Messi wins the sixth Golden Ball while Rapinoe takes the women's prize

Paris, December 2, 2019 (AFP) - Lionel messi won a record of the sixth male Golden Ball at a ceremony in Paris on Monday night, while the US World Cup superstar. UU. claimed the female prize. Rapinoe was not at the Chatelet Theater in the French capital, unable to make the trip back to the country where he led the United States to victory in July. However, Messi was there with his wife, Antonella Roccuzzo, and two of his children. Now 32, he is Messi's first Golden Ball since 2015 and his sixth place in the overall standings, as he is ahead of his old Christian rival. Ronaldo . 10 years ago I won my first Golden Ball here in Paris and I remember coming here with my three brothers, I was 22 years old and everything was unthinkable for me for what I was going through, Messi said on stage after receiving the winner's prize from last year Luka modric . Now, 10 years after this is my sixth, at a very different time, very special in my personal life with my wife and three children. - Van Dijk comes second - The number 10 in Barcelona won the prize, organized by France Football magazine and voted by a panel of journalists from all over the world, from the Liverpool defender , with Ronaldo third. It is the first time since 2010 that Ronaldo - who last won the Ballon d'Or in 2017 - has failed to rank in the top two. Having starred in the Liverpool team that won the Champions League, Van Dijk finished second behind Messi, as he did in the vote for the FIFA equivalent prize, The Best, in September. Unfortunately, there are a couple of players like him who are a bit unnatural. Six times Ballon d'Or, you must also respect greatness, said Van Dijk. Van Dijk was one of Liverpool's four players in the top 10, with Sadio Mane fourth, fifth and goalkeeper Alisson seventh. The latter won a new prize for the goalkeeper of the year, named for the former USSR icon Lev Yashin. Messi has scored 46 goals in 54 games so far in 2019, and scored 36 times in total in 34 La Liga games last season when Barcelona won the title. He did not enjoy a successful Copa América with Argentina, but he was also the top scorer in the Champions League last season with 12 goals. As if it were necessary to remember his brilliance, Sunday marked a wonderful late winner for Barcelona against Atlético de Madrid. - 'Amazing year' for Rapinoe - This is only the second year that a female Golden Ball has been awarded, voted by a smaller panel of 48 journalists, and Rapinoe succeeds Norway. as the winner The prolific Hegerberg starred when Lyon won the Champions League again, but his self-imposed exile from his national team prevented him from participating in the World Cup. Rapinoe, meanwhile, was the star of that tournament on and off the field. He won the Golden Boot for the top scorer, with six goals, and the Golden Ball for the best player. Rapinoe scored the first goal from the penalty spot when the United States beat Holland 2-0 in the final. But the 34-year-old feminist icon made headlines with her open criticism of the president of the United States. Donald Trump during the tournament and when directing calls so that your team receives the same payment as your male counterparts. It has been an incredible year, Rapinoe said in a recorded video message. I want to greatly thank my teammates, the coaches, the US Football Federation. UU. For all the support that allows me to be who I am and do what I do in the field, but also to be the person I am out of the field. Rapinoe was one of four members of the American team that lifted the World Cup to be nominated for the award, along with Tobin Heath , and Alex Morgan , which finished third on Monday. From England , who won the Champions League with Lyon before reaching the semifinals of the World Cup with his country, losing to the United States, was second in the Golden Ball. triumphed as the winner del Trofeo Kopa para el mejor jugador menor de 21 años. The defender starred in the Ajax side who reached the Champions League semi-finals and won the Dutch title, before joining Juventus in the close season. as/pb AFC AJAX JUVENTUS FOOTBALL CLUB This story has not been edited by The Times of India and is auto–generated from a syndicated feed we subscribe to.(This story has not been edited by and is auto–generated from a syndicated feed we subscribe to.)