Lionel Messi won the sixth Ballon d’Or on Monday evening, an annual award given to the world’s best footballer. It was his first Ballon d’Or since 2015 when he won his fifth title. In 2018–2019, Messi scored 54 times for FC Barcelona and Argentina.
Virgil Van Dijk stood second after Lionel Messi. Dijk was one of the four Liverpool players in the top seven. Juventus and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo, has won the award five times and was the third in the voting.
Players from Spain’s La Liga have won the Ballon d’Or for the past 11 years. Last year’s winner Luka Modric broke the 10-year Messi-Ronaldo monopoly.
Following is the full list of players with their respective clubs and rankings-
- Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
- Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)
- Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus)
- Sadio Mane (Liverpool)
- Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
- Kylian Mbappe (PSG)
- Alisson Becker (Liverpool)
- Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
- Bernardo Silva (Manchester City)
- Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City)
- Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona)
- Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)
- Eden Hazard (Real Madrid)
- Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
- Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus)
- Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)
- Roberto Firmino (Liverpool)
- Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona)
- Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)
=20. Dusan Tadic (Ajax)
- Heung-Min Son (Tottenham)
- Hugo Lloris (Tottenham)
- Marc-Andre Ter Stegen (Barcelona)
=24. Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli)
- Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)
=26. Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool)
- Donny van de Beek (Ajax)
=28. Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid)
=28 Marquinhos (PSG)
Lionel Messi has set a new record by becoming the first player in history to win six Ballon d’Or trophies.
Words from the “Goat”
Messi said it was his sixth Ballon d’Or and it’s a completely different moment he lived with his family.
He quoted his wife “You must never stop dreaming but always work to improve and continue to enjoy” and said that he is blessed to have her. He continued, “I hope to continue for a long time. I realize that I am very lucky, even if, one day, retirement will ring. It will be difficult”.
The Argentine forward recently notched up 700 appearances for Barca, during which he scored a phenomenal 614 goals and winning 34 trophies, including 10 La Liga and four Champions League titles and a host of other records and awards.
Lionel Messi has become the First Player to Win
6 Ballon d’Or Trophies
6 Fifa Best Player Awards
6 European Golden Boots
6 Pichichi Awards