Lionel Messi hails ‘incredible’ seventh men’s Ballon d’Or victory ahead of Lewandowski and Jorginho | World News


Lionel Messi has won the seventh men’s Ballon d’Or of his illustrious career at a ceremony in Paris.

The Paris St Germain forward saw off competition from Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski and Chelsea midfielder Jorginho.

Spain midfielder Alexia Putellas took home the women’s Ballon d’Or after winning a league, cup and Champions League treble with Barcelona.

The 27-year-old’s Barca team-mate Jennifer Hermoso was second, with Chelsea forward Sam Kerr third and Arsenal striker Vivianne Miedema fourth.

FC Barcelona's Alexia Putellas with the women's award
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FC Barcelona’s Alexia Putellas with the women’s award

Argentina international Messi claimed a maiden Copa America title with his country during the year and was top scorer in LaLiga for the 2020-21 season with 30 goals as Barcelona finished third.

The 34-year-old also helped Barca win the Copa del Rey before moving to PSG in the summer.

He had collected the honour for a record sixth time in 2019 -…



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