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Ballon d'Or LIVE RESULTS: Lionel Messi wins for SEVENTH time, Cristiano Ronaldo down in sixth, top ten revealed

LIONEL MESSI has won an unprecedented seventh Ballon d'Or.

The Argentine edged out Robert Lewandowski and Chelsea's Jorginho, who came third.

Messi's great rival Cristiano Ronaldo, who did not attend the ceremony, finished down in sixth place.

That marks the first time the Portugal captain has finished outside the top three since 2010.

Barcelona's Pedri has been announced as winner of the Kopa Trophy, honouring the world's best young player, and Lewandowski has won the new Striker of the Year award.

Meanwhile Alexia Petellas of Barcelona won the Women's Ballon d'Or.

Ballon d'or top 10

  1. LIONEL MESSI
  2. Robert Lewandowski
  3. Jorginho
  4. Karim Benzema
  5. N'Golo Kante
  6. Cristiano Ronaldo
  7. Mo Salah
  8. Kevin de Bruyne
  9. Kylian Mbappe
  10. Gianluigi Donnarumma

Get all the latest football news, updates and transfer gossip below…

  • Anthony Chapman

    STILL GOT IT

    Another superb evening for the one and only Messi.

    New club, new country, but some things never change…

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  • Anthony Chapman

    SIMPLY THE BEST

    He might be 34 years old but Messi shows no sign of slowing down.

    The legendary forward has now added another Ballon d'Or to his collection.

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    BALLON D'OR TOP TEN

    • 1st – Lionel Messi (PSG)
    • 2nd – Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
    • 3rd – Jorginho (Chelsea)
    • 4th – Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)
    • 5th – N'Golo Kante (Chelsea)
    • 6th – Cristiano Ronaldo (Man Utd)
    • 7th – Mo Salah (Liverpool)
    • 8th – Kevin De Bruyne (Man City)
    • 9th – Kylian Mbappe (PSG)
    • 10th – Gianluigi Donnarumma (PSG)
    • Anthony Chapman

      AND THE WINNER IS

      PSG and Argentina superstar LIONEL MESSI is the official 2021 Ballon d'Or winner!

      Messi pipped Bayern Munich and Germany striker ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI to the top prize.

      It is Messi's seventh Ballon d'Or win, putting him two clear of Cristiano Ronaldo.

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      NUMBER DON

      Gianluigi Donnarumma is officially the world's top goalkeeper.

      The ace was presented with his Yachine Trophy award by host Didier Drogba.

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      CLUB OF THE YEAR

      European champions Chelsea have been crowned Club of the Year at the Ballon d'Or ceremony after having 11 players nominated.

      Thomas Tuchel famously led his team to the Champions League just months after taking charge.

      Meanwhile, Chelsea Women won yet another league title and were finalists in the Women's Champions League.

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      BALLON D'OR COUNTDOWN

      Chelsea and France star N'GOLO KANTE has finished 5th this year.

      International teammate and Real Madrid striker KARIM BENZEMA ends up in 4th spot.

      And Chelsea and Italy playmaker JORGINHO takes home 3rd.

      That leaves just Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski!

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      TOP PRIZE

      Barcelona midfielder Alexia Putellas took home the top women's prize at tonight's ceremony.

      She was joined on stage by her mother and sister in heartwarming scenes.

      And PSG ace Kylian Mbappe presented Putellas with her deserved award.

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      YACHINE TROPHY – FINAL STANDS

      • 1st: Gianluigi Donnarumma (PSG)
      • 2nd: Edouard Mendy (Chelsea)
      • 3rd: Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid)
      • 4th: Ederson (Man City)
      • 5th: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)
      • 6th: Emi Martinez (Aston Villa)
      • 7th: Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester)
      • 8th: Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid)
      • 9th: Keylor Navas (PSG)
      • 10th: Samir Handanovic (Inter Milan)
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        YACHINE WINNER

        Gianluigi Donnarumma has been awarded the Yachine Trophy for Best Goalkeeper.

        The PSG ace was Player of the Tournament as he led Italy to Euro 2020 glory.

        Donnarumma also helped AC Milan return to the Champions League before sealing a free transfer to the French capital.

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        BALLON D'OR COUNTDOWN

        Man City and Belgium star KEVIN DE BRUYNE has finished 8th in the rankings.

        In 7th is Liverpool and Egypt ace MO SALAH.

        And Man Utd's Portuguese striker CRISTIANO RONALDO takes 6th.

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        WOMEN'S WINNER

        Spain and Barcelona star Alexia Putellas has been crowned the 2021 Women's Ballon d'Or winner.

        She saw off teammate Jennifer Hermoso and Chelsea's Australian ace Sam Kerr to take the top prize.

        Arsenal's Vivienne Miedema came 4th, with Dutch star Lieke Martens 5th.

      • Anthony Chapman

        EYES ON PRIZE

        Pedri and Robert Lewandowski are tonight's winners so far.

        And the race for the top prize is heating up, with more names set to be announced shortly.

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      • Anthony Chapman

        BALLON D'OR COUNTDOWN

        The next two names on the Ballon d'Or list have been revealed.

