full potential, see you next year!
Your careers are really unique, loving them
Looking forward to see next season, I think Messnaldo will move this time
2021/22 Season


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Messnaldo's value has now stagnated at £91m rather than dropping after a productive season as Spurs' best player. He's contracted for another 3 years, but with interest from 2 clubs he could end up moving on before the next season. At 22 years old, Messnaldo still hasn't competed for any club trophies but he still has plenty of time to catch up with Messi and Ronaldo's frankly insane records.

https://i.ibb.co/9yzs9hV/Screen-Shot-2019-10-15-at-11-57-19-PM.png

Despite minor interest from Manchester City and PSG, Messnaldo remains content at Spurs though this could soon change if a formal offer materializes. I would like to see a change as it doesn't seem Messnaldo will achieve much with Spurs, but we may have to wait a year or two.

https://i.ibb.co/5nwfm2c/Screen-Shot-2019-10-15-at-11-57-49-PM.png

Messnaldo scored 29 goals again this season, with 21 in the Premier League making him the runner-up for the Golden Boot. He also scored 7 goals in 11(1) Europa League appearances, which secured him a place in the Europa League Squad of the Season. Messnaldo also managed 7 assists in all competitions, so he's clearly more of a goalscorer than a creator but still he contributes for his teammates.

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In addition to being runner-up for the Golden Boot and being featured in the Europa League Squad of the Season, Messnaldo was named Best Player in Europe (the equivalent of UEFA Men's Player of the Year) and was third-place for the Ballon d'Or. He was also named Players' Young Player of the Year in the Premier League and was named Spain captain at the end of the season. Overall a very productive year for Messnaldo, which will hopefully spark more interest from other clubs.

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Despite Messnaldo's 21 Premier League goals, Spurs only managed to finish 6th for the 3rd year in a row, leaving him stuck in the Europa League for yet another season if he fails to secure a transfer to a Champions League club.

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Due to their poor overall performance, Spurs sacked their 3rd manager since Messnaldo joined back in 2018. This revolving door has undoubtedly affected Messnaldo's record as I think he would be able to achieve more with a better performing team.

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Leonardo Jardim, former Monaco and more recently (in the game) Juventus manager, is the man Spurs have chosen to turn things around and retaining Messnaldo's services will definitely be one of his highest priorities, so we'll see how things work out.

https://i.ibb.co/88jwXky/Screen-Shot-2019-10-16-at-11-45-47-AM.png

In a bizarre World Cup, Spain were eliminated in the Second Round by eventual runner-up Venezuela, who lost to Nigeria in the 2022 World Cup Final. What?
2022/23 Season


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Messnaldo has extended his contract with Spurs until 2027, and the possibility that the best player to ever play the game will remain at Spurs for his entire career is becoming more and more likely. He's still on £275,000 per week, making him Spurs' highest paid player ahead of Harry Kane (£215,000) and Marco Verratti (£195,000). However, he's only the 20th highest paid player in the world, with Neymar and Oscar topping the list earning £625,000 and £575,000 per week respectively. I also think it's worth mentioning Messnaldo's phenomenal international scoring record, with a whopping 36 goals in just 48 international appearances. At this rate, he's averaging a goal every 1.3 games while Messi and Ronaldo have only managed a goal every 2 games and 1.7 games respectively. With this type of ratio Messnaldo could quite easily become the best Spain player in history and perhaps even beat Pele's scoring record for Brazil of a goal every 1.19 games.

https://i.ibb.co/yQ2x8HD/Screen-Shot-2019-10-16-at-12-52-47-AM.png

Despite my initial disappointment in Messnaldo's decision to extend his contract with Spurs, it seems they have improved under Leonardo Jardim and look set to return to the Champions League after 4 consecutive seasons in the Europa League. This will put Messnaldo in the spotlight and hopefully he can start winning some trophies.

