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The Ballon d'Or is the most prestigious individual award given to players who have excelled in the sport of football on the European continent. It is a football France award event that takes place every year.
Lionel Messi of Paris Saint-Germain has won the Ballon d'Or award for the year. Lionel Messi of Argentina earned his seventh Ballon d'Or award, beating out Polish international and Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski, who came in second.
During the summer transfer window, Lionel Messi moved from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain, where he scored 24 goals in 23 league games and led Argentina to the Copa America triumph.
Meanwhile, Chelsea's Jorginho -3 and Real Madrid's Karim Benzema finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the top five players.
The Argentine is the first player in history to win the Ballon D'Or a record-tying seventh time.
As Lionel Messi wins his 7th Ballon d'Or, there are two things that could happen to Cristiano Ronaldo.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo may retire from football without winning as many Ballon D'Or awards as Lionel Messi.
The Portuguese international has won the award a record five times, and he is already 37, so he has a few years before retiring, and he may not be able to reach Lionel Messi's record of winning the Ballon d'Or for the seventh time.
Except for Lionel Messi, no player in the history of the round robin game had ever won the honor a record sixth or seventh time.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo's current Manchester United squad is lacking in terms of understanding and playing well with the Portuguese to help him compete for the Ballon D'Or prize next season.
Ronaldo may still be in contention for the Ballon d'Or now that German strategist Ralf Rangnick has been named as United's temporary manager, and he may be able to assist the Portuguese in improving his game this season.
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