Argentine International and Barcelona Icon, Lionel Messi has made history by winning the Ballon d’Or for the sixth time.
He won the 2019 Ballon d’Or ahead of Van Dijk and Cristiano Ronaldo. Messi had previously won the award in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015.
Champions League winner ,Van Dijk finished ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo with Sadio Mane and Mo Salah placing 4th and 5th.
Dutch centre-back ,Van Dijk hoped to be the first defender named best player on the planet since Italy’s Fabio Cannavaro in 2006.
Messi’s win indicates that Ballon d’Or award has been won by a player from Spain’s LaLiga in each of the past eleven years.
‘Ten years ago, I received my first Ballon d’Or guided by my three brothers. And today I receive my sixth,guided by my wife and children. As my wife explained, you must never stop dreaming but always work to improve and continue to enjoy. I am very lucky, I am blessed’, Messi said.