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Messi and Ronaldo rewrite record books

Updated: November 3, 2011, 8:58 PM ET
By Rob Train

The shortlist for the Ballon d'Or was released earlier this week, generating absolutely no surprise whatsoever. Twenty-three names may have been included on the initial sheet, but when these are whittled down to three next month, the only matter of minor interest will be who is going to come third.

Both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo led their teams to midweek Champions League triumphs and both, in doing so, smashed a couple more records each as they continue to rewrite the history ...

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