Lionel Messi added another trophy in his growing collection in winning his sixth Ballon d’ Or award, bestowed to him last December 2nd in Paris, France.
Messi, currently playing for FC Barcelona received 686 points from all votes coming from football journalists, coaches and captains of every football national teams eligible to vote for this year.
“I am very lucky, I am blessed. I hope I will continue for a long time,” Messi, quoted in an article of ESPN. “I realized that I’m lucky even if one day it will be time to retire.’’
“It will be tough, but I still have some years ahead of me. Time flies, so I will enjoy football and my family,” Messi added as the Argentine led FC Barcelona to another La Liga title this year despite failing to bag the UEFA Champions League.
Messi won his sixth Ballon d’ Or awards, which he also won in 2009,2010,2011,2012 and 2015 edging Cristiano Ronaldo, that currently has five Ballon d’Or awards on his belt that was awarded to him in 2008,2013,2014,2016 and 2017.
Liverpool center back Virgil Van Dijk finished second in voting with 679 points. The Dutch have a good year in helping Liverpool to take home the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Super Cup crowns and lead The Netherlands in a runner-up in the UEFA Nations League.
Ronaldo finished third with 476 points with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner was the vital cog in Juventus championship conquest in Serie A and Italian Super Cup in the past season. He was also part of the Portugal team crowned as the first champion of the UEFA Nations League.
The United States women’s football team co-captain Megan Rapinoe won the Ballon d’Or Feminin award, beating Lucy Bronze and teammate and fellow US women’s football team co-captain Alex Morgan.
Rapinoe received 230 points while Bronze was the distant second with 94 points and Morgan with 68 points.
“I’m so sad I can’t make it tonight. It’s absolutely incredible; congrats to the other nominees. I can’t believe I’m the one winning in this field, it’s been an incredible year,” Rapinoe said via recorded message, quoted in another article of ESPN as she failed to attend the awarding ceremony.
“I want to thank my teammates and the U.S. federation,” Rapinoe closed.
Rapinoe played a vital role in the United States fourth FIFA Women’s World Cup championship last July in scoring six goals, leading her to be named as Golden Ball and Boot awardee. She was also named as Best FIFA Women’s Player for this year, aside from being included in FIFPro World XI.
Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt was named Kopa Trophy winner, given to players that were the best in the world, under the age of 21.
The Dutch defender played for Ajax, before joining Juventus this season, which he lead the Dutch club’s deep run in the UEFA Champions League last season, upsetting his current club in the quarterfinals for Ajax ‘s first semifinals appearance since 1997 but the run ended with the loss against Tottenham Hotspur in the semifinals.
Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho finished second in the voting while Joao Felix, formerly with Benfica but now playing for Atletico Madrid round-up the top three.
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson was the first-ever winner of the Yashin Trophy, named after Russian goalkeeper Lev Yashin, who regarded as the best goalkeeper of all time.
FC Barcelona goalkeeper Marc- Andre ter Stergen and Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson were the second and third vote-getters respectively.