Lionel Messi claimed a file sixth males’s Ballon d’Or award on December 2, beating Liverpool’s 4 main nominees to say soccer’s most prestigious particular person trophy.
The Argentine, who received the Liga title with Barcelona however solely managed third place within the Copa America along with his nation, added to his 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015 trophies.
He beat Virgil van Dijk, the runner-up, and third-placed Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal, who has received the award 5 instances.
“Ten years ago I received my first Ballon dOr, guided by my three brothers,” Messi informed the viewers. “Today I receive my sixth, guided by my wife and children.”
Senegal’s Sadio Mane, who with Van Dijk and fellow nominees Alisson Becker of Brazil and Egypt’s Mohamed Salah, helped Liverpool win the Champions League, was fourth within the ballot of worldwide journalists.
“It was amazing,” mentioned Van Dijk. “There are a couple of players like him (Messi) who are fantastic. I’m proud of what I’ve achieved with Liverpool and Holland. It’s going to be tough (to win the award) when these guys are around.”
Messi, whose sterling profession was as soon as once more rewarded, and Ronaldo, between them had received 10 consecutive Ballon d’Or awards till Croatia’s Luka Modric prevailed in 2018.
Megan Rapinoe earlier received the ladies’s Ballon d’Or after main the USA to a record-extending fourth World Cup title in France this yr as they retained the trophy.
The 34-year-old midfielder, the standout participant on the June-July event, succeeded Norway’s Ada Hegerberg who didn’t participate within the World Cup.
Rapinoe was not current on the ceremony within the Theatre du Chatelet, the place the present ‘An American In Paris’ is on.
“I’m so sad I can’t make it tonight. It’s absolutely incredible congrats to the other nominees. I can’t believe I’m the one winning in this field, it’s been an incredible year,” Rapinoe mentioned in a recorded message.
“I want to thank my team mates and the U.S. federation.”
Dutchman Matthijs de Ligt, a key participant in Ajax Amsterdam’s thrilling run to the Champions League semi-finals and now at Juventus, received the Kopa trophy for one of the best Below-21 male participant.
Alisson, one of many 4 Liverpool gamers within the prime seven for the boys’s Ballon d’Or, was awarded the brand new Yashin trophy for one of the best male goalkeeper of the yr.
There was, nonetheless, no trophy for one of the best feminine Below-21 participant or keeper.