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Lionel Messi wins record sixth Ballon d’Or as he edges out Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk

It was an evening of blended fortunes for Liverpool as defender Virgil van Dijk was pipped to the 2019 Ballon d’Or by record-six-time winner Lionel Messi, as Alisson Becker was topped the world’s greatest goalkeeper in Paris on Monday.

However after reworking Jurgen Klopp’s again line since his arrival at Anfield in December 2017, runner up Van Dijk should surprise what extra he has to do to clinch prime spot.

He mentioned: ‘It exhibits rather a lot about how my profession has been. My profession has been totally different from the winner right here, I got here late, however I by no means gave up on my goals. 

Lionel Messi acquired a file sixth Ballon d’Or award at a ceremony in Paris on Monday night time

The 32-year-old is standing alone within the all-time checklist with six, his first Ballon d’Or since 2015

Having been introduced as winner, Messi went on stage to pose with all six of his Ballon d’Ors

Messi (center) posed together with his spouse Antonella Roccuzzo (second from left), sons Thiago (backside row, center) and Mateo (backside row, second from left), Bulgarian icon Hristo Stoichkov (far left), Barcelona team-mate Frenkie de Jong (far proper) and his girlfriend Mikky Kiemeney

Messi’s win takes him one forward of Cristiano Ronaldo, who selected to not attend the night

‘I needed to work laborious each step of the way in which, so to be right here makes me very proud. And I wish to work laborious and be right here once more subsequent 12 months.’

The variety of votes every participant acquired won’t be made public till Wednesday, based on France Soccer, and so it as but stays unclear how shut Van Dijk was to Messi within the standings.  

Brazilian Becker, who was instrumental in Liverpool’s UEFA Champions League marketing campaign, picked up the Yashin Trophy on the glittering ceremony staged this 12 months on the Theatre du Chatelet – seeing off Premier League competitors from Kepa Arrizabalaga, Ederson and Hugo Lloris.

The distinguished annual awards introduced by France Soccer – that has been dominated by Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for a lot of the final decade – the latter coincidentally snubbing the ceremony with the golden gong Barcelona sure once more for the primary time since 2015. 

Messi triumphed in La Liga – the 10th time he has conquered the league with Barcelona

Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk arrived in a tuxedo alongside his spouse Rike Nooitgedagt (left) 

Messi (proper) was introduced with a director’s chair that had his identify on the again in gold

Messi, 32, took dwelling the golden gong in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015, and has featured among the many prime three finalists extra instances (11) than another participant. And regardless of an harm hit 2018-19 marketing campaign, he has netted 9 instances in seven video games all through October and November. 

Stories within the Spanish press claimed the Argentina worldwide had been tipped off about his win forward of the glittering ceremony within the French capital, therefore arriving on Barcelona’s personal jet to gather the accolade, together with his spouse Antonella Roccuzzo and two kids excitedly watching on.

Talking within the midst of a world media circus and tightly clutching his award, Messi mentioned: ‘I’m very grateful to the individuals of Barcelona and all the love they present to me. It is a special occasion and this award means a lot and I’m very completely happy.

‘The reality is that the routine would not permit me a lot time to cease and assume and revel in all that now we have achieved. I’ll get pleasure from it as we speak and revel in time with my household, then begin serious about what’s coming subsequent, as I all the time do.

‘I’ll take into consideration all I’ve achieved as quickly as I’ve time. However in the meanwhile the whole lot goes so quick that I can solely take into consideration the subsequent recreation.’

He later added: ‘As we noticed within the video it was ten years in the past after I acquired my first Balon d’Or in Paris. I keep in mind that I got here with my three siblings. I used to be 22-years-old. It was unthinkable what I used to be experiencing. 

‘Now ten years later I am receiving the sixth one in a completely totally different, very particular, second in my life with my spouse and my three sons who am I fortunate sufficient to have right here with me tonight together with my brother and one of many many nephews that I’ve and as my spouse mentioned within the message in all this time I’ve by no means stopped dreaming and wanting to continue to grow and maintain getting higher day after day and above all maintain having fun with soccer.  

2018 winner Luka Modric attended however he didn’t win a spot on this 12 months’s prime 30 gamers

Ronaldo’s team-mate Matthijs de Ligt gained the Kopa Trophy for Greatest Underneath-21 Participant in 2019

Megan Rapinoe gained the ladies’s Ballon d’Or, though she was not current for the ceremony

‘I’m acutely aware of my age and I get pleasure from these moments way more as a result of the second of my retirement will get nearer and it is tough however I repeat that I feel I’ve bought a couple of years left. However proper now evidently time flies, the whole lot goes in a short time. However I simply wish to maintain having fun with my soccer and my household, the rivals and my life.’

Path blazer Megan Rapinoe accomplished a clear sweep of particular person accolades after changing into solely the second feminine participant within the competitors’s 64 12 months historical past to see her identify etched on the Ballon d’Or trophy.  

England proper again Lucy Bronze, a part of a six-player sturdy Lyon contingent on the shortlist, adopted carefully in second place. 

US co-captain Rapinoe nonetheless, was nowhere to be seen as a substitute sending a pre-recorded acceptance speech telling followers she was ‘so unhappy and sorry I can not make it’ earlier than thanking team-mates, coaches and the federation for his or her ‘help’ – regardless of the USWNT’s ongoing equal-pay battle.

The striker led her homeland to a file fourth World Cup trophy this summer season, choosing up the Golden Boot because the top-scorer and scooping the Golden Ball for the match greatest participant. 

The 34-year-old striker added the FIFA’s Greatest Girls’s Participant award to her assortment in September in what has been a outstanding 12 months for the self-confessed ‘strolling protest’.  The win will solely improve Rapinoe’s warrior-like repute, having already been vocal about equality, politics and President Donald Trump. 

Juventus and Netherlands defender, Matthijs de Ligt, 20, succeeded Paris Saint-Germain starlet Kylian Mbappe because the winner of the 2019 Kopa Trophy.

BALLON D’OR 2019 RANKINGS

1 = Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

2 = Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)

three = Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus)

four = Sadio Mane (Liverpool) 

5 = Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

6 = Kylian Mbappe (PSG)

7 = Alisson (Liverpool)

eight = Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)

9 = Bernardo Silva (Manchester Metropolis)

10 = Riyad Mahrez (Manchester Metropolis)

11 = Frenkie De Jong (Barcelona)

12 = Raheem Sterling (Manchester Metropolis)

13 = Eden Hazard (Actual Madrid)

14 = Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester Metropolis)

15 = Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus)

16 = Sergio Aguero (Manchester Metropolis)

17 = Roberto Firmino (Liverpool)

18 = Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona)

19 = Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)

20 = Dusan Tadic (Ajax)

20 = Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)

22 = Son Heung-min (Tottenham)

23 = Hugo Lloris (Tottenham)

24 = Marc Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona)

24 = Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli)

26 = Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool)

26 = Karim Benzema (Actual Madrid)

28 = Donny van der Beek (Ajax)

28 = Marquinhos (PSG)

28 = Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid)

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