Lionel Messi clinched the Ballon de’ Or 2019 for the sixth time in his career and overtook his arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk last night in Paris. Needless to say that the Barcelona star was congratulated by his fans from all over the world. This also included the greats from football fraternity. Former Manchester United player David Beckham, Brazilian great Ronaldo and a few others. Messi attended the ceremony with his family just after scoring 614 goals for the Catalan giants whereas Cristiano Ronaldo skipped the ceremony. Lionel Messi Wins Sixth Ballon d'Or in Paris, Megan Rapinoe Takes Women's Prize.
Last year it was Luka Modric who won the Ballon de’ Or 2018 breaking the duopoly of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Now Leo Messi shared the picture of himself with his kids and wife Antonella Roccuzzo with the trophy. The family was obviously very happy with the gong and were all smiles for the snap. Needless to say, the football grates also praised and congratulated Messi for the honour.
Lionel Messi's Instagram post (Photo Credits: Instagram)
Here are a couple of tweets:
Messi wins his 6th Ballon d’Or. His numbers this year are once again truly extraordinary. He’s head and shoulders the best player in world football. He plays a game that is both joyous and incomprehensible to mere mortals. The award is totally meritorious. 👏🏻👏🏻
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) December 2, 2019
The Ballon d'Or once again goes to the greatest player of all time. Football and Barça celebrate another wonderful achievement. Congratulations Leo! https://t.co/Szqngpl5Vv
— Josep Maria Bartomeu (@jmbartomeu) December 2, 2019
After winning the award, Messi said, "I hope to continue for a long time.I realize that I am very lucky, even if, one day, retirement will come. It will be difficult. But I still have a lot of good years ahead of me. Time goes by very quickly, so I want to enjoy football and my family."