Lionel Messi claimed a record sixth men’s Ballon d’Or award on Monday, beating Liverpool’s four leading nominees to claim soccer’s most prestigious individual trophy.
The Argentine, who won the Liga title with Barcelona but only managed third place in the Copa America with his country, 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 won the award five times.
“Ten years ago I received my first Ballon d’Or, guided by my three brothers,” Messi told the audience. “
A video of US midfielder Megan Rapinoe is displayed after she won the Ballon d’Or France Football 2019 women's trophy at the Chatelet Theatre in Paris on December 2, 2019. (AFP)