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Speaking of trophies, Messnaldo finally won his first club trophy of his career in the form of the Carabao Cup. This isn't exactly the Champions League trophy, but it's a start. Messnaldo managed to score the opening goal in the final against Manchester United, helping his team to secure their first trophy since winning the same cup back in 2008 (15 years prior). It's safe to say it's been a long time coming, and hopefully Messnaldo can add to his trophy cabinet again within the next 15 years.

https://i.ibb.co/gMvxmdV/Screen-Shot-2019-10-16-at-12-52-17-AM.png

Under Leonardo Jardim, Messnaldo was switched to the opposite side of the field to operate as a left winger/inside forward. As a result, he achieved 5 less goals than the previous 2 seasons but managed an impressive 12 assists in all competitions to add to his overall contribution. With an average rating of 7.83 (his highest ever), it seems Messnaldo has finally found a manager who can get the best out of him.

https://i.ibb.co/x1dYV2N/Screen-Shot-2019-10-16-at-1-08-30-AM.png

Messnaldo's impressive performances and Spurs' overall improvement helped him secure numerous awards throughout the 2022/23 season, including the Ballon d'Or, the Best FIFA Men's Player of the Year, and the Premier League Players' Young Player of the Year Award. This is the first time he's won the Ballon d'Or in his career, but I doubt it'll be the last.
2023/24 Season


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At 24 years old, Cristionel Messnaldo is now approaching the prime of his career when he really has a chance to put himself up there alongside his biological fathers as one of the greatest players of all time. To date, Messnaldo's trophy cabinet is looking pretty bare compared to Messi and Ronaldo's but another successful individual season has sparked major interest from some other clubs.

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Following the surprising departure of Lionel Messi to Argentinian side Independiente for just £600k last season, Barcelona have taken an interest in his half-clone Cristionel Messnaldo to fill his shoes. This would be a very interesting move in my opinion and I'd love to compare his record with Barcelona to Messi's if he ends up transferring. PSG have also renewed their minor interest in Messnaldo but with 3 years left on his contract it would take a massive fee to secure his services. If any club is going to cough up the cash, though, it's PSG.

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Unsurprisingly, Messnaldo had another stellar season though his average rating dropped from 7.83 to 7.62 which saw him fall out of the Ballon d'Or discussion in 2023. With 18 goals in 36 Premier League appearances, I don't think Messnaldo will reach the same kind of numbers as Messi and Ronaldo have in their careers because of the way the game engine works. I think Messi and Ronaldo have proven that they are so far ahead of everyone else that the game can't seem to create a scale big enough to produce the kind of 50+ goals per season that those two legends have been able to put up year in year out in real life. This is disappointing, but I still think it'll be interesting to compare the final results of their careers.

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Messnaldo narrowly missed out on 2 trophies this season, losing to Portugal in the UEFA Nations League Final and losing to Manchester City in extra time in the FA Cup Final. Another trophy-less season has passed, and it seems increasingly likely that Messnaldo won't quite reach the heights of his predecessors. By 24 years old, Messi had already won 17 titles while Ronaldo had secured 11. So far, Messnaldo only has 2 and they're both pretty insignificant (Carabao Cup and UEFA Nations League).

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Messnaldo managed to secure one individual award this season in the form of the Premier League Players' Young Player of the Year Award, which he has won the last 6 years in a row. At 24, this might be the last time he's eligible for this award so hopefully he can kick it up a notch next year and compete for another Ballon d'Or.

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Despite having a promising first year managing Messnaldo and guiding Spurs back into the Champions League, Leonardo Jardim decided to take the seat vacated by now-Liverpool boss Diego Simeone at Atletico Madrid. So far Pochettino, Nuno Espirito Santo, Didier Deschamps, and Leonardo Jardim have left after just a year of managing Messnaldo which has left the club unsteady every year, something that has undoubtedly stunted Messnaldo's progress towards becoming a legend.

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Zinedine Zidane is the man Spurs chose to hopefully start building an actual project, but I wouldn't be surprised if the revolving door keeps revolving. However, Zidane had a decent first season in charge and could build on it if he doesn't end up leaving like Jardim.

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Spurs finished 4th again with 1 more point than they managed under Jardim, securing a second consecutive season in the Champions League. Zidane's job seems pretty safe so this could be the beginning of a new chapter for Messnaldo and Spurs alike.

