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Lionel Messi’s Ballon d’Or win was by a mere seven points

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Virgil van Dijk ran the GOAT close

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Barcelona’s Lionel Messi was crowned Ballon d’Or winner for the sixth time on Monday. His win came at the expense of Liverpool and Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk who came in second ahead of Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo in third place.

As it turns out, the vote to crown Messi the winner of the prestigious award was much closer than expected. Messi won the award by only seven points.

The total vote points given to Messi were 686 points. Virgil tallied 679 while Ronaldo grabbed 476. Coming in fourth was Sadio Mane with 347 with Mohamed Salah behind him at 178 points.