Ballon d’Or 2019 winner: How Lionel Messi beat Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk to top prize

Luke Brown
The Independent
Lionel Messi has won the 2019 Ballon d'Or: AFP
Lionel Messi has won the 2019 Ballon d'Or: AFP

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has won the Ballon d’Or award for the world’s best male footballer for a record sixth time after an outstanding 2018/19 season.

Even by Messi’s sensational standards, his campaign was a landmark one. The 32-year-old Argentine scored 36 goals in 34 La Liga matches as Barcelona defended their title, while he managed a further 12 goals in just 10 Champions League appearances.

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In total, Messi scored 56 goals in 60 appearances for club and country last season.

Messi beat his old foe Cristiano Ronaldo to the award – who won the Serie A title in his debut season with Juventus – as well as Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk, who earlier this season won the Uefa Men’s Player of the Year. Luka Modric picked up last year’s award although missed out on a place on the 30-man shortlist this time around.

Here, we take a look at exactly how Messi managed to secure his sixth Ballon d’Or – and first since 2015.

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