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  • [Gist] Lionel Messi crowned 2019 Ballon d'Or winner


  • 1 - Lionel Messi was involved in 63 goals in 2019 for @FCBarcelona and @Argentina (46 goals and 17 assists), averaging 1'17 per game (GP54). Gold.


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    "I would like to thank all of the journalists who voted for me and wanted me to have this prize," said Messi after picking up the award in Paris on Monday night alongside his two sons and wife.
    "Thank you so much to my colleagues who have actually contributed a lot to this prize. It is amazing, thank you so much."

    2019 Ballon d'Or top 10

    Lionel Messi
    Virgil van Dijk
    Cristiano Ronaldo
    Sadio Mane
    Mohamed Salah
    Kylian Mbappe
    Alisson
    Robert Lewandowski
    Bernardo Silva
    Riyad Mahrez
    Messi was presented with the gong by 2018 winner Luka Modric and that means as well as this year, the Argentina international has also won the Ballon d'Or in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015.
    The Barca captain beat Liverpool's Netherlands centre-back Virgil van Dijk into second place, while his long-time rival Cristiano Ronaldo was third in the voting, with Liverpool forward Sadio Mane fourth.


    Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk was runner-up behind Messi
    Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk was runner-up behind Messi
    ""It was an amazing year, but there's a couple of players like that who are a bit unnatural," said Van Dijk.
    "So you need to respect greatness as well. I was close, but there was just someone a little bit better. I'm very proud of what I achieved last year with Liverpool and the Netherlands, and hopefully we can do that again this year. But that will be tough with those guys around here still."


    Alisson Becker won the Copa America with Brazil and the Champions League with Liverpool this year
    Alisson Becker won the Copa America with Brazil and the Champions League with Liverpool this year
    Meanwhile, Van Dijk's Liverpool team-mate Aliss

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