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Ballon d'Or 2019: Barcelona's Lionel Messi Wins Record Breaking 6th Golden Ball Award

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Lionel Messi has won the Ballon d’Or 2019 for a record sixth time at a ceremony in Paris.

The Barcelona and Argentina star scooped the prize ahead of Virgil van Dijk, Cristiano Ronaldo and Sadio Mane, who finished in fourth place

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Messi edges ahead of five-time winner Ronaldo following victories in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015 . “Ten years ago I received my first Ballon d’Or, guided by my three brothers,” Messi told the audience. “Today I receive my sixth, guided by my wife and children.”

Liverpool’s Dutch defender Van Dijk, who was voted into second place, hailed Messi and Ronaldo. “It was an amazing year, but there’s a couple of players like that who are a bit unnatural,” he said. “So you need to respect greatness as well. I was close, but there was just someone a little bit better.  I’m very proud of what I achieved last year with Liverpool and Holland, and hopefully we can do that again this year. But that will be tough with those guys around here still.”

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah finished fifth, followed by PSG’s Kylian Mbappe, while Salah’s team-mate Alisson Becker was in seventh. However, the Brazilian did pick up an award, beating Manchester City rival Ederson to the Yachine Trophy for the best keeper. City duo Bernardo Silva and Riyad Mahrez finished in ninth and 10th place respectively, hot on the heels of Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski.

The full 2019 Ballon d’Or rankings

28= Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid)

28= Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain)

28= Donny van de Beek (Ajax)

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26= Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)

26= Georginio Wijnaldum ( Liverpool )

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24= Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli)

24= Marc-Andre Ter Stegen ( Barcelona )

23= Hugo Lloris (Tottenham)

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22= Son Heung-min (Tottenham)

20= Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)

20= Dusan Tadic (Ajax)

19= Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)

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18= Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona)

17= Roberto Firmino (Liverpool

16= Sergio Aguero ( Manchester City )

15= Matthijs de Ligt ( Juventus )

14= Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)

13= Eden Hazard (Real Madrid)

12= Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)

11= Frenkie De Jong (Barcelona)

10= Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City)

9= Bernardo Silva (Manchester City)

8= Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)

7= Alisson Becker (Liverpool)

6= Kylian Mbappe (PSG)

5= Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

4= Sadio Mane (Liverpool)

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3= Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus)

2= Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)

1= Lionel Messi (Barcelona)