Messi wins record sixth men’s Ballon d’Or award

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Soccer Football – The Ballon d’Or awards – Theatre du Chatelet, Paris, France – December 2, 2019 Barcelona’s Lionel Messi with his family, the Bulgarian legend Hristo Stoichkov, Mikky Kiemeney with Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong, Antoine Griezmann and Marc-Andre ter Stegen REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

December 2, 2019

PARIS (Reuters) – Argentina’s Barcelona forward Lionel Messi claimed the men’s Ballon d’Or award for a record sixth time on Monday.

The 32-year-old, who lifted the coveted trophy in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015, beat Liverpool’s Champions League winner Virgil van Dijk in a vote of international journalists.

Messi won Spain’s Liga title with Barca this year and led Argentina to third place at the Copa America in July.

(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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