PSG’s Lionel Messi Wins Record Seventh Ballon d’Or 2021

 

Famed footballer Lionel Messi has claimed his seventh Ballon d’Or, holding off the challenge of Polish striker Robert Lewandowski and Italian midfielder Jorginho at the Paris ceremony.

 

 

Messi, who recently moved from Barcelona to Paris St Germain, received the honorary award on Monday, breaking his own 2019 record when he won the Ballon d’Or for the sixth time. The Ballon d’Or was not awarded in 2020 due to COVID-19.

 

Lionel Messi wins record seventh Ballon d'Or - Barca Blaugranes

 

In July, Messi won his first major international tournament with Argentina, helping the country’s national team beat Brazil. After receiving the award, Messi remarked: ‘It’s incredible to be here again. Two years ago I thought it was the last time. Winning the Copa America was key’.

 

 

The French football club then took to Twitter and wrote that with his ‘record seventh’ win, Messi continues ‘to make history’.

 

Ballon d'Or 2021 RECAP confirmed results in full as Lionel Messi beats  Robert Lewandowski - Manchester Evening News

 

In the meantime, Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo came in sixth, while Barcelona and Spain midfielder Alexia Putellas won the women’s award for the first time after an outstanding season.

 

 

Putellas follows in the footsteps of Ada Hegerberg, who won the inaugural women’s Ballon d’Or in 2018, and US World Cup star Megan Rapinoe of 2019. Putellas shared: ‘I’m very emotional, it’s a very special moment’.

 

 

This marks the first time that France Football has ever given the honour to a member of the Barcelona women’s team, as per FC Barca.

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