The win helped Barcelona to the top of the Spanish La Liga standings with 31 points after 14 games played this season.
As the football season reaches the halfway stage, it's time for us to switch our attention to the Ballon d'Or, the 64th edition of which takes place in Paris on Monday.
That ended a decade in which Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo had won the Ballon d'Or five times each, but the smart money now is on the Barcelona man claiming number six. This time we only saw Karim Benzema shortlisted in the 26th position, clearly the best Real Madrid player during the last months.
The LaLiga pairing are followed by the cream of the crop from Serie A, with Juventus and AC Milan both boasting eight Ballon d'Or winners to their respective names, while Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich round out the top five with five titles. Leo Messi, this year has been miles ahead of any other player in the world and it would be confirmed once he wins his sixth Ballon d'Or on Monday.
Messi again beat Ronaldo to the accolade while Barcelona teammate Iniesta finished third.
The year did not yield many trophies for Lionel Messi as he only won the La Liga title but one can not overlook the fact that the Argentine had a spectacular season on an individual basis.
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However Rapinoe, the 34-year-old feminist icon and outspoken critic of US President Donald Trump, should add this honour to those of Golden Boot victor for top scorer and Golden Ball for best player at the World Cup. So far this year, Messi has 41 goals in 44 games.
Fans and football enthusiasts can tune in to watch the entire awards ceremony LIVE on Star Sports Select 1 /HD at 1 a.m. IST on December 3.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the two greatest rivals in football and their rivalry has been for more than 10 years.
But even at 32, Messi is continuing to show brilliance week in, week out - which makes him a fitting victor of the award for a record sixth time.
Chiellini added: "Real didn't want to win because he was no longer one of his players".
And all the signs are that he's not done yet...