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Messi wins sixth Ballon d'Or


Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has won a record sixth Ballon d’Or, taking him one above Juventus rival Cristiano Ronaldo.

Messi guided Barca to La Liga glory and the semi-finals of the Champions League last season.

He scored 51 goals in all competitions during the 2018-19 campaign and has followed up with 11 this term.

Ronaldo, meanwhile, comes third in the contest, with Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk second and teammate Sadio Mane fourth.

The Catalans have also overtaken Real Madrid as the club with the most Ballon d’Or wins in history (12).

Elsewhere from Serie A, Napoli stopper Kalidou Koulibaly finishes 24th and Juventus’ Matthijs de Ligt takes 15th.

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