Lionel Messi has won the 2019 Ballon d’Or, beating Virgil Van Dijk and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The prize, awarded by France Football at a ceremony in Paris on Monday evening, recognizes the player’s individual efforts, which included captaining Barcelona and Argentina to a fourth consecutive La Liga title and a 3rd place finish in the Copa America respectively.
Ten years and one day after winning his first Ballon D’Or at 22 years old, Lionel Messi has done it again.
The Argentine player beat Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk – close 2nd after a stellar season which included a Champions League win and a record-breaking Premier League campaign – and long-time awards rival Cristiano Ronaldo, who won the Scudetto in his first year at Juventus and took Portugal to a first-ever Nations League win.
At 32 years old, Messi is widely regarded as the best player in the world, but there was some doubt over his win as his individual efforts and talent at times surpassed his team achievements this year.
Barcelona was expected to win the treble, but a shocking defeat at Anfield and an equally astonishing loss against Valencia in the Copa del Rey final meant the Catalans ended up with just one title last season.
Similarly, Argentina was eliminated by Brazil in the semi-finals of the Copa America.
Still, there were no doubts over the Argentine’s status as the best footballer in the world, as football personalities including coaches and fellow players had been praising his individual performance and his talent over the years in recent days.
Check full list of Awardees at the 64th annual ceremony of the 2019 Ballon d’or!!!
Ballon d’ or– Lionel Messi
Ballon d’ or Feminin– Megan Rapinoe
Kopa Trophy–Mathijs de Ligt
Yashin Trophy–Alisson Becka