Lionel Messi brought his entire haul of golden balls onto the pitch before Barcelona's Copa del Rey match against Malaga because what good is it having a record four Ballon d'Or awards if you can't show them off?
Since four of the heavy awards would be quite difficult to fit on a necklace for someone who is only 5'7", Messi's trophies were set up on a couple of pedestals just before kick-off. Messi -- wearing his special edition Ballon d'Or boots -- posed for pictures while everyone in attendance, including his teammates, watched and applauded. And just in case Cristiano Ronaldo's chants of "overrated" could be heard above the cheers, Messi continued his prolific scoring in the 29th minute of the match by embarrassing Malaga's defenders with an equalizer.
Here's video of the goal...
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