Argentine footballer, Lionel Messi, has won the 2021 Ballon d’Or — the award for the best soccer player on the planet within a particular year.
Messi defeated closest rival, Robert Lewandoski to win the prize for a record seventh time.
The former Barcelona superstar, who moved to Paris Saint Germain earlier this year, won the award after leading Argentina to the Copa America title.
The star-studded event, which was held at the Chatelet Theatre in Paris, France, on Monday evening, saw Italian and Chelsea of London midfielder, Jorginho, emerging third on the log.
Messi now has two more Ballon d’Or award than Cristiano Ronaldo, who finished a distant sixth in this year’s contest.
The Argentine superstar, who left Barcelona as a free agent to sign for Paris Saint-Germain in the summer, was presented with the award for best men’s footballer in the world on Monday night in Paris.
Back in July, the 34-year-old ended his long wait for a major international trophy by winning the Copa America with Argentina as they beat hosts Brazil in the final.
Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, who was the favourite to win the 2020 edition of the Ballon d’Or, came second in the vote.
Lewandowski has scored 73 goals in just 60 games for Bayern Munich since the start of last season, and won FIFA’s and UEFA’s men’s player of the year awards in 2020.
Chelsea midfielder, Jorginho finished third in the 2021 Ballon d’Or rankings. The 29-year-old had a phenomenal 2021, after winning the Champions League and European Championships for club and country in the space of two months.
Jorginho went on to win the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award following Chelsea’s glory in Europe and in Porto back in May.