PSG’s Lionel Messi beats out Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski to win record seventh Ballon d’Or

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Lionel Messi now has seven Ballon d’Or awards, two much more than Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo. FRANCK FIFE/AFP by using Getty Photos

Paris Saint-Germain ahead Lionel Messi was awarded the prestigious Ballon d’Or for a document-extending seventh time in a ceremony at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris on Monday.

Messi, who led Argentina to Copa The usa results in Brazil in July for their very first significant trophy considering the fact that 1993, spent the bulk of 2020 at Barcelona prior to his 21-calendar year remain at the club ended when he still left on a absolutely free in August and joined PSG soon following.

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He now has two more Ballon d’Or awards than Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo, whose tally of five is two extra than anybody else.

Messi conquer 29 other nominees for the award, which include Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, who was the favorite for final year’s prize ahead of it was cancelled mainly because of the lack of football for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic.

Lewandowski was nominated for the award again this calendar year right after he broke late Bayern legend Gerd Muller’s solitary-time Bundesliga target document in Might immediately after he netted 41 league periods final period, as well as winning the European Golden Shoe.

Whilst Lewandowski didn’t gain the night’s biggest prize, he was named Striker of the 12 months at the ceremony and concluded second to Messi on the remaining ballot.

Chelsea midfielder Jorginho was also tipped for the award after profitable past season’s Champions League with his club aspect in advance of participating in a very important section in Italy’s triumph at Euro 2020.

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, Serious Madrid’s Karim Benzema and PSG’s Kylian Mbappe and Neymar had been also nominated for the award.

AC Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma, who was also a finalist for the Ballon d’Or finest player, was named Goalkeeper of the 12 months.

Chelsea, whose guys won the UEFA Champions League in 2021 and observed their women’s facet earn the Women’s Super League, had been named Group of the Year, with professionals Thomas Tuchel and Emma Hayes accepting the award remotely for the reason that of COVID-19 limits.

The Ballon d’Or is awarded yearly by France Football, with FIFA’s The Very best a different honour handed out just about every yr — Messi received that award for the initially time in 2020.

Barca midfielder Pedri gained the Kopa Trophy as Europe’s greatest younger participant, which comes just a week following he claimed the Golden Boy award.