Paris - Lionel Messi conceded winning the Copa America with Argentina may have been the deciding variable in him guaranteeing the men's Ballon d'Or prize for the seventh time following a fierce year, as Spain's Alexia Putellas took the ladies' honor.
Presently 34, Messi pipped much-liked adversaries like Robert Lewandowski and Karim Benzema to take the honor in a sparkling service on Monday in Paris, the city he currently calls home in the wake of leaving childhood club Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain in August.
Notwithstanding his weepy farewell from Barcelona and his moderately disappointing beginning to life in France, the jury of columnists from around the world compensated him specifically for captaining Argentina to their first significant global title beginning around 1993.
"Two years prior I thought I was coming into my last years however here I am again back here," said Messi, who won the last release of the Ballon d'Or in 2019 preceding last year's honors were dropped because of the pandemic.
Messi additionally won in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and in 2015.
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