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Spurs were rather disappointingly eliminated from the group stage of the Champions League despite being handed a relatively easy group. They only managed 5 points and were subsequently placed in the Europa League where they progressed to the Quarter Final before being eliminated by Real Madrid. Spurs and Real Madrid were just 2 of the multiple surprising Europa League contenders, with Juventus, Borussia Dortmund, Chelsea, and Inter also featuring in the knockout stages with the eventual winners being Manchester United.
2024/25 Season


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Messnaldo has now entered his prime, though he's been the best player in the world since the age of 18. At 25 years old he has continued his impressive international record with 50 goals in 66 caps, and it seems he will go down in the history books as the greatest Spanish player of all time. And yet he has signed a contract extension until 2029 with Tottenham.

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Messnaldo continued at the same level as last season, finishing with a 7.61 average rating from 49(6) appearances in all competitions, with 25 goals and 6 assists to show for it. By his own standards, the last two years haven't been very good as we know he's capable of maintaining a 7.8 or higher average rating throughout the season. Hopefully he can regain that deadly form and go on to win some more Ballon d'Ors.

https://i.ibb.co/hLFq1c2/Screen-Shot-2019-10-16-at-1-54-03-PM.png

Zidane and Spurs failed to build on their successful first season together, missing out on a Champions League spot by 13 points. This resulted in Zidane being sacked and yet another manager stepping up to try and win some trophies with the best player of all time and a club that just can't seem to win anything important.

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Carlo Ancelotti follows a long list of great managers who have failed to achieve real silverware with Spurs since acquiring Cristionel Messnaldo, we'll see if this changes in the future.

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Messnaldo is yet to make it to a Champions League final, spending more than half of his career playing in the Europa League and the other half being knocked out in or before the Quarter Finals of the Champions League. This hasn't changed as Spurs were eliminated by Barcelona, Messnaldo's favorite club, in the Quarter Final.

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Despite his slight drop in form since his younger days, Messnaldo secured his second Ballon d'Or in 2024, beating Dybala and Mbappe (2nd and 3rd respectively) to the highly coveted individual award. At 25 years old, Messnaldo has plenty of time to reach and possibly surpass the 5 Ballon d'Ors won by each of his biological fathers. There's no doubt in my mind Messi or Ronaldo could've won all 10 of those Ballon d'Ors had the other not been playing at the same time, so Messnaldo definitely has an advantage over them in this respect. Winning more than 5 Ballon d'Ors would certainly be a great achievement, though, and would secure his place as one of the greatest, if not the greatest player of all time. He also won World Player of the Year (World Soccer Magazine World Player of the Year) and was runner up for World Footballer of the Year (The Best FIFA Men's Player).
2025/26 Season


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When I created Cristionel Messnaldo, I used all of the best attributes from Messi and Ronaldo including the mental ones such as loyalty. As such, Messnaldo inherited Messi's loyalty rating of 18 and seems perfectly content to spend his entire career with Tottenham rather than trying to go and win everything with literally anyone else. This is disappointing, but it's an experiment and I don't want to interfere so while Messnaldo clearly won't achieve as many club honors as Messi or Ronaldo have (barring any ridiculous turn of events), Messnaldo could still surpass both of them in terms of individual honors and international achievements.

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They did it! Spurs finally secured their first Premier League title since winning the Football League back in 1961, 65 years prior. This is only their 3rd league title of all time, and it's the first major trophy they've won since winning the UEFA Cup in 1984 (or the FA Cup back in 1991 if you count that, I'm on the fence). Point is, it's been a while.

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Ancelotti's first full season in charge went very well it seems, securing a domestic treble of the Premier League, League Cup, and the Community Shield. I'm sure any Spurs fan would take a season like this, hell I know I would.

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Just as I had hoped, Messnaldo kicked it up a notch and maintained an average rating of 7.82, an improvement on his 7.61 average rating of the previous season. He managed to score 26 goals and get a whopping 18 assists despite the departure of Harry Kane to PSG. It seems Spurs might actually be better off without their legendary striker, finally securing a major title the year after he left.

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Despite his impressive increase in form, Messnaldo only managed to win one individual award in the form of the Europa League Player of the Season. Now that Tottenham have won the title they'll be back on the main stage of the Champions League and Messnaldo will likely be able to push for another Ballon d'Or.
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