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Lionel Messi claims record sixth men's Ballon d'Or, Rapinoe wins women's award


Lionel Messi claims record sixth men's Ballon d'Or, Rapinoe wins women's award


Lionel Messi claimed a record sixth men's Ballon d'Or award on Dec 2, beating Liverpool's four leading nominees to claim soccer's most prestigious individual trophy.

He beats Virgil van Dijk, the runner-up, and third-placed Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal, who has won the Ballon d'Or award five times.

Megan Rapinoe won the women's Ballon d'Or after leading US to a record-extending fourth World Cup title.

The 34-year-old midfielder, the standout player at June-July tournament, succeeded Norway’s Ada Hegerberg.