The 2019 golden globes were held in Paris, France. Lionel messi, the Argentine star who plays for Barcelona in la liga, has become the first player to win the award for the sixth time, beating rivals such as Dutch centre-back van dyke.
“Messi has won his sixth ballon d ‘or, one more than cristiano ronaldo.” The Argentine striker has once again been crowned one of the biggest names in international football after an unequalled season, according to CNN. Messi led Barcelona to the Spanish league title last season and scored 54 goals in all competitions. Messi has missed the ballon d ‘or award for the past three years, CNN said. The Argentine star’s latest win puts him ahead of his old rival cristiano ronaldo to become the most awarded player of all time.
The ballon d ‘or, founded in 1956, is sponsored by France football magazine and is voted on by professional football journalists from around the world. Each reporter may vote for five players in turn, and the players who receive the votes receive five, four, three, two, and one points in the order of the votes. Messi finished with 686 points, followed by van dyke with just seven points and cristiano ronaldo with 476, according to a poll published by France football.
The narrow margin suggests that van dyke’s performance over the past year has been equally impressive. The Dutch centre-half not only won the champions league with Liverpool but also led the Netherlands to the euro 2020 finals. According to CNN, van dyke had been widely expected to become another defender to win the golden ball award after Italy’s fabio cannavaro. Liverpool manager klopp is also a disciple of the firm supporters. He told Britain’s daily express newspaper: “if the ballon d ‘or is given to the best player of this era, it’s fine to give it to messi; But if it’s for the best player last season, it’s for van dyke. However, according to Dutch magazine international football, van dyke himself took the loss to messi in stride, saying: “I am close to winning, but there are better players. I am very proud of what I achieved with Liverpool and the Netherlands last season. Hopefully I can do better in the future, but with messi, it’s still difficult.
In other awards, rapino, who led the United States to the 2019 women’s World Cup title in France, won the golden ball. The copa award for best player under 21 went to the 20-year-old Dutchman derricht, who plays for Juventus. Liverpool’s Brazilian goalkeeper alisson won this year’s new yassin award for best goalkeeper.