PARIS: Lionel Messi collected his seventh Ballon d’Or award at a glittering 2021 ceremony in Paris this evening.
The annual football award, presented by French magazine France Football, was cancelled last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but will return tonight to the delight of footballers and fans across the world.
Winning the Copa America with Argentina pulled things in the Argentine's favor.
Award results came as follows: -Team of the year: Chelsea.
-Striker of the year: Robert Lewandowski.
-Yashin Trophy (best goalkeeper in the world): Gianluigi Donnarumma.
-Kopa Trophy (best player in the world under the age of 21): Pedri.
-Ballon d'Or Féminin (best female player in the world): Alexia Putellas.
-Ballon d'Or (best male player in the world): Lionel Messi.
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