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Messi makes history as he bags 7th Ballon d’Or Award

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Messi makes history as he bags 7th Ballon d’Or Award


Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) superstar, Lionel Messi has made another history as he again won the 2021 Ballon d’Or award.

At a star-studded ceremony in Paris on Monday evening, the 34-year-old Argentine forward was crowned the world’s best player for the seventh time.

It is a record seventh occasion overall after seeing off strong competition from the likes of Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, Real Madrid’s Benzema and Chelsea’s Jorginho.

Robert Lewandowski finishes second in the Ballon d’Or race.

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Buzz had been growing for weeks that the Argentine was a cert for soccer’s highest individual accolade.

The brainchild of France Football magazine journalist Gabriel Hanot, the Ballon d’Or is widely seen as the most prestigious award in the footballing calendar.

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Stanley Matthews of Blackpool and England was the inaugural winner while Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United and Real Madrid have dominated the 21st century, winning 12 times between them.

Lionel Messi’s good friend and former teammate Luis Suarez present the Ballon d’Or award to him.

Meanwhile, Barcelona’s Alexia Putellas also won women’s Ballon d’Or 2021.

Alexia won the Women’s Champions League with Barcelona, the Women’s Primera Division and the Copa de la Reina last season.

Fran Kirby came in 10th, with Chelsea team-mate Jessie Fleming in ninth. Another Chelsea star was seventh in Pernille Harder, with Arsenal’s free-scoring Vivianne Miedema in fourth.

Sam Kerr, of Chelsea and Australia, came third – Alexia’s Barcelona team-mate Jennifer Hermoso was the runner-up.

Putellas becomes the third winner of the Ballon d’Or Feminin after Ada Hegerberg in 2018 and Megan Rapinoe in 2019.

Excited Alexia Putellas said, “I’m very emotional, it’s a very special moment. It’s special to have my teammates here after all we’ve achieved.

Messi makes history as he bags 7th Ballon d’Or Award

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