World-famous footballer Lionel Messi was named the best player in the world for a record sixth time when he took home the Ballon d’Or at an awards ceremony in Paris on Monday.
Lionel Messi has been received the award at a star-studded ceremony in Paris on Monday evening. Barcelona superstar, Lionel Messi wins the Ballon D’Or after a gap of 3 years. Messi pushed the arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo to the second place in the award toppers table. Cristiano Ronaldo did not attend the award ceremony.
While Cristiano Ronaldo won Ballo D’Or only five times, Messi won it for the sixth time. Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk was on the third position. Megan Rapinoe, star of USA’s World Cup winning side, won the women’s award.
Messi, 32, received his first Ballon D’Or in 2009, and over the past decade has gone on to become the most celebrated player in football and perhaps the greatest to play the game. “Ten years ago I received my first Ballon d’Or, guided by my three brothers,” he said. “Today, I receive my sixth, guided by my wife and children.
“As my wife says, it’s important to never stop dreaming and to always work to improve myself and continue to enjoy myself. I hope to continue to play for some time.
“I know I am very fortunate, even if, one day, I will have to retire. That will be difficult but I still have beautiful years in front of me.”
Van Dijk was one of three Liverpool players in the top 10, alongside Sadio Mané, who finished fourth, and Alisson, who came seventh.
The final prize of the evening, the Kopa Trophy for the best young player in the men’s game, went to the former Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt.
The Argentine has not showed any sign of slowing down since the start of the new European season, marking his 700th game for Barcelona last week with a goal and two assists in beating Borussia Dortmund 3-1. So far this year, Messi has 41 goals in 44 games.