Football has a knack of offering up famous photos that live through the generations. Zinedine Zidane's headbutt in the 2006 World Cup final, Vinny Jones copping a feel of Paul Gascoigne, Bobby Moore hoisting the Jules Rimet trophy are just a few.
While this latest photo may not live as long in the memory, it is equally as brilliant.
Lionel Messi claimed the UEFA best player of the year award for the second time in his career yesterday following the Champions League group stage draw.
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Messi was up against team-mate Luis Suarez and Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronlado for the accolade and following a live vote of 54 journalists, the Argentine won in a landslide.
Ronaldo looked visibly frustrated to come second best but will hopefully see the humorous side of Lionel Messi's photo bomb him.
Pictures emerged on Twitter yesterday of the Portuguese player striking a pose for the camera and positioned perfectly in the background and primed to take full advantage was the Argentine.
COMPETITION GOES ON
The decision to select Messi as the best player in Europe was a formality after Barcelona won an historic treble with the 28-year-old at the centre of all the success.
Ronaldo will be hoping he can follow Messi in winning the award for a second time next year, but Madrid have some way to go if they are to knock Barcelona off their perch.
In terms of personal success last season Ronaldo scored more goals than Messi, but success is mainly measured on your teams performance as well as individual.
It will be interesting to see who will claim the Ballon d'Or in January. The smart money goes on Messi.
Who deserves to win the Ballon d'Or (on current form) Messi or Ronaldo? Have your say below!
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