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

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PARIS (Information) – Lionel Messi claimed a file sixth males’s Ballon d’Or award on Monday, beating Liverpool’s 4 main nominees to say 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 gained 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 beat Virgil van Dijk, the runner-up, and third-placed Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal, who has gained the award 5 instances.

“Ten years in the past I obtained my first Ballon d’Or, guided by my three brothers,” Messi informed the viewers. “At the moment I obtain my sixth, guided by my spouse and kids.”

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

Messi, whose sterling profession was as soon as once more rewarded, and Ronaldo, between them had gained 10 consecutive Ballon d’Or awards till Croatia’s Luka Modric prevailed in 2018.

INCREDIBLE YEAR

Megan Rapinoe earlier gained the ladies’s Ballon d’Or after main the US 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 match, 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 imagine I’m the one successful on this area, it’s been an unbelievable 12 months,” Rapinoe stated in a recorded message.

“I wish to thank my staff 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, gained the Kopa trophy for one of the best Beneath-21 male participant.

Alisson, one of many 4 Liverpool gamers within the high seven for the boys’s Ballon d’Or, was awarded the brand new Yashin trophy for one of the best male goalkeeper of the 12 months.

There was, nonetheless, no trophy for one of the best feminine Beneath-21 participant or keeper.

Reporting by Julien Pretot; Modifying by Ken Ferris