Messi wins record sixth Ballon d’Or

Messi wins record sixth Ballon d’Or

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has won his sixth Ballon d’Or.

The 32-year-old beat Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk and Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo to the award; and picked up the trophy in a ceremony in Paris on Monday, December 2.

Messi becomes the first player to win the award on six occasions; having been tied with Ronaldo on five.

The Argentine and the Portuguese dominated the Ballon d’Or for a decade between 2008 and 2017; winning five apiece in that time.

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Their duopoly was broken last year as Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric claimed the prestigious prize; but the Barca forward has now collected a record sixth Golden Ball.

Messi won four Ballons d’Or between 2009 and 2012; after starring in the great Barcelona team under Pep Guardiola.

He claimed the prize again in 2015 after leading the Catalan club to a treble of La Liga; Copa del Rey and Champions League crowns with Luis Enrique in charge.

He was the favourite to win the Ballon d’Or this year; having beaten Van Dijk to FIFA’s The Best trophy in September.

The Argentine attacker hit 51 goals in 50 appearances in 2018-19 as Barcelona won La Liga; but lost out to Liverpool in the Champions League semi-finals.

Ernesto Valverde’s side also lost the Copa del Rey final to Valencia; having been just three games from a treble.

Messi’s Argentina team were also beaten by eventual champions Brazil in the semi-finals of the Copa America in July.

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