A YouTuber has used FIFA 20 to predict the winners of the Ballon d’Or for the next decade and a half — and received some interesting results from the experiment.
France Football’s coveted prize is awarded to the best player each year and Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have scooped the Ballon d’Or the most times at a record-tying five.
But YouTuber TheMasterBucks, who did the same experiment in FIFA 19 to predict the winners over the decade, has put FIFA 20’s career mode to the test to see who wins the award from 2019 until 2033.
2019: Lionel Messi
According to FIFA 20, Barcelona captain Messi will break the deadlock with his fierce rival and scoops a record-breaking sixth Ballon d’Or.
2020: Lionel Messi
The 32-year-old Argentine superstar has done it again as he picks up back-to-back Ballon d’Ors.
2021: Lionel Messi
The Argentina captain is pulling well ahead of Ronaldo as he collects his eighth Ballon d’Or.
2022: Kylian Mbappe
Enter a new challenger. Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe breaks Messi’s hold over the Ballon d’Or and wins the award at the age of 23.
That’s not to mention that his overall rating has climbed to a whopping 95 in FIFA 20.
2023: Kylian Mbappe
The tide has officially turned as Mbappe wins back-to-back Ballon d’Ors. Is the Messi-Ronaldo dominance on the Ballon d’Or over?
2024: Bernardo Silva
Manchester City star Bernardo Silva has stopped Mbappe in his tracks and won his first Ballon d’Or.
2025: Kylian Mbappe
French forward Mbappe is back and has now collected his third Ballon d’Or, putting him two behind Ronaldo.
2026: Leroy Sane
Manchester City winger Leroy Sane has taken home the award!
2027: Leroy Sane
Wow. Anyone see that coming?
2028: Ousmane Dembele
Well, things are getting very interesting without Ronaldo and Messi. Ousmane Dembele has turned it up a notch and has picked up his first Ballon d’Or.
2029: Vinicius Jr
It’s taken some time, but Real Madrid winger Vinicius Jr has bagged his first Ballon d’Or at the age of 29.
2030: Jonathan David
Time for some context: Jonathan David is currently 19 and plays for Gent in Belgium.
But he has managed to move to Liverpool in FIFA 20, secure an 87 overall rating and take home the Ballon d’Or award.
Not too shabby, eh?
2031: Kylian Mbappe
Six years have passed since he had his hands on the Ballon d’Or, but Mbappe is back and has picked up his fourth award.
2032: Kylian Mbappe
And Mbappe has done it as he moves level with Ronaldo on five Ballon d’Ors each!
2033: Vinicius Jr
Vinicius Jr isn’t done with the Ballon d’Or and picks up the second of his career at the age of 33.