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Lionel Messi wins record seventh men’s Ballon d’Or

PSG forward Lionel Messi was presented with the award on Monday night in Paris after another record-breaking 12 months; Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski – favourite for the prize in 2020 before cancellation due to Covid – came second in the vote with Chelsea’s Jorginho in third.

Messi, 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 after another record-breaking 12 months for club and country.

He saw off competition from Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski and Chelsea midfielder Jorginho.

Messi, who wore a sparkly dinner jacket at the ceremony in Paris, collected the honour for a record sixth time in 2019 – one ahead of great rival Cristiano Ronaldo – before the awards were cancelled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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