Sports: Lionel Messi claims record 7th Ballon d’Or

Argentina’s Lionel Messi won the Ballon d’Or grant for the best player on the planet for a record-extending seventh time on Monday, beating Robert Lewandowski and Jorginho to lift soccer’s most lofty prize once more.

The forward added to his 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2019 prizes in the wake of winning the Copa America interestingly with his country last July.

“It’s mind boggling to be here once more. Two years prior I thought it was the last time. Winning the Copa America was critical”, Messi said at Paris’ Theater du Chatelet.

Messi, who joined Paris St Germain on a free exchange from Barcelona during the nearby season, gathered 613 focuses, with Bayern Munich’s Lewandowski, named best striker on Monday, getting 580.

Jorginho, who won the Champions League with Chelsea and the European title with Italy, wound up third on 460, in front of France’s Karim Benzema and Ngolo Kante in fourth and fifth places individually.

Chelsea, named club of the year, likewise had manager Edouard Mendy completing second in the Yashin prize behind Italy’s Gianluigi Donnarumma.

The ladies’ Ballon d’Or went to Alexia Putellas after the Spain midfielder directed Barcelona to Champions League magnificence.

“The key second was the Champions League last against Olympique Lyonnais,” she said.

Putellas is the third champ of the Ballon d’Or Feminin after Ada Hegerberg in 2018 and Megan Rapinoe in 2019. There was no function last year due to the Covid pandemic.

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On a decent night for Barcelona, the 19-year-old Pedri was granted the Kopa prize for the best Under-21 player.

“The most ideal method for praising turning 19 is getting this honor. I’d prefer to thank everybody at Barcelona for aiding me here,” he said.

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