Lionel Messi has received a record sixth Ballon d’Or crown at a ceremony in Paris.
The Barcelona star moved forward of nice rival Cristiano Ronaldo to take outright possession of the record, seeing off Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk and Juventus’ Ronaldo.
The Argentinian struck 54 targets for membership and nation within the 2018-19 season.
The 32-year-previous held off the problem of Holland centre-again Van Dijk, whose performances helped Liverpool to the Champions League title.
Messi added one other Ballon d’Or to the Greatest FIFA Males’s award he acquired in September, whereas Van Dijk received UEFA’s Males’s Participant of the Yr.
Van Dijk may have been the primary defender to carry the Ballon d’Or since Italy’s Fabio Cannavaro in 2006, however Messi meant he needed to settle for second place.
Van Dijk nonetheless completed forward of five-time winner Ronaldo, together with his Liverpool crew-mate Sadio Mane fourth.
“It was an amazing year, but there’s a couple of players like that who are a bit unnatural,” mentioned Van Dijk, of Messi and Ronaldo.
“So you could respect greatness as nicely.
“I used to be shut, however there was simply somebody a bit bit higher.
“I’m very proud of what I achieved last year with Liverpool and Holland, and hopefully we can do that again this year. But that will be tough with those guys around here still.”
Van Dijk admitted he had by no means anticipated to be within the working for the distinguished title.
“I never thought that I would be up for a Ballon d’Or until I was actually nominated,” mentioned Van Dijk.
“It reveals so much about how my profession has been. My profession has been completely different from the winner right here, I got here late, however I by no means gave up on my goals.
“I had to work hard every step of the way, so to be here makes me very proud. And I want to work hard and be here again next year.”
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