Lionel Messi wins his sixth Ballon D’Or award at a ceremony in Paris on Monday, December 2. beating Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk to take the honours.
Messi, previously won the award in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015 before claiming his sixth Ballon d’Or in 2019.
Messi said on stage: “It is 10 years since I won my first Ballon d’Or here in Paris and I remember coming here with my three brothers, I was 22 and it was all unthinkable for me what I was going through. Now ten years on this is my sixth, in a very different time, very special in my personal life with my wife and three children. I am aware of the age I have but I hope I have several years left to keep enjoying my football and doing this.”