Lionel Messi won his sixth Ballon d’Or award, surpassing Cristiano Ronaldo as the first person in Ballon d’Or history.
Congratulations Lionel Messi. Last season’s 51 goals and 22 assists + national league championship + domestic Super Cup championship + Champions League gold boots + European gold boots, this result may be the best season for for Messi and Ronaldo career. And the content of Messi game is really amazing, He deserves the trophy. Lionel Messi also came out on top in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015 and he is now one clear of Cristiano Ronaldo, who has five.
The 31-year-old beat out Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk, who was instrumental in helping Liverpool win the Champions League, for the award voted on by a panel of international journalists.
As for Cristiano Ronaldo, he can readily accept the result. The top three is already a good achievement at the age of 34. I believe that with Ronaldo’s character, he will work harder to prove himself more.
It must be pointed out that Lionel Messi not only won the competition with Cristiano Ronaldo, but also has great significance for Barcelona, surpassing Real Madrid by 12-11, and becoming the biggest player in the number of Ballon d’Or award. Among them, Lionel Messi was crowned 6 times, Johan Cruyff 2 times, Ronaldinho 1 time, Rivaldo 1 time, Hristo Stoichkov 1 time, Luis Suárez 1 time.
Let’s look at Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo contributed 4 Ballon d’Or, Alfredo Di Stéfano had twice, Luís Figo, Ronaldo, Luka Modrić, Fabio Cannavaro and Raymond Kopa all won the Ballon d’Or once. We can see that Lionel Messi becomes Barcelona No 1 Hero to surpass Real Madrid.
Top 30 of the Ballon d’Or and 3 of Liverpool entered the top five, recreating the miracles of Barcelona Messi, Xavi and Iniesta. Twenty-year-old Mbappe ranked sixth, and six people were younger than 23 this year: Kylian Mbappé, Frenkie de Jong, Matthijs de Ligt, Trent Alexander-Arnold, João Félix, Donny van de Beek .
This is the ranking of the top 30 in the ballon d’or award:
1. Lionel Messi ( Age 32 Years, Barcelona, Argentina, Forward )
2. Virgil van Dijk ( Age 28 Years, Liverpool, Netherlands, Defender )
3. Cristiano Ronaldo ( Age 34 Years, Juventus, Portugal, Forward )
4. Sadio Mané ( Age 27 Years, Liverpool, Senegal, Forward )
5. Mohamed Salah ( Age 27 Years, Liverpool, Egypt, Forward )
6. Kylian Mbappé ( Age 20 Years, PSG, France, Forward )
7. Alisson Becker ( Age 27 Years, Liverpool, Brazil, Goalkeeper )
8. Robert Lewandowski ( Age 31 Years, Bayern Munich, Poland, Forward )
9. Bernardo Silva ( Age 25 Years, Manchester City, Portugal, Midfielder )
10. Riyad Mahrez ( Age 28 Years, Manchester City, Algeria, Forward )
11. Frenkie de Jong ( Age 22 Years, Ajax/Barcelona, Netherlands, Midfielder )
12. Raheem Sterling ( Age 24 Years, Manchester City, England, Forward )
13. Eden Hazard ( Age 28 Years, Chelsea/Real Madrid, Belgium, Forward )
14. Kevin De Bruyne ( Age 28 Years, Manchester City, Belgium, Midfielder)
15. Matthijs de Ligt ( Age 20 Years, Ajax/Juventus, Netherlands, Defender )
16. Sergio Agüero ( Age 31 Years, Manchester City, Argentina, Forward )
17. Roberto Firmino ( Age 28 Years, Liverpool, Brazil, Forward )
18. Antoine Griezmann ( Age 28 Years, Atletico/Barcelona, France, Forward )
19. Alexander-Arnold ( Age 21 Years, Liverpool, England, Defender )
20. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ( Age 30 Years, Arsenal, Gabon, Forward )
20. Dušan Tadić ( Age 31 Years, Ajax, Serbia, Forward )
22. Son Heung-min ( Age 27 Years, Tottenham, South Korea, Forward )
23. Hugo Lloris ( Age 32 Years, Tottenham, France, Goalkeeper )
24. Kalidou Koulibaly ( Age 28 Years, Napoli, Senegal, Defender )
24. Ter Stegen ( Age 27 Years, Barcelona, Germany, Goalkeeper )
26. Georginio Wijnaldum ( Age 29 Years, Liverpool, Netherlands, Midfielder)
26. Karim Benzema ( Age 31 Years, Real Madrid, France, Forward )
28. João Félix ( Age 20 Years, Benfica/Atletico Madrid, Portugal, Forward )
28. Marquinhos ( Age 25 Years, PSG, Brazil, Defender )
28. Donny van de Beek ( Age 22 Years, Ajax, Netherlands, Midfielder )