Lionel Messi crowned 2019 Ballon d’Or winner breaks ties with his arch-rival, Cristiano Ronaldo

Lionel Messi crowned 2019 Ballon d’Or winner breaks ties with his arch-rival, Cristiano Ronaldo

Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi scooped up his sixth Ballon d’Or trophy, finally surpassing Cristiano Ronaldo on five.

Messi  beat Liverpool’s Netherlands centre-back Virgil van Dijk into 2nd place, whilst his long-time rival Cristiano Ronaldo was third in the voting, with Liverpool forward Sadio Mane fourth.

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah finished fifth, followed by PSG’s Kylian Mbappe, while Salah’s team-mate Alisson Becker was in seventh.

Van Dijk’s Liverpool team-mate Alisson won the inaugural Yashin Trophy for the best goalkeeper, ahead of Barca’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Manchester City No 1 Ederson.

Ballon d'Or messi

2019 Ballon d’Or top 10

10. Riyad Mahrez

9. Bernardo Silva

8. Robert Lewandowski

7. Alisson Becker

6. Kylian Mbappe

5. Mohamed Salah

4. Sadio Mane

3. Cristiano Ronaldo

2. Virgil van Dijk

1. Lionel Messi

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