Lionel Messi Wins Historic 7th Ballon Do’r Crown

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

34 year old Messi helped his country win the Copa America, his first international honour, 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 second, Chelsea and Italy midfielder Jorginho was third and Real Madrid’s French striker Karim Benzema finished fourth.

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

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