As I've said, I didn't watch these games, because I started caring about football last summer, but I doubt you watched the Copa America ones, as well. As much as he didn't deserve to be considered inferior to Mbappe last season in the Bdo rankings, he didn't deserve to win the award in the World Cup 2014. How can a forward who couldn't win the Golden Boot be the best player? By scoring important goals? Messi scored all of his 4 goals in the group stage and none in the knock out stage! By scoring goals against big teams? Iran and Nigeria are not considered world-class! I have no idea how Bosnia got there! By scoring nice goals? That's debatable, but he only scored one long-range goal! By winning the tournament? He didn't. By assisting important goals? It turns out that the assist king only had one assist in the entire tournament. 20 players had more assists than him. It was Messi's best World Cup, but Muller and Rodriguez deserved the award more! Yes, they definitely reached it with him constritubuting little to nothing in 2015! He scored a penalty in the group stages and that's about it! His hatrick of assists was impressive in his team's 6-1 win in the semis, but he didn't even score in this game. Messi himself understood that he was dreadful in this competition and he refused the Golden Ball, that he would be wrongly given! Messi was exceptional in the 2016 tournament, but he failed to deliver in the final, missing the decisive penalty! MOTM are a bit overrated these days. How is Messi doing this, despite having so few touches? Impressive stat at first, till you realize Argentina only played a few meaningless qualifiers in 2017 and Messi only scored 4 goals that year! One of them was a penalty and he didn't score in any of the other games, expect against Ecuador. Let's not go though how Ronaldo was Juventus' only scorer in the greatest club competition, the Champions League knockout stage this season, despite being 34! What you said about EURO 16 has some truth in it, but that's why Ronaldo proved people like you wrong, by winning the UEFA Nations League!