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Ballon d'Or 2019: Messi and Rapinoe announced as winners – live! – The Guardian, Theguardian.com


Here’s a snap report on the grand occasion.

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Here’s a bit of what Messi had to say on stage. He spoke for quite a while. “I know it isn’t easy,” said Didier Drogba by words of encouragement but the little man ought to be used to all this by now.

To the journalists and my colleagues with whom I win and lose, I remember my first Ballon D’Or in Paris, when I arrived with my brothers, now I pick up the sixth, and this was absolutely unthinkable. I never stopped dreaming and enjoying football like when I was a child. I hope I have more years to enjoy, although I am aware of how old I am, everything happens very quickly and I know that the moment of withdrawal (retirement) is approaching.

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It’s a funny old game.

Duncan Alexander(@ oilysailor)

Messi now has as many Ballons D’Or as Man City & Chelsea have league titles

December 2, 2019

Van Dijk doesn’t look too disappointed and he explains why:“I had a great season, but sometimes you come up against players like him [Messi], who are a bit unnatural. Six Ballon d’Ors, you gotta respect greatness. I was close, but I lost out to someone better. ”

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Sid Lowe paid glowing tributeto the continuing brilliance of Messi in this week’s blog from La Liga.

Cristiano, at this point, has probably switched over to Coronation Street.

Messi enjoyed that show, which included a message from his wife and three kids. And out comes Luka Modric to pass over the gong itself.

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😆 When your dad became the 2019 Ballon d’Or !# ballondorpic.twitter.com/ E1WMm0fkCT

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Lionel Messi wins the Ballon D’Or for the sixth time!

A double hat-trick of wins for him and he overtakes Ronaldo, back on five and coming up on 35.

Lionel Messi wins the Men’s 2019 Ballon d’Or!
Lionel Messi wins the Men’s 2019 Ballon d’Or! Photograph: Yoan Valat / EPA

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Here we go for the final four … Didier Drogba has the envelope in his hand.

While we wait for the big reveal, how about The Guardian’s own awards season?

That leaves Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mané, Cristiano RonaldoandLionel Messifor the final four. There’s no sign of Ronaldo, and it’s not like him to not show up and support his fellow pros. Big chance there will be no Ron and two Liverpool players in the top three.

Lucy Bronze came second with Alex Morganof the USA third in the women’s award.

Some words from (Megan Rapinoe) .

It’s a bummer [not to be there]. I congratulate all the nominees, I can’t believe I’m the one winning it. I want to thank my teammates, my coaches, my federation, to allow to be the person who I am on the field and off the field. Thank you to my beautiful girlfriend Sue. I’m so sorry I can’t be there, I know it’s going to be insane but I’ll do my best to get back there next year.

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Megan Rapinoe talks on a video link after being announced as the winner of the Ballon d’Or Féminin.
Megan Rapinoe talks on a video link after being announced as the winner of the Ballon d’Or Féminin. Photograph: Yoan Valat / EPA

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The men’s countdown continues with Mbappé in sixth.

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Megan Rapinoe wins the Ballon d’Or Féminin!

She can’t be there, but delivers a video message, as does her mum and twin sister, in a video package that tells the story of someone who became a global figure in 2019. Donald Trump’s congratulations are in the post, no doubt.

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.@ mPinoefrom@ ReignFCis the 2019 Women’s Ballon d’Or winner!# ballondorpic.twitter.com/gLANEXgENL

December 2, 2019

Now for the women. Here’s the top ten.

Miedema
(Lavelle) ******************White
Kerr
Renard
Marozsan
Rapinoe
Morgan
Bronze

Hegerberg

The men’s countdown continues: (Alisson 7th) ******************

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Alisson wins best goalkeeper, the Yachine trophy

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Robert Lewandowskiis on stage to present the Yachine award for the goalkeepers. He and Drogba enjoy some striker banter on stage before the big reveal.

  • Alisson (Liverpool and Brazil)
  • Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich and Germany)
  • Ederson (Manchester City and Brazil)
  • Andre Onana (Ajax and Cameroon)
  • Wojciech Szczesny (Juventus and Poland)
  • Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid and Slovenia)
  • Kepa (Chelsea and Spain)
  • Samir Handanovic (Inter Milan and Slovenia)
  • Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur and France)
  • Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona and Germany)

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Matthijs de Ligt wins the Kopa Award for young players

He thanks his old club Ajaxand his family and girlfriend and says of Messi and Ronaldo that we must enjoy them when we can.

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Matthijs de Ligt wins the Kopa Trophy.
Matthijs de Ligt wins the Kopa Trophy. Photograph: Yoan Valat / EPA

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Mbappé is the current holderof the Kopa Trophy, the award that is now to be presented.

These are the nominees:

  • Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal)
  • João Félix (Atletico Madrid)
  • Vinícius Júnior (Real Madrid)
  • Lee Kang-in (Valencia)
  • Andriy Lunin (Real Valladolid)
  • Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund)
  • Mattéo Guendouzi (Arsenal)
  • Moise Kean (Everton)
  • Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus)
  • Kylian Mbappe (PSG)

Last year winners are on stage, and that’s Ada Hegerberg, Kylian Mbappé and Luka Modric. The Croatian says: “It was something amazing and it will stay for the rest of my life.”

That’s Luka done for the night. He didn’t even make the top 30 this year. Didier Drogba has gone off-piste, and is talking about that Barcelona win at Chelsea in 2009. Turns out that Mbappé was a young man waiting for his autograph that night and DD stormed home in a huff. Now he is making up for it by having a selfie taken.

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Here’s the nominees for the Yachin award for goalkeepers.

  • Alisson (Liverpool and Brazil)
  • Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich and Germany)
  • Ederson (Manchester City and Brazil)
  • Andre Onana (Ajax and Cameroon)
  • Wojciech Szczesny (Juventus and Poland)
  • Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid and Slovenia)
  • Kepa (Chelsea and Spain)
  • Samir Handanovic (Inter Milan and Slovenia)
  • Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur and France)
  • Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona and Germany)

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Ok, here we are in the Theater, and it’s Didier Drogba who is the master of ceremonies alongside Sandy Heribert, a Eurosport presenter and who also heads up something called the Ultimate Beastmaster.

Hosts of the Ballon d’Or ceremony Didier Drogba and Sandy Heribert.
Hosts of the Ballon d’Or ceremony Didier Drogba and Sandy Heribert. Photograph: Yoan Valat / EPA

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Preamble

Oxford, Cambridge, Hull; Milligan, Cleese, Sessions. That’s what these three-men Ballon D’Or podiums have often resembled in recent years, with the greatest of respect for the likes of Neymar, Antoine Griezmann and Franck Ribery having to applaud one of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as they go to collect their latest gong. Less so this time, with Virgil van Dijk having such a stellar 2019. However, the last defenders to win this award was Matthias Sammer way back in 1996, in the dwindling days of the sweeper and Fabio Cannavaro in 2006.Lionel Messiis overriding favorite, with Cristiano Ronaldo not quite at the level of 2017, the last time he won the award. The great men are locked at five each after Luka Modric stole away with it last year and there is even the possibility that Big Ron won’t even make the podium. There is Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah to consider, too.

For the women’s award, Megan Rapoinoe is favorite, with England’s Lucy Bronze in the mix. Last year’s winner, Ada Hegerberg, may lose out after choosing not to go to last summer’s World Cup.

The venue is Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, as this award is France Football’s babychild.

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