PARIS, 29th November, 2021 (WAM) -- Lionel Messi collected his seventh Ballon d'Or award at a glittering 2021 ceremony in Paris this evening.
The annual football award, presented by French magazine France Football, was cancelled last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but returned tonight to the delight of footballers and fans across the world.
Winning the Copa America with Argentina pulled things in the Argentine's favor.
Award results came as follows:
-Team of the year: Chelsea.
-Striker of the year: Robert Lewandowski.
-Yashin Trophy (best goalkeeper in the world): Gianluigi Donnarumma.
-Kopa Trophy (best player in the world under the age of 21): Pedri.
-Ballon d'Or Feminin (best female player in the world): Alexia Putellas.
-Ballon d'Or (best male player in the world): Lionel Messi.