Lionel Messi is 2009’s European Footballer of the Year, by virtue of being much, much better at football than anyone else. He scored 473 points out of a possible 480 – the biggest victory in the history of the Ballon d’Or.

Cristiano Ronaldo came second, Xavi third, Wayne Rooney 8th and Steven Gerrard 10th. To celebrate, here are ten minutes of Messi’s sickeningly quick feet, eye for goal and fondness for humiliating lesser, not-so-unbelievably good professionals.