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Barcelona star Messi claims record sixth Ballon d'Or ahead of Van Dijk, Ronaldo

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi claimed a record sixth Ballon d'Or in Paris on Monday night ahead of Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk and Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Argentine moved one clear of Ronaldo after the pair had been locked on five awards each as he reclaimed the title he last won in 2015, with the Portuguese claiming the two subsequent gongs and Luka Modric surprisingly picking up the accolade last year to end the 10-year dominance of the two footballing icons.

This year's victor finished astonishingly fifth in last term's rankings and has come back with a vengeance this time around, producing a typically outstanding year in front of goal for Barca, hitting 40 strikes this calendar year and registering a further 17 assists to boot.