Messi defeated Ronaldo for the 6th time to win the “Golden Ball”

With this victory, the 32-year-old star of Argentina and the Barcelona club surpassed rival Ronaldo to set a record 6-time Ballon d’Or.

Superstar Lionel Messi overcame Virgil van Dijk and Cristiano Ronaldo to win the Ballon d’Or (Golden Ball) for men at the award ceremony in Paris (France) organized by France Football magazine on the night of December 2.

This is Messi’s first “Golden Ball” since 2015. Barcelona striker No. 10 has won the award after being voted by a board of 180 journalists from around the world. Messi finished first, followed by Liverpool defender Van Dijk, while Ronaldo came third. This is also the first time since 2010, Portuguese superstar Ronaldo is not in the top two. And like FIFA The Best, Ronaldo (who owns 5 “Golden Ball” awards) was once again absent from the “Golden Ball” award ceremony when he stayed in Italy to receive the award for the best player in Serie A last season.

After helping Liverpool win the Champions League, Dutch midfielder Van Dijk ranked second behind Messi as in the FIFA The Best election in September. Van Dijk was one of four Liverpool players in top 10, with Sadio Mane (4th), Mohamed Salah (5th) and goalkeeper Becker Alisson (7th).

In the past year, Messi has scored 46 goals, 17 assists after 54 matches until 2019, including 36 in 34 La Liga games last season to help Barcelona crowned. However, the 32-year-old superstar has experienced a failed Copa America 2019 with Argentina (won a bronze medal) and was even banned from playing for 3 months because of his insults against the South American Football Association. But in the Champions League, he was still the top scorer last season with 12 goals. And as if to prove his talent ahead of the time when he received the most prestigious award for individuals in football, Messi shone with a goal to help Barcelona beat host Atletico Madrid in La Liga last weekend.

In the women’s award, US striker Megan Rapinoe came in first when he received 48 votes from journalists. Rapinoe was the star of the women’s soccer World Cup in July and the “Golden Shoe” award for the player who scored the most with 6 goals. She scored the opening goal to help the American team beat the Netherlands 2-0 in the final.

Rapinoe was unable to attend the awards ceremony due to his competition with the US team. The 34-year-old striker previously drew attention to her outspoken criticism of US President Donald Trump during the tournament and issued a call for her team to appeal to get paid the same way male colleagues.