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BREAKING: Lionel Messi wins Ballon d’Or 2019 ahead of Virgil Van Dijk

Odiase Osayande

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Barcelona Star Lionel Messi has won the 2019 Ballon D’or ahead of Virgil Van dijk.

The prize completes a fine 12 months for
Messi, who won the Spanish LA liga with his club at the end of last season.

The award means Lionel Messi has now won more Ballon D’or awards (6) than Cristiano Ronaldo (5)

in 2018, Luka Modric ended the Ronaldo-Messi Dominance after winning his third consecutive Champions League trophy with club side Real Madrid and led Croatia to their first World Cup final, losing 4-2 to France.

Lionel Messi produced a stellar 2019 season with series of impressive displays as Barcelona claimed the Spanish LA liga title.

There where 30 nominees in total for the prize, organised by France Football magazine and voted for by 180 journalists from around the world.

4th – Sadio Mané (Liverpool)

3rd – Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus)

2nd – Virgil Van Dijk (Liverpool)

1st – Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

A big congratulations to the little genius.

In other news, Matthijs de Ligt edged out Jadon Sancho to the Kopa Trophy, having
helped Ajax to a domestic double and the semi-finals of the Champions League last season before joining Juventus in the summer for £67.5m.

Liverpool Allison Becker also won the first ever Yashin Trophy for the best goalkeeper in the world

READ: Just in: The Top ten Ballon D’or Finalists

Odiase Osayande is a senior sports reporter at Dockaysworld. He's turning football into words and telling the best stories about the beautiful game to fans stateside and worldwide.

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