The Argentine defeated Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk into second and moves clear of Cristiano Ronaldo to become the 1st player to win Ballon dor six times. He struck 54 goals for club and country in the 2018-19 season.
He won the title in;
The Ballon dor top ten rankings are…..
1st – Lionel Messi
2nd – Virgil van Dijk
3rd – Cristiano Ronaldo
4th – Sadio Mane
5th – Mo Salah
6th – Kylian Mbappe
7th – Alisson
8th – Robert Lewandowski
9th – Bernando Silva
10th – Riyad Mahrez
Lionel Messi said;
“Ten Years ago I received my first Ballon dor here in Paris, I came with my 3 brothers. Today I receive the 6th at a very special moment in my personal life. I never stopped dreaming, to continue to grow and improve. I hope I have more years to enjoy, although I am aware of how old I am, everything happens very quickly and I know that the moment of withdrawal (retirement) is approaching.”
Van Dijk had this to say;
“I had a great season, but sometimes you come up against players like him [Messi], who are a bit unnatural. Six Ballon d’Ors, gotta respect greatness. I was close, but I lost out to someone better.”
“10 years ago after Chelsea vs Barça, a child came to me to take a picture, I said no bcos of the disgraceful refereeing. I learned that the child was Kylian Mbappé. I want to pay my debt now.”
Meanwhile, American star, Megan Rapinoe won the 2019 Women’s Ballon d’Or, with England’s Lucy Bronze the runner-up…. Bronze, 28, the Uefa Women’s Player of the Year, played a key part in England’s run to the semi-finals.
Rapinoe’s compatriot Alex Morgan came third in the Ballon d’Or.
Well, Hitvibz gathered all the glamour at 2019 Ballon d’Or red carpet….