Ballon d'Or style ratings - Messi, Neymar, Ronaldo, Eto'o ...and pure gold Pogba 4 years ago

Ballon d'Or style ratings - Messi, Neymar, Ronaldo, Eto'o ...and pure gold Pogba

The Ballon d'Or is about more than just football.

In fact, football is a mere sideshow. It's more an anthropological study. When scores of ludicrously wealthy young men are asked to dress up like peacocks and strut around their direct rivals, it's going to be dynamite.

Barring the actual awards themselves - which are often a foregone conclusion by the night of the ceremony - the other way these alpha-males can lock metaphorical horns is via sartorial competition. That means very expensive suits and sh*tloads of gel.

But how did the main men measure up? The run the rule over the fashion golazos and the own goals...

Cristiano Ronaldo

FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2015 : News Photo

For someone who is so extravagant in every other aspects of his life, Ronaldo always tends to play it safe at award shows, and this year was no different. He looks smart enough, but even so it's hardly a perfectly tailored jacket. Disappointing.

Look: M&S Christmas advert meets Ken doll.

Rating: 7/10


FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2015 : News Photo

Now this is more like it. You can say what you like about the trajectory of Kaka's career, but the Brazilian's sartorial elegance has never waned. The midnight blue is on trend and the cut just sits so well on him. He clearly does belong to God.

Look: Old-school glamour meets Monaco playboy.

Rating: 9/10

Andrés Iniesta

FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2015 : News Photo

Lovely, pale, adorable Iniesta. He really makes an effort, but there's no denying that it's impossible for the bloodless Spaniard not to look like an overworked funeral director. Even in an expensive suit, it just seems like an especially fancy funeral.

Look: Amerigo Bonasera meets your body on a slab.

Rating: 7/10

Lionel Messi

FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2015 : News Photo

Beautifully-tailored, suave, debonair and dashing - in summary, incredibly disappointing. We expect Messi to look semi-comical in his ridiculous prints and weird maroons, not like James f*cking Bond. We demand a refund.

Look: Daniel Craig meets Cary Grant - booooooo!

Rating: 9/10


FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2015 : News Photo

On the very other end of the scale, you have Neymar - and what a relief! He has bravely taken on the mantle of adorable red-carpet buffoon from his Barca teammate and run with it. The hat, bowtie, whistle and flute - everything screams 'cartoon hoodlum'.

Look: Charlie Chaplin meets Peaky Blinder.

Rating: 8/10

Samuel Eto'o

FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2015 : News Photo

Wow. Eto'o has always been his own man and steadfastly danced to his own tune, and the tune here seems to be mid-80s Janet Jackson...but in a ridiculously good way. It's a phenomenally strong look, and he'd be the star of the show if it wasn't for...

Look: Raw-era Eddie Murphy meets Five Star

Rating: 10/10

Paul Pogba

FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2015 : News Photo

YES! Yes! Yes! Yes! This is everything you want in Ballon d'Or outfit and so much more. Pogba has changed the game with this quite magical get-up. If the blingtastic hair, suit and glasses weren't enough, he brings it all together with the most perfect accessory - his amazing mum!

Look: Michael Jackson meets Elvis Presley meets Grace Jones meets a solid bar of pure gold.

Rating: Bazillion/10