Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi claimed a record 6th Ballon d’Or in Paris on Monday night ahead of Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk and Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo.
Barcelona Lionel Messi turns into the main player in footballing history to win the Ballon d’Or six(6) times (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2019).
The Argentine moved one clear of Ronaldo after the pair had been locked on five awards each as he reclaimed the title he last won in 2015, with the Portuguese claiming the two resulting gongs and Luka Modric shockingly getting the accolade a year ago to end the 10-year dominance of the two footballing icons.
The current year’s victory finished amazingly fifth in last term’s rankings and has returned intensely this time around, producing a regularly outstanding year before a goal for Barca, hitting 40 strikes this calendar year and enlisting a further 17 assists for boot.
The forward did so in only 3516 minutes on the field, putting his club count at marginally superior to a goal or assists every 61.7 minutes. He additionally claimed a tenth La Liga trophy and a Supercopa de Espana but was denied in the last of the Copa del Rey and was on a wrong end of a 4-0 battering at Anfield that saw Liverpool, in the end, proceed to claim the Champions League title.
Messi did complete as the top scorer in both the Champions League and La Liga and has already picked up another individual prize as FIFA’s ‘The Best’ Men’s award. France Football has revealed the final rankings of the 10 finalists for Ballon d’Or 2019, with Lionel Messi the 6-time victory.
Here’s the top 10
Top 10th – Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City)
Top 9th – Bernardo Silva (Manchester City)
Top 8th – Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
Top 7th – Alisson (Liverpool)
Top 6th – Kylian Mbappé (PSG)
Top 5th – Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
Top 4th – Sadio Mané (Liverpool)
Top 3rd – Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus)
Top 2nd – Virgil Van Dijk (Liverpool)
Top 1st – Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
The top 11th to 30th
30th – João Felix (Benfica)
29th – Marquinhos (PSG)
28th – Donny van der Beek (Ajax)
27th – Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)
26th – Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool)
25th – Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli)
24th – Marc André Ter Stegen (FC Barcelona)
23rd – Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur)
22nd – Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur)
21st – Pierre Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)
20th – Dusan Tadic (Ajax)
19th – Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)
18th – Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona)
17th – Roberto Firmino (Liverpool)
16th – Sergio Agüero (Manchester City)
15th – Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus)
14th – Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
13th – Eden Hazard (Real Madrid)
12th – Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)
11th – Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona)