The Argentine legend, who had an exceptional career in Europe lasted for 18 years, dominating the Spanish league for 16 years, playing for FC Barcelona and two years in Paris, playing for PSG.
Messi drew the first and only blood of the match in the 86th minute and sealed the fate in favour of the guests.
Notably, Valverde is not the solitary Barcelona official to go on record, saying nice things about the superstar player.
The footballer with most points after an elaborate voting procedure by jury members from around the globe will lift the 2019 Ballon d’Or trophy.
Post the win, Virgil was quizzed by Gary Lineker if he was hoping to lift the 2019 Ballon d’Or by beating Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo this year.
There are 30 nominees in total for the prize, organised by France Football magazine and voted for by 180 journalists from around the world.