Melbourne – Lionel Messi has won the Ballon d’Or for an historic seventh time at a ceremony in the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, France.
Robert Lewandowski, the Bayern Munich and Poland striker, was considered a strong chance of stopping Messi the prestigious and coveted award after fantastic record of 41 goals in just 29 games last season, while Messi had only 30 league goals in his final season at former club – Barcelona.
Messi helped Barcelona to secure the glory of Copa del Rey in April and doubled collecting his win for the first time international trophy with his country – Argentina at the 2021 Copa America.
A record-extending seventh award of Ballon d’Or means Messi is immensely thrashing his fierce rival Crostino Ronaldo who currently stands with the five Ballo d’Or prizes.
Messi and Ronaldo have now combined to win 12 of the past 13 Ballon d’Or award, yet Ronaldo missed out this time around.
The award results are:
- Team of the Year – Chelsea
- Striker of the year – Robert Lewandowski
- Yashin Trophy (best goalkeeper) – Gianluigi Donnnarumma
- Kopa Trophy (best player under the age of 21) – Pedri
- Ballon d’Or Fe’minin (best female player) – Alexia Putellas
- Ballon d’Or (best male player) – Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi’s move to Paris Saint-Germain after 21 years at Barcelona in August had shocked the football world.