Having captained Argentina to three international finals in a row - the 2014 World Cup and two Copa Américas - this summer could represent Messi's last chance to achieve glory on the international stage.
Barcelona emphatically ended Real Madrid's La Liga title hopes with a devastating defeat in the clasico.
Ronaldo, however, is expected to join Messi on five Ballon d'Ors by scooping the 2017 trophy after another stellar season where he helped Real Madrid retain their Champions League crown.
But away from the World Player of the Year awards, the pair have collected plenty of other recognised trophies — and some unfamiliar ones, too.
'(I would like) to give a mention to Leo (Messi) and Neymar for being here.
Ronaldo's individual list is boosted by his time in the Premier League with Manchester United, where he won three league titles and one Champions League.
During his trophy-laden spell in England, he won four player of the month awards, made four PFA Premier League Team of the Year appearances and collected the Premier League Golden Boot.
I'm so happy, thank you very much.'The Real Madrid star was presented the award by Diego Maradona and his Brazilian namesake at Monday's ceremony, which took place at the London Palladium.
It was the second since the FIFA award once again split from the Ballon d'Or prize.