Barcelona superstar, Lionel Messi has beaten out Liverpool giant Virgil van Dijk to claim the Ballon d’Or for the sixth time.
The Argentine came four places from his 2018 ranking as he beat runner-up Van Dijk and third-placed Cristiano Ronaldo to the most prestigious individual accolade in European club football.
Messi’s win, announced at a Paris ceremony, is his first since 2015, moving him one ahead of Ronaldo, a long-time rival.
Twelve months ago, Luka Modric ended the pair’s monopoly, but even a Liverpool defender Van Dijk Champions League triumph failed to prevent Messi from reclaiming it again this time
The brilliant Argentina international continues to uphold near-unparalleled standards a decade on from his maiden Ballon d’Or victory.
Messi’s winner against Atletico Madrid on Sunday was his 41st goal in 44 club appearances in 2019.
He has added 15 assists in that time and was LaLiga’s top scorer last term as Barca cruised to the title.
In September, Messi was named The Best FIFA Men’s Player for 2019, with Van Dijk in second spot and Ronaldo third.