Lionel Messi has won the Ballon d'Or for a sixth time, more than any player in history.
The Barcelona star moved ahead of great rival Cristiano Ronaldo to take outright ownership of the record, seeing off Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk and Juventus' Ronaldo. The Argentinian struck 54 goals for club and country in the 2018-19 season.
The 32-year-old held off the challenge of Holland centre-back Van Dijk, whose performances helped Liverpool to the Champions League title.
Van Dijk could have been the first defender to lift the Ballon d'Or since Italy's Fabio Cannavaro in 2006, but Messi meant he had to settle for second place.
Ballon d'Or winners list 2019 in full
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4) Sadio Mane
10) Riyad Mahrez
11) Frenkie de Jong
12) Raheem Sterling
13) Eden Hazard
14) Kevin De Bruyne
15) Matthijs de Ligt
16) Sergio Aguero
17) Roberto Firmino
22) Heung-min Son
23) Hugo Lloris
Shortlist positions still to be confirmed
|Robert Lewandowski||Bayern Munich|
|Riyad Mahrez||Man City|
|Bernardo Silva||Man City|
|Virgil van Dijk||Liverpool|