Ballon d'Or countdown - Lionel Messi's most memorable fashion disasters
After a number of famous fashion faux-pas, the internet is awash with rumours as to how Lionel Messi will dress for Monday's ceremony
Published 11/01/2016 | 14:42
Besides the awards, the red carpet and the bizarre involvement of James Nesbitt as presenter, Lionel Messi's outfit for the annual Ballon d'Or ceremony has become the most hotly-anticipated detail of the entire evening.
The Barcelona forward's questionable fashion sense has arguably become as entertaining as the Argentine's performances on the pitch,
Who could forget the time he celebrated Barcelona's El Clasico victory over Real Madrid last year by dressing up as a generic Dad...
The four-time Ballon d'Or winner has often saved his most shocking suits for Fifa's annual ceremony to crown the best player in the world.
The internet has been rife with rumours regarding Messi's potential get-up after the Argentine was pictured alongside a typically under-dressed Dani Alves before Monday's ceremony in Zurich.
In honour of the great man - and his horrendous dress sense - here's a few times Messi marred football's equivalent of the Oscars with his unique fashion sense.
Ballon d'Or 2011
Messi first made a sartorial splash with his Ballon d'Or attire in 2011, arriving to collect his second world player of the year gong dressed in a maroon velvet number.
Comparisons were inevitably made to Anchorman lead, Ron Burgondy, whose patented suit was mooted to be the inspiration for Messi's choice of dress.
Ballon d'Or 2012
2012 saw Messi opt for a polka-dotted blazer and trouser combo; designed exclusively for the Barcelona number ten by Italian designers, Dolce and Gabbana.
Ballon d'Or 2013
Messi's 2013 suit grabbed the headlines as the Barca forward collected his fourth Ballon d'Or in this painfully shiney scarlet outfit.
Ballon d'Or 2014
2014 saw Cristiano Ronaldo pip Lionel Messi to the top award after a stellar year for club and country.
Messi returned to form with another synthetic-looking maroon design, complete with black trim and a splattering of glitter. Textbook.
Ballon d'Or 2015?
Lionel Messi's suit for the 2015 awards ceremony has reportedly been leaked online this morning.
According to internet reports, the 28-year-old will take to the stage looking for his fifth Ballon d'Or title dressed in this...
The suit is understood to be designed by Dolce and Gabbana, and strikes a remarkable resemblance to Messi's 2012 tour-de-force.