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Ballon d’Or 2019: Lionel Messi beats Cristiano Ronaldo, Virgil van Dijk to win award ▷ Kenya News

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– Messi now becomes the first player to win the award on six occasions

– He was previously tied with Ronaldo on five, and wins it for the first time in four years

– The Barca hitman previously clinched this coveted trophy in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi was on Monday night, December 2, crowned the 2019 Ballon d’Or winner for record sixth time in a glittering ceremony held at Theatre de Châtelet in Paris.

Messi, who was the overwhelming favourite beat off stiff competition from Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk to claim the prestigious award.

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The trio had a sparkling 2018/19 season, with Messi winning the La Liga as Van Dijk picked the UEFA Champions League title with Liverpool.

Van Dijk was seeking to become the first defender to win the gong since Fabio Cannavaro 13 years ago.

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Ronaldo, on the other hand was keen to battle Messi to the prize after another goal-filled year with Juventus.

The Portuguese talisman went on to finish third in the award ranking behind Van Dijk who finished second.

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Incidentally, there was no place for last year’s winner Luka Modric, even as his Real Madrid team-mates Karim Benzema and Eden Hazard joined chase for the award.

Modric became the first player to break the award’s decade-long dominance that saw Messi and Ronaldo share the award between them 10 times.

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