        PSG and Italy goalkeeper GIANLUIGI DONNARUMMA has finished in 10th.

        While PSG teammate and France star KYLIAN MBAPPE has taken 9th place.

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        STRIKE FORCE

        Robert Lewandowski has won the inaugural Best Striker award.

        The Bayern Munich star broke Gerd Muller's Bundesliga record with 41 goals last season.

        This term, Lewandowski has 25 goals in 20 matches across all club competitions.

        And he has also netted 11 times in 12 games for Poland this year, making for an incredible 60 goals in 2021.

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        KOPA TROPHY – FINAL STANDINGS

        • 1st: Pedri (Barcelona)
        • 2nd: Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund)
        • 3rd: Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich)
        • 4th: Nuno Mendes (PSG)
        • 5th: Mason Greenwood (Man Utd)
        • 6th: Bukayo Saka (Arsenal)
        • 7th: Florian Wirtz (Bayer Leverkusen)
        • 8th: Ryan Gravenberch (Ajax)
        • Joint-9th: Jeremy Doku (Stade Rennais) & Giovanni Reyna (Borussia Dortmund)

        KOPA WINNER

        Barcelona's Pedri has won the first award of the night, being crowned Best Youngster with the Kopa Trophy.

        The Spain international beat English duo Jude Bellingham and Mason Greenwood to the award.

        It caps a fine night for Pedri, with the playmaker also finishing 24th in the Ballon d'Or standings despite being just 19 years old.

        FAN FAVOURITE

        UK punters have bet over £5million on this year’s Ballon d’Or.

        And PSG star Lionel Messi is the 2/5 favourite to win the award, with 44% of all bets placed on him

        BritishGambler.co.uk also revealed 23% of all bets have been placed on Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, who is 3/1 to win the award for the first time.

        But Chelsea’s Jorginho is only 33/1 in spite of winning both the Euros and the Champions League, with only 2% of bets placed on the Italy midfielder.

        STAR ATTRACTION

        The main 2021 Ballon d'Or event is set to get underway, and football's biggest names have been arriving in Paris.

        This year's favourite Lionel Messi arrived with wife Antonella Roccuzzo and their three children.

        Robert Lewandowski, who was set to win last year before the show was cancelled due to Covid, was flanked by wife Anna.

        And Kylian Mbappe showed up with his father Wilfried.



        ONE AND LEONLY

        Lionel Messi boasts more Ballon d'Or crowns than anyone else in football – including arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo.

        The Argentine, 34, has won the most-prestigious individual crown in football SIX times to the Manchester United star's five.

        But how did former Barcelona wizard Messi – now at Paris Saint-Germain – win his six crowns?

        TAKE A LOOK HERE

        TEN TO ONE

        Just ten names left to go… but who will be victorious this year?

        • Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)
        • Kevin De Bruyne (Man City)
        • Gianluigi Donnarumma (PSG)
        • Jorginho (Chelsea)
        • N’Golo Kante (Chelsea)
        • Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
        • Kylian Mbappe (PSG)
        • Lionel Messi (PSG)
        • Cristiano Ronaldo (Man Utd)
        • Mo Salah (Liverpool)
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          RONNIE CONTINUED

          “I always want to congratulate those who win, within the sportsmanship and fair-play that have guided my career since the beginning, and I do it because I'm never against anyone. 

          “I always win for myself and for the clubs I represent, I win for myself and for those who love me. I don't win against anyone.

          “The biggest ambition of my career is to win national and international titles for the clubs I represent and for the national team in my country. 

          “The biggest ambition of my career is to be a good example for all those who are or want to be professional footballers. 

          “The biggest ambition of my career is to leave my name written in golden letters in the history of world football.

          |I will end by saying that my focus is already on Manchester United's next game and on everything that, together with my team-mates and our fans, we can still achieve this season. The rest? The rest is just the rest…”

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          RON RAGE

          Cristiano Ronaldo has unleashed a lengthy statement in Portuguese, appearing to take aim at the Ballon d’Or organisers.

          The Instagram post read: “Today's outcome explains why (editor-in-chief of France Football) Pascal Ferré's statements last week, when he stated that I confided in him that my only ambition was to finish my career with more Golden Balls than Lionel Messi.

          “Pascal Ferré lied, he used my name to promote himself and to promote the publication he works for. 

          “It is unacceptable that the person responsible for awarding such a prestigious prize could lie in this way, in absolute disrespect for someone who has always respected France Football and the Ballon d'Or. 

          “And he lied again today by justifying my absence from the Gala with an alleged quarantine that has no reason to exist.”

        • Anthony Chapman

          GETTING CLOSE

          Over half-way through the player rankings and the next list has been revealed…

          • 14th – Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus)
          • 13th – Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus)
          • 12th – Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea)
          • 11th – Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund)

          ERIKSEN NOD

          Barcelona star Dani Alves says Christian Eriksen should be given this year’s Ballon d’Or award after his Euro 2020 ordeal.

          Alves explained: “Eriksen deserves the Ballon d’Or this year for what he’s been through. 

          “It would be a strong message for the whole world of football, people would have more sensitivity.

          “Messi is the best, he has been for 20 years, but it would be nice for everyone if Eriksen won it.”

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