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Lionel Messi will win the Ballon d’Or, reports claim

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Hints keep coming in that the Argentine will lift the trophy on Monday

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Lionel Messi will win a sixth Ballon d’Or on Monday, according to reports coming from Barcelona. Francesc Aguilar, the journalist who voted on behalf of Spain for many years although no longer, said that a delegation from France Football has already spoken with the Argentine and told him he was the winner.

Pascal Ferré and Thierry Marchand, editor-in-chief and editor of the magazine which gives the award, were said to be in Barcelona yesterday to meet with Messi. They brought along a team to interview him and take pictures in preparation for a magazine cover commemorating his win, or so they say.

In addition, Pep Morata, a photographer for Mundo Deportivo, posted a picture of Messi holding the award with the caption, “Leo poses with the first of his six Ballon d’Ors [...] Messi will be the next winner.”

This comes after a sponsor of the award tweeted that Messi would be “present” at the gala. Fans saw the confirmation of Messi attending as a sign he had won, which caused the account, Parions Sport, to back off and insist they did not know if he would be present “in person.”

Messi already won FIFA’s version of the prize, The Best award, this year. His main competition for France Football’s trophy is thought to be Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk,