Congratulations, Leo! He lifts his seventh Ballon d’Or this year, with Robert Lewandowski taking a second-placed finish.
Lionel Messi lifted the Copa America for the first time in his career this summer with Argentina, and completed a move from Barcelona to PSG.
During Messi’s speech, the 34 year old gave Lewandowski a mention. It went as follows: “You [Lewandowski] deserve your Ballon d’Or “he went own later own to say “Last year, everyone knew that you were the big winner”.
The Argentine made history, last evening when he was crowned this year’s Ballon d’Or winner at the Theatre du chalet in Paris. The trophy was handed to the PSG striker by Luis Suarez making him the only player to win seven Ballon d’Or awards ever.
The Argentine has now won the prestigious individual award in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2019 and now 2021, meaning he has been crowned the best player in world football more times than any male player in its history, two more than Cristiano Ronaldo.