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Messi Wins Ballon d’Or For Record Sixth Time

Messi Wins Ballon d'Or For Record Sixth Time

Messi Wins Ballon d’Or For Record Sixth Time

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has won his sixth Ballon d’Or.

The 32-year-old beat Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk and Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo to the award and picked up the trophy in a ceremony in Paris on Monday night.

Messi becomes the first player to win the award on six occasions, having been tied with Ronaldo on five.

The Argentine and the Portuguese dominated the Ballon d’Or for a decade between 2008 and 2017, winning five apiece in that time.

Their duopoly was broken last year as Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric claimed the prestigious prize, but the Barca forward has now collected a record sixth Golden Ball.

Messi won four Ballons d’Or between 2009 and 2012 after starring in the great Barcelona team under Pep Guardiola and claimed the prize again in 2015 after leading the Catalan club to a treble of La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League crowns with Luis Enrique in charge.

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