Lionel Messi won the coveted Ballon d’Or for the seventh time edging out Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski for the award. Messi left Barcelona as a free agent in the summer, joining PSG, and was presented with the award for his stellar performances all year round. Chelsea midfielder Jorginho finished third in the voting for the award.
“I’m really proud to win the France Football Ballon d’Or once again,” Lionel Messi after winning the Ballon d’Or. “It’s incredible to win it for the seventh time. I would like to thank my family, my friends, and all the people who follow me and always support me because without them I couldn’t have done it.”
Before the presentation, Cristiano Ronaldo hit out at French journalist Pascal Ferre who claimed that Ronaldo wanted to finish his career with more Ballon d’Or wins than Messi. Although Ronaldo did not attend the event, he let his feelings known on social media.
“Pascal Ferre lied, he used my name to promote himself and to promote the publication he works for,” Ronaldo said. “It is unacceptable that the person responsible for awarding such a prestigious prize could lie in this way, in absolute disrespect for someone who has always respected France Football and the Ballon d’Or.”
1) Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain & Barcelona)
2) Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich & Poland)
3) Jorginho (Chelsea & Italy)
4) Karim Benzema (Real Madrid & France)
5) N’Golo Kante (Chelsea & France)
6) Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United & Portugal)
7) Mohamed Salah (Liverpool & Egypt)
8) Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City & Belgium)
9) Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain & France)
10) Gianluigi Donarumma (Paris Saint-Germain & Italy)
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