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12/2, 9:32 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Messi wins record 6th Ballon d'Or

Barcelona star Lionel Messi was named the winner of the 2019 Ballon d'Or, the annual award given to the world's best footballer by France Football.

This is the sixth time Messi won the prestigious award, making him the only player to do so. Before today, the Argentine had been tied with Cristiano Ronaldo with five wins each.​ Liverpool and the Netherlands defender Virgil van Dijk came in second, while Ronaldo was third.

The Kopa Trophy awarded to the best young player went to 20-year old Dutchman Matthijs de Ligt, while Liverpool's Alisson Becker received the first-ever Yashin Trophy for the best goalkeeper. Meanwhile, the 2019 Women's Ballon d'Or was awarded to United States midfielder Megan Rapinoe, who helped her national team win the Women's World Cup earlier in the year.

Breaking the News / NP