Ballon d’Or Lionel Messi wins the award for the best player in world football for the seventh time – SPORT NEWS PEDIA

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Paris St-Germain and Argentine striker Lionel Messi won the Ballon d’Or, awarded to the best footballer of the year, for the seventh time, a record.

Messi, 34, helped his country win the Copa América, his first international honor, and has scored 40 goals in 2021: 28 for Barcelona, ​​four for Paris St-Germain and eight for Argentina.

Bayern Munich and Poland striker Robert Lewandowski came in second, Chelsea and Italy midfielder Jorginho was third and Real Madrid French forward Karim Benzema finished fourth.

The Ballon d’Or is voted for by 180 journalists from around the world, although there was no award in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo (five wins) collected the award every year from 2008 to 2019, except in 2018, when Croatian midfielder Luka Modric won it.

Messi had already won the trophy more times than any other player and his seventh success comes after victories in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2019.

“It’s amazing to be here again,” he said at the ceremony, held at the Theater du Chatelet in Paris.

“Two years ago I thought it was the last time. People were starting to ask me when I was going to retire but now I am here in Paris and very happy.

“It’s a special year for me with this Copa América title. It meant a lot to win [1-0 to Brazil in the final] at the Maracana stadium and I was very happy to celebrate with the people of Argentina.

“I do not know if it is the best year of my life, I have had a long career, but it was special with the title with Argentina after difficult times and criticism.”

Messi also had warm words for runner-up, 33-year-old Poland captain Lewandowski.

“I wanted to tell Robert that it was an honor to face him,” Messi said. “He deserved to win last year.”

Lewandowski scored 53 goals in all competitions in 2021 for Bayern and was awarded the Forward of the Year award, a new accolade that was only announced hours before the ceremony began.

Paris St-Germain’s Gianluigi Donnarumma, who helped Italy win Euro 2020, won the Yashin Trophy for best goalkeeper, while Champions League champions Chelsea were named Club of the Year.

Barcelona midfielder Pedri, 19, won the Kopa Trophy for best player under 21, with English internationals Jude Bellingham, Mason Greenwood and Bukayo Saka in second, fifth and sixth respectively.

Fourteen of the 30 players shortlisted for the Ballon d’Or currently play in the Premier League.

Chelsea had five players represented, with Jorginho in third place accompanied by N’Golo Kante in fifth, Romelu Lukaku in 12, Mason Mount in 19 and César Azpilicueta, who tied for 29.

Premier League champions Manchester City had the same number as Kevin de Bruyne was eighth, Raheem Sterling 15th, Riyad Mahrez 20th, Phil Foden 25th and Ruben Dias 26th.

Manchester United couple Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes were sixth and tied for 21st respectively, Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah was seventh and Tottenham’s Harry Kane was 23rd.

Results of the Ballon d’Or
Lionel Messi (Paris St-Germain / Argentina, forward)
Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich / Poland, forward)
Jorginho (Chelsea / Italy, midfielder)
Karim Benzema (Real Madrid / France, forward)
N’Golo Kante (Chelsea / France, midfielder)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United / Portugal, forward)
Mohamed Salah (Liverpool / Egypt, forward)
Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City / Belgium, midfielder)
Kylian Mbappé (Paris St-Germain / France, forward)
Gianluigi Donnarumma (Paris St-Germain / Italy, goalkeeper)
Erling Braut Haaland (Borussia Dortmund / Norway, forward)
Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea / Belgium, forward)
Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus / Italy, defender)
Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus / Italy, defender)
Raheem Sterling (Manchester City / England, forward)
Neymar (Paris St-Germain / Brazil, forward)
Luis Suárez (Atlético de Madrid / Uruguay, forward)
Simon Kjaer (AC Milan / Denmark, defender)
Mason Mount (Chelsea / England, midfielder)
Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City / Algeria, forward)

Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United / Portugal, midfielder), tied with Lautauro Martínez (Inter Milan / Argentina, forward)

Harry Kane (Tottenham / England, forward)
Pedri (Barcelona / Spain, midfielder)
Phil Foden (Manchester City / England, forward)

Nicolo Barella (Inter Milan / Italy, midfielder), tied with Ruben Dias (Manchester City / Portugal, defender) and Gerard Moreno (Villarreal / Spain, forward)

Luka Modric (Real Madrid / Croatia, midfielder), tied with César Azpilicueta (

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