Argentina’s Barcelona forward Lionel Messi claimed the men’s Ballon d’Or award for a record sixth time on Monday.

The 32-year-old, who lifted the coveted trophy in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015, beat Liverpool’s Champions League winner Virgil van Dijk in a vote of international journalists.

After a remarkable 2019 that already saw him win FIFA’s ‘The Best’ award, the Argentine has become the first player to win France Football’s annual prize for the sixth time.

Messi was presented with the accolade during a ceremony at the Theatre du Chatelet, Paris, adding it to the trophies he won in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015.

10 years after winning his first and a day after scoring a magnificent winner against Atletico Madrid to go top of La Liga, Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi won his sixth Ballon d’Or at Theatre du Chatelet in Paris on Monday. As a result, he now surpasses Cristiano Ronaldo to become all-time winner of the coveted award.

Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk, who won the Champions League last season, which included a remarkable comeback against Barcelona, came second.

From a team perspective, it was a rollercoaster 2018/2019 for Messi as the Argentine failed to win the Champions League and Copa American, but he did win the league and was top scorer both in Spain and Europe – his sixth Golden Shoe with 36 goals. In total, La Pulga tallied 51 goals in 50 matches in all competitions last season. He also passed the 600 goal mark with Barça.

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