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Lionel Messi Wins Ballon d'Or for Record Sixth Time - [PHOTOS]

Football | | December 3, 2019, 10:34 am
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 Star Barcelona striker Lionel Messi has won the 2019 Ballon d'Or award for the world's best player for a record sixth time. This was Messi's first Ballon d'Or since 2015 and comes after he scored 54 times for club and country in 2018-19, in which Barcelona won La Liga. Before 2015, the Barcelona forward had won the award in 2009, 2010, 2011 and in 2012. In a glittering ceremony that took place at the Theatre du Chatelet, the 32-year-old Argentine confirmed all the predictions that he was the outstanding favourite for this year's trophy, edging out Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk who helped Liverpool to win the title of the Champions League last season.<br /><br />Barcelona's soccer player Lionel Messi holds the trophy of the Golden Ball award ceremony in Paris. (Image: AP)
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Star Barcelona striker Lionel Messi has won the 2019 Ballon d'Or award for the world's best player for a record sixth time. This was Messi's first Ballon d'Or since 2015 and comes after he scored 54 times for club and country in 2018-19, in which Barcelona won La Liga. Before 2015, the Barcelona forward had won the award in 2009, 2010, 2011 and in 2012. In a glittering ceremony that took place at the Theatre du Chatelet, the 32-year-old Argentine confirmed all the predictions that he was the outstanding favourite for this year's trophy, edging out Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk who helped Liverpool to win the title of the Champions League last season.

Barcelona's soccer player Lionel Messi holds the trophy of the Golden Ball award ceremony in Paris. (Image: AP)

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 Liverpool's Alisson Becker holds the Yachine Trophy after he awarded as the best goalkeeper during the Golden Ball award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris. (Image: AP)
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Liverpool's Alisson Becker holds the Yachine Trophy after he awarded as the best goalkeeper during the Golden Ball award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris. (Image: AP)

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 Juventus' Matthijs de Ligt holds the Kopa trophy during the Golden Ball award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris. (Image: AP)
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Juventus' Matthijs de Ligt holds the Kopa trophy during the Golden Ball award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris. (Image: AP)

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 Former soccer star Didier Drogba and presenter of the Golden Ball award ceremony jokes as Paris Saint Germain's Kylian Mbappe laughs at the Grand Palais in Paris. (Image: AP)
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Former soccer star Didier Drogba and presenter of the Golden Ball award ceremony jokes as Paris Saint Germain's Kylian Mbappe laughs at the Grand Palais in Paris. (Image: AP)

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 Barcelona's Lionel Messi poses with his family during the Golden Ball award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris. (Image: AP)
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Barcelona's Lionel Messi poses with his family during the Golden Ball award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris. (Image: AP)

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 Juventus' Matthijs de Ligt and his girlfriend AnneKee Molenaar pose during the Golden Ball award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris. (Image: AP)
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Juventus' Matthijs de Ligt and his girlfriend AnneKee Molenaar pose during the Golden Ball award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris. (Image: AP)

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 Barcelona's soccer player Lionel Messi holds the trophy of the Golden Ball award ceremony in Paris. (Image: AP)
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Barcelona's soccer player Lionel Messi holds the trophy of the Golden Ball award ceremony in Paris. (Image: AP)

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 Former soccer player Didier Drogba and Sandy Heribert presenters of the Golden Ball award ceremony speak at the Grand Palais in Paris. (Image: AP)
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Former soccer player Didier Drogba and Sandy Heribert presenters of the Golden Ball award ceremony speak at the Grand Palais in Paris. (Image: AP)

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 Former soccer star Didier Drogba poses during the Golden Ball award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris. (Image: AP)
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Former soccer star Didier Drogba poses during the Golden Ball award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris. (Image: AP)

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 Juventus' Matthijs de Ligt with Kopa trophy speaks during the Golden Ball award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris. Awarded every year by France Football magazine since Stanley Matthews won it in 1956, the Ballon d'Or, Golden Ball for the best player of the year will be given to both a woman and a man. (Image: AP)
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Juventus' Matthijs de Ligt with Kopa trophy speaks during the Golden Ball award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris. Awarded every year by France Football magazine since Stanley Matthews won it in 1956, the Ballon d'Or, Golden Ball for the best player of the year will be given to both a woman and a man. (Image: AP)

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 Barcelona's soccer player Lionel Messi receives his sixth golden ball from Real Madrid's Lucas Modric during the Golden Ball award ceremony in Paris. (Image: AP)
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Barcelona's soccer player Lionel Messi receives his sixth golden ball from Real Madrid's Lucas Modric during the Golden Ball award ceremony in Paris. (Image: AP)

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 Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk poses with his wife Rike Nooitgedag during the Golden Ball award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris. (Image: AP)
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Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk poses with his wife Rike Nooitgedag during the Golden Ball award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris. (Image: AP)

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 Former coach of France Raymond Domenech poses with his wife Estelle Denis during the Golden Ball award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris. (Image: AP)
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Former coach of France Raymond Domenech poses with his wife Estelle Denis during the Golden Ball award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris. (Image: AP)

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 Real Madrid's Vinicius Junior poses during the Golden Ball award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris. (Image: AP)
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Real Madrid's Vinicius Junior poses during the Golden Ball award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris. (Image: AP)

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 Barcelona's soccer player Lionel Messi holds the trophy of the Golden Ball award ceremony in Paris. (Image: AP)
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Barcelona's soccer player Lionel Messi holds the trophy of the Golden Ball award ceremony in Paris. (Image: AP)

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 Real Madrid's Lucas Modric poses during the Golden Ball award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris. (Image: AP)
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Real Madrid's Lucas Modric poses during the Golden Ball award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris. (Image: AP)

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 Barcelona's soccer player Lionel Messi poses with his six golden balls during the Golden Ball award ceremony in Paris. (Image: AP)
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Barcelona's soccer player Lionel Messi poses with his six golden balls during the Golden Ball award ceremony in Paris. (Image: AP)

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 Juventus' Matthijs de Ligt with Kopa trophy speaks during the Golden Ball award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris. (Image: AP)
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Juventus' Matthijs de Ligt with Kopa trophy speaks during the Golden Ball award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris. (Image: AP)

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 Liverpool's goalkeeper Alisson Becker poses with his wife Natalia Loewe during the Golden Ball award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris. (Image: AP)
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Liverpool's goalkeeper Alisson Becker poses with his wife Natalia Loewe during the Golden Ball award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris. (Image: AP)

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 Paris Saint Germain's Kylian Mbappe poses during the Golden Ball award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris. (Image: AP)
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Paris Saint Germain's Kylian Mbappe poses during the Golden Ball award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris. (Image: AP)

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 Barcelona's soccer player Lionel Messi looks his six golden balls during the Golden Ball award ceremony in Paris. (Image: AP)
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Barcelona's soccer player Lionel Messi looks his six golden balls during the Golden Ball award ceremony in Paris. (Image: AP)

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