Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has seemingly backed a claim that Lionel Messi stole the Ballon d'Or award from Robert Lewandowski and himself.
Earlier this week, an Instagram fan account called "cr7.o_legendario" posted some rather scathing comments about Messi's latest Golden Ball win, and the post was seemingly endorsed by Ronaldo.
Scroll through the gallery below to see all the award winners from the 2021 Ballon d'Or awards ceremony, as well as the top 10 for the men's prize
The 36-year-old, who finished sixth in this year's Ballon d'Or ranking, reportedly liked the post and left a comment on it, saying: "facts".
The post came with the following caption, per the Daily Mail:
"Theft. Dirt. Shame. Simply regrettable.
"Who saw, saw. Anyone who is smart enough knows who the real deserving ones are. Receiving awards without earning it is false happiness, without pride.
"43 goals in the year, six goals in five games in this Champions League, all decisive and a guy who, regardless of age, continues to work miracles and is the guy who most impresses the world most often.
"They still put the guy in sixth. Do you really think that five guys did more than him in the year? Never.
"He could fight for this award calmly and the fight would be good with Lewandowski who in individual numbers was incredible and Bayern had a better season than Juventus and has been having a calmer season than United, but at the national selection level, for example, Cristiano was much better.
"And who does the prize go to? For Messi, who only won the Copa del Rey by Barcelona, he hasn't scored a goal against Real Madrid since when Cristiano left, disappeared in the big games of the season, won the Copa America that was supposed to be every four years and do practically every year.
"He didn't score in the final or in the semi-final. And he's been having a weak season with PSG [Paris Saint-Germain] individually.
"For Cristiano to win this prize he has to be 300% unquestionable. It's no use scoring the most beautiful bike of the year, being champion of everything by the club, top scorer of everything, and scoring a hat-trick in the World Cup, they still provide a way to take his prize.
"With Messi, it's the other way around. He can do a low-key season, way below, they'll always find a way to favour him and give him the prize."
Here is a look at some of the scenes from Messi's 2021 Ballon d'Or win in Paris