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Ballon d’Or 2019: Lionel Messi and Megan Rapinoe win awards

• Barcelona’s Messi picks up sixth Ballon d’Or
• Rapinoe takes award, with England’s Lucy Bronze second

Argentina’s Barcelona forward Lionel Messi claimed the men’s Ballon d’Or award for a record sixth time on Monday, with Megan Rapinoe winning the women’s Ballon d’Or after leading the United States to a record-extending fourth World Cup title in France this year.

The 32-year-old Messi, who lifted the coveted trophy in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015, beat Liverpool’s Champions League winner Virgil van Dijk in a vote of international journalists. Cristiano Ronaldo was third and Liverpool’s Senegal forward Sadio Mané fourth.

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