LIONEL MESSI CROWNED 2019 BALLON D’OR WINNER

Expectedly, Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi has won the Men’s Ballon d’Or for a sixth time.

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk was second, ahead of Juve’s Cristiano Ronaldo and fellow Reds star Sadio Mane

Also, USA’s Megan Rapinoe has been crowned the 2019 Women’s Ballon d’Or winner ahead of England’s Lucy Bronze and her compatriot Alex Morgan.

The US captain played an integral role in helping her country retain the World Cup in France last summer, winning both the Golden Ball and the Golden Boot in the process.

“I’ll do my best to get there next year,” says the Reign FC midfielder after accepting the award via video message.

Meanwhile, Bronze, the Lyon full back, said after finishing runner-up: “We have the best players in the world at Lyon. We tried our best at the World Cup and you can see the future of women’s football.”

And Ada Hegerberg, who won the award last year, finished in fourth place.