Lionel Messi picked up his sixth Ballon d'Or last week, pipping Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk to the accolade.
It was one of the closest in terms of voting for quiet some time, with Messi winning by just seven points.
Cristiano Ronaldo finished in third, somehow ahead of Liverpool superstars Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.
But despite his high finish, the Portuguese will be fuming that Messi has now surpassed his total of five Ballon d'Or wins.
The two generational talents have contested the award for the past decade, with Luka Modric the only player to break their duopoly in 2018.
- Messi is statistically the best player in Europe this season
- Ronaldo feels leaving Real Madrid cost him two Ballon d'Ors
- Sadio Mane is the new Cristiano Ronaldo, says Danny Blind
The Spaniard said, per AS: "They could create a Ballon d'Or just for those two [and award it to one or the other] depending on results, and another for the rest. It would be best for football."
Don't worry Van Dijk, the Ballon d'Or 2.0 will be coming in the post any day now!
With Ramos' idea in mind, let's have a look at what players would have secured the coveted award if Messi and Ronaldo were condemned to their separate two-way battle.
BALLON D'OR WINNERS WITHOUT MESSI AND RONALDO
2008 - Fernando Torres
2009 - Xavi
2010 - Andres Iniesta
2011 - Xavi
2012 - Andres Iniesta
2013 - Franck Ribery
2014 - Manuel Neuer
2015 - Neymar
2016 - Antoine Griezmann
2017 - Neymar
2018 - Luka Modric
2019 - Virgil van Dijk
Two apiece for Xavi, Iniesta and Neymar!
Sadly for Ramos, he has never featured in the top three for the Ballon d'Or, despite winning four Champions League trophies with Real Madrid and three major trophies with Spain.
His Spanish compatriots would certainly have benefitted, though...News Now - Sport News