Argentina’s Lionel Messi won the Ballon d’Or award for the best player in the world for a record-stretching seventh time on Monday, beating Robert Lewandowski and Jorginho to lift football’s most prestigious trophy yet again.
The forward added to his 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2019 trophies after winning the Copa America for the first time with his country last July.
“It’s incredible to be here again. Two years ago I thought it was the last time. Winning the Copa America was key”, Messi said at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris.
Messi, who joined Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer from Barcelona during the summer, collected 613 points, with Bayern Munich’s Lewandowski, named best striker on Monday, getting 580.
Jorginho, who won the Champions League with Chelsea and the European Championship with Italy, ended up third on 460, ahead of France’s Karim Benzema and N’Golo Kante in fourth and fifth places respectively.
You can follow the ceremony as it happens with Standard Sport’s blog below…
Recap: 1st to 10th
Here is the top ten of the 2021 Ballon d’Or:
10th – Gianluigi Donnarumma
Recap: 11th to 20th
Next, how the middle order finished up:
Recap: 21st to 30th
Let’s recap how the full Ballon d’Or results shook out…
21st – Lautaro Martinez & Bruno Fernandes
26th – Gerard Moreno, Ruben Dias & Nico Barrella
29th – Cesar Azpilicueta & Luka Modric
Simon Kjaer finished 18th in tonight’s ceremony and earned special praise for his role in helping Christian Eriksen after his Denmark teammate collapsed at Euro 2020.
The defender’s agent, Mikkel Beck, wrote on Twitter: “Congratulations to my long-time client and dear friend Simon Kjaer for being classified in 18th place in the voting for the best player in the world.
“I am so proud of you, you deserve it more than anyone else after your fantastic 2021.”
Private jet selfie time for our Ballon d’Or Feminin winner…
Another one for “crazy” Leo – and more congratulations this time from Argentina pal Giovani Lo Celso.
Certainly not everybody is up for a Leo love-in tonight.
German newspaper Bild have dubbed Robert Lewandowski “cheated” after “only” finishing second, which it says is a “scandal”.
Here’s how Alexia Putellas reacted to winning the Ballon d’Or Feminin:
“I’m a bit excited. It’s a very special moment. Having my teammates here makes me very happy. I want to thank all the teammates that I have met in my career, but especially those that I currently have.
“It is an individual award but it is also a collective success, that’s how it feels. Thank you to the coaches I have had in my career and that have trusted me. The fans and the club, which is a pleasure to represent here.
“My family, I have my aunt here, my sister, my mother… and someone who has always been, is and will always be very special to me. I hope you are very proud of your daughter wherever you are, dad.”
More Chelsea love, from Mateo Kovacic.
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