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Lionel Messi wins Ballon D'Or for record-breaking 6th time

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Pin Lionel Messi wins the Ballon D'Or for a record-breaking 6th time. EFE
Lionel Messi wins the Ballon D'Or for a record-breaking 6th time. EFE

Lionel Messi wins Ballon D'Or for record-breaking 6th time

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Lionel Messi has won the 2019 Ballon d'Or, beating Virgil Van Dijk and Cristiano Ronaldo. The prize, awarded by France Football at a ceremony in Paris this Monday evening, recognizes the player's individual efforts, which included captaining Barcelona and Argentina to a fourth consecutive LaLiga title and a 3rd place finish in the Copa America respectively.

Ten years and one day after winning his first Ballon D'Or at 22 years old, Lionel Messi has done it again. 

The Argentine player beat Liverpool's Virgil Van Dijk - close 2nd after a stellar season which included a Champions League win and a record-breaking Premier League campaign - and long-time awards rival Cristiano Ronaldo, who won the Scudetto in his first year at Juventus and took Portugal to a first-ever Nations League win. 

At 32 years old, Messi is widely regarded as the best player in the world, but there was some doubt over his win as his individual efforts and talent at times surpassed his team achievements this year. 

Barcelona was expected to win the treble, but a shocking defeat at Anfield and an equally astonishing loss against Valencia in the Copa del Rey final meant the Catalans ended up with just one title last season. Similarly, Argentina was one to watch for in the Copa America but was eliminated by Brazil in the semi-finals, with the regional rivals eventually winning the title. 

Still, there were no doubts over the Argentine's status as the best footballer in the world, as football personalities including coaches and fellow players had been praising his individual performance and overpowering talent over the years in recent days. His first win was considered groundbreaking because of his young age, but his 6th award ten years later and his recently gained leadership skill as captain show his consistency over the years. And it looks like he's not slowing down any time soon despite his age. 

With this award, Lionel Messi breaks his and Cristiano Ronaldo's record for most Ballon D'Or wins, as the two players were tied at 5, and once again confirms his passage through football history as a living legend. 

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