Ballon D’Or Award: Lionel Messi Emerges Winner

Argentine professional footballer, Lionel Messi has won a record sixth men’s Ballon d’Or award at a ceremony in Paris on Monday evening.

However, Messi was there with his wife, Antonella Roccuzzo, and two of their children.

Now aged 32, it is Messi’s first Ballon d’Or since 2015 and his sixth overall as he moves one ahead of old rival Cristiano Ronaldo.

“It is 10 years since I won my first Ballon d’Or here in Paris and I remember coming here with my three brothers, I was 22 and it was all unthinkable for me what I was going through,” Messi said on stage after receiving the award from last year’s winner Luka Modric.

“Now 10 years on this is my sixth, in a very different time, very special in my personal life with my wife and three children.”

– Van Dijk comes second –

The Barcelona number 10 took the prize — organised by France Football magazine and voted for by a panel of journalists from around the world — from Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk, with Ronaldo third.

It is the first time since 2010 that Ronaldo — who last won the Ballon d’Or in 2017 — has failed to rank in the top two.

Having starred in the Liverpool team that won the Champions League, Van Dijk finished second to Messi just as he did in the voting for FIFA’s equivalent prize, The Best, in September.

“Unfortunately there are a couple of players like him who are a bit unnatural. Six times Ballon d’Or — you need to respect greatness as well,” said Van Dijk.

AFP

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