Paris: Lionel Messi has won the Ballon d’Or 2019 for a record sixth time at a ceremony in Paris.
The Barcelona and Argentina star scooped the prize ahead of Virgil van Dijk, Cristiano Ronaldo and Sadio Mane, who finished in fourth place.
Messi edges ahead of five-time winner Ronaldo following victories in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015.
“Ten years ago I received my first Ballon d’Or, guided by my three brothers,” Messi told the audience. “Today I receive my sixth, guided by my wife and children.”
Liverpool’s Dutch defender Van Dijk, who was voted into second place, hailed Messi and Ronaldo.