Argentine football great Lionel Messi created history by winning the Ballon d’Or for the 7th time late on Monday night. He defeated Robert Lewandowski of Polish (Bayern Munich Club) and Georgina (Chelsea) of Italy for this annual award for the best player in the world of football. In this way, he has gone several miles ahead of Portugal’s star striker Cristiano Ronaldo in terms of winning the most Ballons d’Or.
34-year-old Messi now has 7 awards to his name, while 36-year-old Ronaldo has won this honour 5 times. Messi, who arrived at PSG from Barcelona, won the Best Player of the Year award for the first time in 2009. He won this title in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2019 and now in 2021.
Messi, who won this trophy leaving behind all the world’s stalwarts, felt that 2019 would be the last year of his reign. He said, “It is wonderful to receive this honour. Two years ago I thought this would be the last one”.
Let us tell you that Messi and Ronaldo have won this award a total of 12 times since 2008. This shows that these two players are dominating the world of football.
Not only this, Messi was also ranked second 5 times in 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017, while it happened 6 times with Ronaldo (2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2018). On the other hand, this trophy in the women’s category was won by Alexia Putellas of Spain. He was instrumental in making Barcelona the winner of the Champions League. Alexia was nominated for the first time.