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Messi tops Ronaldo, wins sixth Ballon d’Or award

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Lionel Messi has grow to be the primary males’s footballer to win the Ballon d’Or award for a sixth time within the Paris gala on Monday.

The Argentina ahead scored 46 occasions for membership and nation in 2019 — together with the one objective in Barcelona’s 1-Zero win over Atletico Madrid on Sunday. He additionally helped the Camp Nou facet win La Liga.

The 31-year-old beat out Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk, who was instrumental in serving to Liverpool win the Champions League, for the award voted on by a panel of worldwide journalists.

“I’m very fortunate, I’m blessed. I hope I’ll proceed for a very long time,” Messi advised reporters. “I notice that I am fortunate even when sooner or later it is going to be time to retire.

“It will likely be powerful, however I nonetheless have some years forward of me. Time flies, so I’ll get pleasure from soccer and my household.”

Messi additionally got here out on high in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015 and he’s now one away from Cristiano Ronaldo, who has 5.

United States star Megan Rapinoe received the Ladies’s Ballon d’Or award after being voted the match’s greatest participant and joint high scorer because the USWNT received the 2019 World Cup in France.

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson was the first-ever recipient of the Yachine Trophy, given to one of the best goalkeeper. The Brazil worldwide beat out Marc-Andre ter Stegen of Barcelona and countryman Ederson of Manchester Metropolis.

Dutchman Matthijs de Ligt, a key participant in Ajax Amsterdam’s thrilling run to the Champions League semifinals and now at Juventus, received the Kopa Trophy for one of the best under-21 male participant on this planet.

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