Messi named footballer of the year for record seventh time, Putelas best female player

Paris, Nov 30 (AP) Lionel Messi has won the Ballon d’Or award for footballer of the year for a record seventh time after his stellar performance last season with Barcelona and winning his first international title with Argentina.

In the women’s section, Alexia Putelas won the award on the basis of her excellent performances for Barcelona and Spain.

Argentina won the Copa America title in July on the back of the 34-year-old Messi’s stellar performance.

After winning the prize, Messi said with the help of the translator, “I am very happy. It feels good to keep fighting for new titles.

He said, “Don’t know how many years are left but hopefully there is a lot of time.” I want to thank all the fellow players in Barcelona and Argentina.

Messi had 613 points while Poland striker Robert Lewandowski came second with 580 points.

Messi said, “I want to say to Robert that it is an honor to be your opponent. Everyone will say that you deserved it last year.

The award is given annually by the French football magazine Ballon d’Or to the best male footballer since 1956. It is also being given in the women’s category since 2018. Both the awards were not given in 2020 due to the corona pandemic.

Lewandowski scored a record 41 goals in the Bundesliga in one season, one goal more than German legend Gerd Müller. He scored in 19 consecutive appearances for Bayern Munich from February to September. He has scored 25 goals in 20 matches for Bayern this season.

Chelsea and Italy midfielder Jorginho finished third, while Real Madrid and French forward Karim Benzema finished fourth.

Putelas scored 26 goals in 42 matches this year. He also scored in the Champions League final against Chelsea. She was also UEFA’s best female player.

“It’s a very special moment,” he said. I have become very emotional. I want to thank my fellow players.

Messi has two more awards than Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo finished sixth.

Messi has scored a total of 672 goals for Barcelona. In his last season he scored 38 goals and also won the Copa del Rey final. He scored four goals and five assists in the Copa America.

He now plays for Paris Saint-Germain for whom he has scored four goals in nine matches so far.

AP Mona

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