Messi wins 6th Ballon d’Or, breaks tie with Ronaldo for most ever _ Barcelona st…


Messi wins 6th Ballon d’Or, breaks tie with Ronaldo for most ever
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Barcelona star Lionel Messi was awarded a record sixth Ballon d’Or distinction Monday in Paris.
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Messi’s victory marks his first Ballon d’Or nod since 2015 and moves him past Cristiano Ronaldo for the most all-time. It also puts Barcelona level with Real Madrid with seven total honors apiece for the Spanish giants.
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Liverpool’s dominant center-back Virgil van Dijk finished second in the voting, while Ronaldo nabbed third just ahead of Sadio Mane.
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Messi had a stellar calendar year, guiding Barcelona to a Spanish title while also winning a sixth European Golden Shoe and La Liga’s Player of the Year for the eighth time in 11 years.
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The 32-year-old Argentine finished a surprising fifth in last year’s voting as Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric ended Messi and Ronaldo’s 10-year reign of co-dominance over football’s most praised individual award.
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France Football has handed out the Ballon d’Or annually since 1956, recognizing the male player who had the best year in both club and international football as determined by a vote by football journalists.



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