Lionel Messi wins sixth Ballon d'Or award, beating Virgil van Dijk

Lionel Messi has won his sixth Ballon d'Or award, beating Virgil van Dijk to the football's most prestigious individual prize.

The 32-year-old Argentina and Barcelona superstar was crowned the 2019 Ballon d'Or winner at the ceremony held at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris on Monday.

Messi is now one more than Portuguese and Juventus star, Cristiano Ronaldo, who has won five Ballon d'Or awards and place third this year.
Messi won Spain’s Liga title with Barça this year and led Argentina to third place at the Copa America in July.

Megan Rapinoe won the women’s Ballon d’Or after leading the United States to a record-extending fourth World Cup title in France this year.
Brazil and Liverpool's Alisson Becker won the best goalkeeper's Yachine Award, and Holland and Barcelona's Matthijs de Ligt won the best young player's Kopa Award.

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