Paris St-Germain and Argentina forward Lionel Messi has won the 2021 Ballon d’Or – awarded to the best footballer of the year – for a record seventh time.
Messi, 34, helped his country win the Copa America, his first international honour, and has scored 40 goals in 2021 – 28 for Barcelona, four for Paris St-Germain and eight for Argentina.
Bayern Munich and Poland striker Robert Lewandowski came second, Chelsea and Italy midfielder Jorginho was third and Real Madrid’s French striker Karim Benzema finished fourth.
Robert Lewandowski has also won the maiden edition of the ‘Striker of the Year’ award at the Ballon d’Or ceremony.
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