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Sport Ballon d'Or 2019: Barcelona's Lionel Messi Wins Record Breaking 6th Golden Ball Award

23:40  02 december  2019
23:40  02 december  2019 Source:   90min.com

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Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has won the Ballon d ' Or for a record breaking sixth time after an astonishing 2019 for the GOAT. The Argentine has been in phenomenal form since returning from injury in September, scoring 11 times and grabbing eight assists for La Blaugrana. He was equally influential

Lionel Messi has set a new record by becoming the first player in history to win six Ballon d ' Or trophies. The Barcelona forward edged out Liverpool Virgil van Dijk and his wife Rike Nooitgedagt at the Ballon d ’ Or award ceremony (AFP via Getty Images). ‘To the journalists and my colleagues with

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​Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has won the Ballon d'Or for a record breaking sixth time after an astonishing 2019 for the GOAT. 

The Argentine has been in phenomenal form since returning from injury in September, scoring 11 times and grabbing eight assists for La Blaugrana. He was equally influential for Ernesto Valverde's men last term, with Messi's 73 goal-involvements during 2018/19 helping Barça to a fourth La Liga title in five years.

Donovan Dijak holding a yellow ball: Club Atletico de Madrid v FC Barcelona - La Liga © Denis Doyle/GettyImages Club Atletico de Madrid v FC Barcelona - La Liga

Though Virgil van Dijk has been a colossal figure in ​Liverpool's backline, both he and Cristiano Ronaldo were overlooked by voters, the pair finishing second and third in the standings respectively.

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FC Barcelona . Leo Messi claims another Ballon d ’ Or . The Argentine star was presented with the award 2019 this Monday by the French magazine France Football Messi won his first Ballon d ’ Or 10 years ago in 2009 and since then he has gone on to take the award in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015

Messi wins his 6 th Ballon d ’ Or . His numbers this year are once again truly extraordinary. He’s head and shoulders the best player in world football. The Liverpool centre-half is heading to the Paris presentation gala amid reports Barcelona ’ s Messi has already been informed that he has won the

Fellow Reds stars Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah placed fourth and fifth, whilse the side's goalkeeper Alisson came in seventh, having won the Yachine Trophy earlier in the evening.

Messi and Ronaldo were the only two players to win the Ballon d'Or between 2008 and 2017, but Luka Modric's immaculate displays for ​Real Madrid and Croatia saw him clinch the award last year.

There have been several unforgettable moments for the South American this calendar year, including scoring his 600th goal for Barcelona with a mesmerising free-kick in the first leg of the club's ​Champions League semi final meeting with Liverpool.

His glorious chipped goal versus Real Betis in March saw Messi named as runner-up in the FIFA Puskas Award, though no one was able to stop him winning the Best Male Player prize at the ceremony in Milan.

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Messi: Barcelona must 'start from scratch' after previous Champions League pain .
The Argentine ace wants Barcelona to learn their lesson from tough exits in last two seasons after qualifying from tricky groupBarca were eliminated on away goals in April 2018 after squandering a 4-1 aggregate lead over Roma, losing 3-0 in the second leg of their quarter-final tie at the Stadio Olimpico.

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