LIONEL MESSI REACTS TO SIXTH BALLON D’OR WIN

“Ten years ago I received my first Ballon d’Or, guided by my three brothers,” Messi told the audience as he won the 2019 Ballon d’Or at Theatre du Chatelet in Paris.

Continuing, he said: “Today I receive my sixth, guided by my wife and children.” The Argentine had just claimed a record sixth win of the Ballon d’Or on Monday night beating Liverpool’s four leading nominees to claim soccer’s most prestigious individual trophy.

The Argentine, who won the Liga title with Barcelona but only managed third place in the Copa America with his country, added to his 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015 trophies.

He beat Virgil van Dijk, the runner-up, and third-placed Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal, who has won the award five times.