Lionel Messi wins sixth Ballon d’Or, one more than Cristiano Ronaldo

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi clinched his sixth Ballon d’Or award on Monday after yet another scintillating season for the Argentine.

The 32-year-old saw off competition from the likes of Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk to win the prestigious accolade, which is voted for by journalists.

Messi won the award for the first time in 2009 but had not won it since 2015.

The Barcelona forward now has one more title than arch rival Ronaldo.”Today is my sixth Ballon d’Or. It’s a completely different moment, lived with my family and my children,” said Messi at the award ceremony in Paris.”As my wife said, you must never stop dreaming but always work to improve and continue to enjoy. I am very lucky, I am blessed.”

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