Messi claims file sixth Ballon d’Or, Rapinoe wins girls’s award


PARIS (Information) – Lionel Messi claimed a file sixth Ballon d’Or award on Monday, beating Liverpool’s main nominees and Cristiano Ronaldo to elevate soccer’s most prestigious particular person trophy.

Soccer Soccer – The Ballon d’Or awards – Theatre du Chatelet, Paris, France – December 2, 2019 Barcelona’s Lionel Messi together with his six Ballon d’Or trophies Information/Christian Hartmann

The Argentine, who received the Liga title with Barcelona however solely managed third place within the Copa America together with his nation, added to his 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015 trophies.

He completed above Dutchman Virgil van Dijk and Portugal’s third-placed Ronaldo, who has received the award 5 instances.

“I’m very fortunate, I’m blessed. I hope I’ll proceed for a very long time,” Messi instructed reporters. “I notice that I’m fortunate even when sooner or later it will likely be time to retire,” added the 32-year-old.

“It is going to be robust however I nonetheless have some years forward of me. Time flies so I’ll take pleasure in soccer and my household.”

Senegal’s Sadio Mane, who together with runner-up Van Dijk and fellow Liverpool nominees Alisson Becker of Brazil and Egypt’s Mohamed Salah, helped the Merseyside membership win the Champions League, got here fourth within the ballot of worldwide journalists.

“It was superb,” mentioned Van Dijk. “There are a few gamers like him (Messi) who’re unbelievable. I’m happy with what I’ve achieved with Liverpool and Holland. It’s going to be robust (to win the award) when these guys are round.”

Messi, whose stellar profession was rewarded with one other trophy, and Ronaldo, had between them 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 12 months 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 unhappy I can’t make it tonight. It’s completely unbelievable congrats to the opposite nominees. I can’t consider I’m the one successful on this area, it’s been an unbelievable 12 months,” Rapinoe mentioned in a recorded message.

“I need to thank my workforce mates and the U.S. federation.”

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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 the perfect Underneath-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 the perfect male goalkeeper of the 12 months.

There was, nevertheless, no trophy for the perfect feminine Underneath-21 participant or keeper.

Reporting by Julien Pretot; Modifying by Ken Ferris