Barcelona captain Lionel Messi was awarded the 2019 Ballon d’Or on Monday in Paris, picking up the prestigious Golden Ball trophy for a record sixth time:
The Argentina international beat Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk, Reds forward Sadio Mane and Cristiano Ronaldo to be crowned the world’s best player yet again.
Messi netted 54 goals for club and country in 2018-19, picking up his 10th La Liga title along the way and was also voted Best FIFA Men’s Player in September.
Messi’s win sees him out on his own when it comes to Ballon d’Or wins. He has one more than Ronaldo and three more than Johan Cruyff, Michel Platini and Marco van Basten:
BBC’s Match of the Day summarised his career statistics:
The Barcelona captain was presented with the award by 2018 winner and Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric:
Van Dijk finished second after helping Liverpool to win the 2018 UEFA Champions League and guiding the Netherlands to UEFA Euro 2020 as captain.
Ronaldo came in third following another successful year for the Portugal international. He joined Juventus from Real Madrid in summer 2018 and went on to win Serie A in his first season in Italy, while Liverpool’s Mane finished fourth after a prolific campaign for the Reds: