Football King Lionel Messi wins record SIXTH Ballon d’Or (2019) beating Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk… with Cristiano Ronaldo staying away from the Paris event
Messi racked half a century of goals in another prolific season as he claimed his 10th La Liga title with Barcelona.
It was a night of mixed fortunes for Liverpool as defender Virgil van Dijk was pipped to the 2019 Ballon d’Or by record-six-time winner Lionel Messi, as Alisson Becker was crowned the world’s best goalkeeper in Paris on Monday.
But after transforming Jurgen Klopp’s back line since his arrival at Anfield in December 2017, runner up Van Dijk must wonder what more he has to do to clinch top spot.
He said: ‘It shows a lot about how my career has been. My career has been different from the winner here, I came late, but I never gave up on my dreams.
Van Dijk was exceptional in Liverpool’s defensive unit as they finished second in the Premier League and won the Champions League by beating Tottenham in Madrid, while Ronaldo was Juventus’s top scorer as they won Serie A and also won the Nations League with Portugal.
But neither could match Messi’s exceptional show of talents over the year and the 32-year-old collected his sixth gong
Van Dijk’s Liverpool teammate Alisson Becker won the men’s best goalkeeper prize while their manager Jurgen Klopp was named best manager and used the stage to announce his commitment to Common Goal, a charity founded by Juan Mata pledging one per cent of salaries to charity.