Ballon d'Or 2019: Barcelona superstar Messi wins for record sixth time

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Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo is some way off Messi, sitting fourth with just 133 points.

Below, with the help of Opta data, we have scrutinised the numbers behind each of the years Messi has been named the world's best.

So far this season Ronaldo has scored 6 league goals and 1 in the Champions League.

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Holland worldwide Van Dijk, a cornerstone of Liverpool's Champions League success last season and UEFA Player of the Year, came second to Messi in the voting for FIFA World Player of the Year in September.

The Argentinian struck 54 goals for club and country in the 2018-19 season.

Still, at the age of 23, Messi had already been crowned world player of the year twice - with plenty more in store. His sixth in his career which pushes him ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo for the most Ballon D'Or's for any player.

Netherlands midfielder Frenkie de Jong-who is also on the 30-man Ballon d'Or shortlist-has the rare experience of having played alongside Messi and second-favourite Van Dijk.

On Saturday Van Dijk scored two in a tough win over Brighton, a fantastic contribution from a centre-back, and keeps Liverpool firmly at the top of the table.

Messi won Spain's Liga title with Barca this year and led Argentina to third place at the Copa America in July.

"It was a really good performance but we had to work really hard".

Already established as one of the all-time greats, the Barcelona number 10 received 41.33 percent of the vote, ahead of Ronaldo with 27.76 percent and Brazilian star Neymar with 7.86 percent.

"It was an wonderful year, but there's a couple of players like that who are a bit unnatural", the Dutchman said. Overall, he finished the 2018/19 campaign with 51 goals and 22 assists in 50 games.

Van Dijk clinched the 2019 Champions League crown with the Reds after defeating Messi's Barcelona in the semifinals 4-3 on aggregate, included a 4-0 win at Anfield in the return match. He was presented with the award by last year's victor Kylian Mbappe.

And all the signs are that he's not done yet...

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