Messi, won the award at a ceremony at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, beating Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski and Chelsea’s Jorginho. Other top contenders for the award included Liverpool’s Mohammed Salah and Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo.
During the year, Messi inspired Argentina to their first Copa America title since 1993 and won the Spanish Copa del Rey with Barcelona before joining Paris Saint-Germain last summer.
Other winners at the award included Bayern Munich’s Polish forward Robert Lewandowski, who won the Striker of the Year – one of the two new awards introduced by France Football for this year’s Ballon d’Or. Lewandowski scored an incredible 41 goals in 29 Bundesliga games last season while he has scored 14 goals in his first 13 Bundesliga outings this season.
FC Barcelona’s Spanish midfielder Alexia Putellas won the women’s Ballon d’Or award, the third woman to win the award. The 27-year-old captained her club to win the Champions League title last season and won a treble with the winning of the Spanish league and cup titles last season. She was recently named UEFA Player of the Year and also.
Paris Saint-Germain’s Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma won the Yashin Trophy for best goalkeeper during the ceremony. The goalkeeper helped Italy win Euro 2020, earning the Player of the Tournament award for his efforts. The Italian won the Yashin Trophy ahead of Chelsea and Senegal’s Edouard Mendy.
Barcelona youngster Pedri was also named winner of the Kopa Trophy, the award for best performing player under the age of 21. Pedri, who recently won the Golden Boy prize, finished 24th in this year’s Ballon d’Or.