PSG’s Lionel Messi, his wife Antonela Roccuzzo and their sons Thiago, Matteo and Ciro arrive for the 65th Ballon d’Or ceremony at the Theater du Chatelet in Paris last night.
Lionel Messi has a Ceremony in Paris to win the seventh Ballon d’Or of the men of his illustrious career.
The Paris St. Germain striker prevailed against Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski and Chelsea midfielder Jorginho.
Spanish midfielder Alexia Putellas won the women’s Ballon d’Or after winning league, cup and Champions League triples with Barcelona.
The 27-year-old’s Barca teammate, Jennifer Hermoso, came second, followed by Chelsea striker Sam Kerr and Arsenal striker Vivianne Miedema fourth.
The Argentine international Messi won his first Copa America title with his country during the year and was LaLiga top scorer with 30 goals the season 202 0/21 when Barcelona finished third.
The 34-year-old also helped Barca win the Copa del Rey before joining PSG in the summer.
He had the honor for the sixth time in 2019 received in record time – one before Cristiano Ronaldo – before the 2020 awards were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. “It’s incredible to be back,” Messi said, according to Marca. “Two years ago I said it was my last years and I didn’t know what was going to happen and now I’m back here.
” After that, they started asking me when I was going to retire and today I am in Paris. I am very happy and very excited, eager to keep fighting for new challenges.
“I don’t know how much I have left, but I hope it’s a lot because I Love that. Sometimes I have won this award and always felt that something was missing.
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“I was feeling a little discouraged and this year I was able to achieve the dream I wanted so much after fighting and going through many falls.
Previously, Manchester United striker Ronaldo had – the fifth was – rejected claims by French journalist Pascal Ferre that his main goal is to end his career with more Ballon d’Or wins than Messi.
Ronaldo did not attend the event on Monday at the Theater du Chatelet in the French capital, however, Ferre, the editor of France Football, the organizer of the Ballon d’Or, replied on social media.
“Pascal Ferre lied, he used my name to refer to himself and promote the publication he works for, “wrote Portugal international Ronaldo on Instagram.
” It is unacceptable that the person responsible for awarding such a prestigious award should a He lies in this way, with total disrespect to someone who has always respected France Football and the Ballon d’Or. “
The 33-year-old Polish international Lewandowski, who was widely expected to win last year , finished second after scoring 38 goals in 30 league games for Bayern in 2021, on top of winning the Bundesliga.
Regarding Lewandowski, Messi said: “You deserve your Ballon d’Or. Last year everyone agreed that you were the winner. I think France Football should give you your Ballon d’Or. You have to have him in your house. “
Meanwhile, after a year helping Italy glory at the belated Euro 2020, Jorginho finished third after winning the Champions League trophy with Chelsea in May Manchester City striker Raheem Sterling was the top ranked English player in the Men’s Awards, finishing in 15th place, while compatriots Mason Mount, Harry Kane and Phil Foden finished 19th, 23rd and 25th .
Fran Kirby from Chelsea FC was the best placed English player for the women’s award and finished 10th. The winner Putellas, who finished the 2020/21 season as the highest-scoring midfielder in Europe with 26 goals in all competitions, received the award from Kylian Mbappe.
“I want to thank all of the teammates I’ve met in my career, but especially the ones I have right now,” she said. “It’s an individual award, but it’s a collective achievement like that feel i ch es. “
Barcelona and Spain midfielder Pedri won the Kopa Trophy, the award given to the top performing player under the age of 21.
The 19-year-old became midfielder Jude Bellingham, just ahead of England and Borussia Dortmund while Manchester United’s Mason Greenwood was fifth and Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka sixth.
Gianluigi Donnarumma from Italy and PSG won the Yashin Trophy as Goalkeeper of the Year, while Lewandowski – his 41 Bundesliga goals in the 2020/21 season – Gerd Müller long-term season record broke – was named striker of the year.
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