Argentine international, Lionel Messi, has won the Ballon d’Or for the seventh time.
The Ballon d’Or is an award given to the best footballer of the year.
Messi, who is currently 34-years-old, helped his country[Argentina] to win the Copa America for the first time.
He has also managed to score 40 goals in 2021 — 28 for Barcelona, four for PSG, and eight for Argentina.
“I do not know how long I have left but I hope it will be a long time. I want to thank my teammates from Barcelona and PSG, and especially the Argentina team. I won this award and I had the feeling that I was missing something and this year I was able to achieve it.“A large part of this trophy is because of what we did in the Copa America, so thanks to my teammates, this is also yours,” he stated after accepting the award.
Bayern Munich and Poland striker Robert Lewandowski came second, Chelsea and Italy midfielder Jorginho was third and Real Madrid’s French striker Karim Benzema finished fourth.
Below is the full Ballon d’Or results;
- Lionel Messi (Paris St-Germain/Argentina, forward)
2. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich/Poland, forward)
3. Jorginho (Chelsea/Italy, midfielder)
4. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid/France, forward)
5. N’Golo Kante (Chelsea/France, midfielder)
6. Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United/Portugal, forward)
7. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool/Egypt, forward)
8. Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City/Belgium, midfielder)
9. Kylian Mbappe (Paris St-Germain/France, forward)
10. Gianluigi Donnarumma (Paris St-Germain/Italy, goalkeeper)
11. Erling Braut Haaland (Borussia Dortmund / Norway, forward)
12. Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea / Belgium, forward)
13. Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus / Italy, defender)
14. Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus / Italy, defender)
15. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City / England, forward)
16. Neymar (Paris St-Germain / Brazil, forward)
17. Luis Suarez (Atletico Madrid / Uruguay, forward)
18. Simon Kjaer (AC Milan / Denmark, defender)
19. Mason Mount (Chelsea / England, midfielder)
20. Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City / Algeria, forward)