SEE FULL LIST: Messi beats Lewandowski to win record seventh Ballon d’Or


Lionel Messi has beaten Robert Lewandowski to claim a record seventh men’s Ballon d’Or award.

The award ceremony, which returned after a year’s hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, was held at the Théâtre du Chatelet in Paris, France yesterday evening.

The Paris Saint-Germain forward ended his long wait for a major international trophy when he helped Argentina win the Copa America in the summer.

He also guided Barcelona to Copa del Rey glory before moving to the French capital in August.

Lewandowski, however, won the maiden ‘Striker of the Year’ award – one of the two new awards introduced by France Football in 2021.

In the women’s category, Alexia Putellas, Barcelona’s midfielder, clinched the Ballon d’Or to become the third woman to achieve the feat.

The 27-year-old captained her club to the Champions League title last season, ending Lyon’s five-year reign.

Full list of winners:

Men’s Ballon d’Or: Lionel Messi
Women’s Ballon d’Or: Alexia Putellas
Kopa Trophy: Pedri
Yashin Trophy: Gianluigi Donnarumma
Best Striker of the Year: Robert Lewandowski
Best Club: Chelsea

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