Lionel Messi has gained the seventh males’s Ballon d’Or of his illustrious profession at a ceremony in Paris.
The Paris Saint-Germain ahead noticed off competitors from Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski and Chelsea midfielder Jorginho.
Spain midfielder Alexia Putellas took dwelling the women’s Ballon d’Or after successful a league, cup and Champions League treble with Barcelona.
The 27-year-old’s Barca team-mate Jennifer Hermoso was second, with Chelsea ahead Sam Kerr third and Arsenal striker Vivianne Miedema fourth.Argentina worldwide Messi claimed a maiden Copa America title along with his nation through the yr and was high scorer in La Liga for the 2020-21 season with 30 objectives as Barcelona completed third.
The 34-year-old additionally helped Barca win the Copa del Rey earlier than transferring to PSG in the summertime.
He had collected the honour for a document sixth time in 2019 – one forward of Cristiano Ronaldo – earlier than the awards had been cancelled in 2020 as a result of coronavirus pandemic.
Earlier, Manchester United ahead Ronaldo – who got here fifth – dismissed claims from French journalist Pascal Ferre that his predominant goal is to complete his profession with extra Ballon d’Or wins than Messi.
Ronaldo didn’t attend Monday’s occasion on the Theatre du Chatelet within the French capital however responded to Ferre, the editor of France Football – organisers of the Ballon d’Or, on social media.
“Pascal Ferre lied, he used my title to advertise himself and to advertise the publication he works for,” Portugal worldwide Ronaldo posted on Instagram.
“It is unacceptable that the particular person chargeable for awarding such a prestigious prize may lie on this approach, in absolute disrespect for somebody who has all the time revered France Football and the Ballon d’Or.”
Poland worldwide Lewandowski, 33, who was extensively anticipated to win final yr, completed second after scoring 38 objectives in 30 league video games for Bayern in 2021, along with successful the Bundesliga.
Meanwhile, Jorginho completed third after a yr by which he helped Italy to glory on the delayed Euro 2020 after lifting the Champions League trophy with Chelsea in May.
Chelsea additionally gained the membership of the yr award.
Manchester City ahead Raheem Sterling was the highest-ranked England participant for the boys’s award, ending fifteenth, with compatriots Mason Mount, Harry Kane and Phil Foden nineteenth, twenty third and twenty fifth respectively.
Chelsea’s Fran Kirby was the highest-ranked England participant for the women’s award, ending tenth.
Barcelona and Spain midfielder Pedri gained the Kopa Trophy, the award introduced to the best-performing participant underneath the age of 21.
The 19-year-old was chosen instantly forward of England and Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham, whereas Manchester United’s Mason Greenwood was fifth and Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka sixth.
Gianluigi Donnarumma of Italy and PSG gained the Yashin Trophy as goalkeeper of the yr, whereas Lewandowski – whose 41 Bundesliga objectives within the 2020-21 marketing campaign broke Gerd Muller’s long-standing season document – was topped striker of the yr.