Barcelona legend Lionel Messi made even more history by winning a record seventh Ballon d’Or on Monday.
The GOAT beat off competition from stars such as Robert Lewandowski, Jorginho, Karim Benzema and N’Golo Kante to scoop the Golden Ball.
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The former Barca captain was handed his award by his good friend Luis Suarez.
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Lewandowski didn’t end the night empty-handed. He picked up the striker of the year award as France Football came up with a couple of new prizes for 2021.
Messi also had some classy words of consolation for Lewandowski in his acceptance speech.
“Tell Robert that it is very special to have reached the final with him. Everyone agreed that last year you were the winner,” he said. “It couldn’t be done because of the pandemic, but I think you deserve to have this trophy at home.”
Messi ended last season by helping Barca win the Copa del Rey and scooping his eighth Pichichi award for being La Liga’s top scorer with 30 goals from 35 games.
He also broke even more records along the way. Pele’s mark of most goals for one club went, as did Gerd Muller’s record of scoring 30+ goals for 12 consecutive seasons. Messi even overtook Xavi’s record for most Barca apppearances.
The Argentine then headed off to the Copa America where he inspired his team to victory in Brazil and finally scooped a major honor at international level.
Of course it all went a bit wrong after that and Messi headed off to PSG. However, he’s already made it quite clear he’s determined to return to Barca once his time in France is up.