Barcelona – 11 times
To nobody’s surprise, perhaps, it’s Barcelona who came out on top of this list by having won the Ballon d’Or 11 times before Real Madrid matched them in 2018.
The first player to bring home the award from Paris was the Spaniard Luis Suarez in 1960. The legendary Johan Cruyff followed this up 15 years later to win his third and final Ballon d’Or prize.
But it took another 19 years before the Catalan giants could welcome it again at Camp Nou through Hristo Stoichkov in 1994.
Brazilian duo Rivaldo and Ronaldinho followed it up with victories in 1999 and 2005 respectively before Messi entered the scene.
The Argentine has since won the Ballon d’Or a record-equalling five times since his maiden triumph in 2009. And, if the rumours are true, he’ll be welcoming a sixth home on Monday.