"Only in the world"

The press surrenders to Messi after winning his sixth Golden Ball. Olé titles with "Everything he touches is Gold" and La Gazzetta reminds Cristiano: "Messi has a Golden Ball more than Cristiano".


The world press surrenders to Messi after winning his sixth Golden Ball on Monday. The Argentine has become the player who has won the trophy the most times. The international media opened their headers with the prize that the Barca player received. Thus, L'Équipe titled with "Solo in the world", Olé with "Everything he touches is Gold", Globoesporte with "Another level" and La Gazzetta dello Sport recalled that it surpasses Cristiano: "Messi has one more Golden Ball that Christian ".

L'Equipe: "Only in the world"

The French newspaper highlights that Messi is the first to get six Golden Balls and surpasses Cristiano: "Lionel Messi became, at 32, the first player to win six times the Ballon d'Or on Monday This is one more than Cristiano, with whom he won the most prestigious individual soccer award for ten consecutive years until the victory of Croatian Luka Modric in 2018. Juventus Portuguese was third, while Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) took second place Messi, absent from the podium for the first time since 2006 last year (finished fifth), already won the trophy in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015.

Lionel Messi also fell in the semifinals of the Copa América with Argentina (against Brazil) but, since the beginning of his career, he has entertained crowds in most of the field where he has played. The six-time Golden Ball ended last season with many individual awards. He was the top scorer of LaLiga (36 goals) and the Champions League (12), the best player in LaLiga and Golden Boot. He also won the FIFA Award for Best Player of the Year 2019 ".

La Gazzetta dello Sport: "Messi has a Golden Ball more than Cristiano"

The Italian medium joins L'Équipe emphasizing that Messi surpasses Cristiano in Golden Balls and wins despite being eliminated by Liverpool players: "Sixth Golden Ball for Lionel Messi. One more than Cristiano, only third this year. Messi becomes the most successful in history even without (winning in 2019) the Champions League and despite the fact that since the last edition he has been defeated, in the semifinals, by Salah, Mané, Firmino, Alisson, Van Dijk, Wijnaldum and Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool, seven European champions, candidates and disillusioned in Paris, especially the great Egyptian architect of Jurgen Klopp's team triumph, who finished fifth Behind Mané, fourth, and especially Van Dijk, second, on the podium, however, Cristiano remains and loses a position compared to last year when Modric won. He did not appear even this Monday in Pa rís, for the awards ceremony ".

Daily Mail: "Messi defeats Van Dijk with Cristiano rejecting the Paris gala"

The British newspaper wonders what Van Dijk has to do to win the Golden Ball: "It was a night of mixed fortunes for Liverpool when defender Virgil van Dijk was overtaken in the Golden Ball 2019 by the six-time Lionel Messi winner, while Alisson Becker was crowned on Monday in Paris as the best goalkeeper in the world, but after transforming Jurgen Klopp's defense since his arrival at Anfield in December 2017, runner-up Van Dijk must ask himself what else he has to do to get first place. The defense said: "It shows a lot about how my career has been. My career has been different from that of the winner here, I was late, but never I gave up my dreams. "

The prestigious annual awards presented by France Football have been dominated by Messi and Cristiano for much of the last decade. The latter casually rejected the gala in which the Barcelona player again won the award, something he had not done since 2015 ".

Olé: "Everything he touches is Gold"

The Argentine newspaper surrenders to his countryman: "After four years, Lionel Messi won the Golden Ball again. Product of a fantastic season, in which he rescued Barcelona and took him to win the League, the '10' won over the Dutch Virgil van Dijk, Mané (both Champions of the Champions League with Liverpool) and Cristiano. Leo is Gold. What he touches, shines.

The 36 goals in 34 matches in the local tournament and the 10 goals in 12 Champions League games, in addition to his genius who walked through all the fields he stepped on - one more season - led him to be the most voted among the 180 journalists of Everyone involved in the election. The three specific variables that are taken into account are the individual and collective actions (titles achieved), the class of the player (Fair Play and talent) and the trajectory of each player. "I want to thank the journalists who voted for me and obviously as always my colleagues," he said.

Bild: "Messi brings the double world soccer player"

The German newspaper praises the Argentine: "The Barcelona superstar has won the Golden Ball for the sixth time, becoming the number one again against Cristiano with five titles."

To Bola: "Messi was crowned with the Golden Ball"

The Portuguese media extols the Barcelona player after his sixth Golden Ball: "It's official. Lionel Messi was crowned on Monday with the Golden Ball, an award established by the magazine France Football, which the Argentine wins for the sixth time in his career The Barcelona player, who repeats the prize won in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015, adds this distinction to The Best, a prize awarded by FIFA which he received last September ".

Globoesporte: "Another level"

The Brazilian media emphasizes that Messi is the biggest winner in the history of the awards: "The Golden Ball is by Lionel Messi for the sixth time. In an award held by France Football on Monday in Paris, the Argentine was announced again as a winner four years after his last achievement.The prize, which was unified by FIFA between 2010 and 2015, is another coronation season for Barcelona's '10', which also won the 'The Best' award in September

Messi is isolated as the biggest winner in the history of the awards, with a trophy more than Cristiano. Now he has eight prizes in total: six Golden Balls, four of them unified with FIFA and two others for the best player in the world awarded by the main football entity ".

New York Post: "Messi wins the sixth Golden Ball"

The American newspaper highlights the sixth Golden Ball that has received the '10' of Barça: "Barcelona's Argentine striker Lionel Messi received the Golden Ball award on Monday for the sixth time, the 32-year-old, who lifted the coveted trophy in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015, beat the winner of the Champions League with Liverpool, Virgil van Dijk, in a vote of international journalists. Messi won the Spanish League title with Barça this year and led Argentina to third place in the Copa América in July ".

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