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Lionel Messi, Megan Rapinoe win Ballon d Or 2019 awards

Barcelona striker Lionel Messi claimed a record sixth Ballon d Or award while USA women s World Cup superstar Megan Rapinoe picked up the coveted accolade for the second time here on Monday.Messi, who last won the Ballon d Or in 2015, moved one ahead of Christiano Ronaldo after the pair had won five awards each. It was Croatia s Luka Modric who was bestowed with the title last year after ending a decade-long dominance between two celebrated football icons.The Argentine superstar finished fifth in last term s rankings and was in red-hot form for Barcelona, hitting 40 strikes this calendar year and registering a further 17 assists to boot, Goal.com reported.Messi also won a tenth La Liga trophy and a Supercopa de Espana title. However, his team was denied a victory in the Copa del Rey final as they lost to Valencia by 1-2 and was battered 4-0 at Anfield by a rampaging Liverpool, who went on to claim the Champions League trophy.The 32-year-old finished as the top scorer in both La Liga ..


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