Barcelona forward Messi has won the 2019 Ballon d’Or for a record sixth time, pipping Virgil van Dijk and Cristiano Ronaldo to the prize.
The Argentine is the first player to win the prize six times as he beat Liverpool defender Van Dijk (second) and fellow serial winner Ronaldo (third).
Van Dijk’s teammate Sadio Mane finished fourth while attacking partner Mohamed Salah finished fifth, with Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe receiving the sixth-highest number of votes.
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson finished seventh but his night was made even more special as he picked up the first-ever Yachine Trophy, given to the world’s best goalkeeper.
The Brazilian was up against Barcelona’s Marc-Andre Ter Stegen and Manchester City’s Ederson for the prize, with Ter Stegen pipping Ederson to second place.
Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski was in eighth for the main prize, while Manchester City duo Bernardo Silva and Riyad Mahrez ended up ninth and tenth, respectively.
Elsewhere, Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt won the Kopa Trophy, handed to the world’s best player under 21.
The centre-back was influential in sending Ajax to the semi-finals of the Champions League last season – as well as being captain – before the Dutchman also reached the UEFA Nations League final with his country.
Behind De Ligt in the voting for the Kopa Trophy were Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, who continued his rise after becoming a key part of Gareth Southgate’s England team and Atletico Madrid winger Joao Felix.
Megan Rapinoe won the Women’s Ballon d’Or following her fantastic year on and off the field as she won the World Cup with the USA in the summer.
Behind her in the voting were England’s Lucy Bronze and Rapinoe’s USA teammate, Alex Morgan.
Liverpool 2-0 Watford: Salah Nets Brace As Sloppy Reds Beat Bottom-Placed Hornets
Mo Salah scored two classy goals to give Liverpool another victory, but they had to ride their luck against bottom-placed Watford in a strange match at Anfield
Salah’s curling effort in the 37th minute put the Reds in front, finishing off a flowing counter attack.
Sadio Mane had a goal ruled out for offside early in the second half, before Salah made sure of the points with a fine flicked finish in the final minutes of the match.
Watford, in their first game under new boss Nigel Pearson, looked much improved and created several good chances but were wasteful in front of goal.
Nigerian Footballer, Odion Ighalo, Loses His Sister
Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo has just announced the death of his sister, Mary Ighalo.
Ighalo who made the announcement on his verified Instagram page revealed that Mary died on Thursday, December 12th 2019.
However, the striker who currently plays for Chinese club Shanghai Greenland Shenhua didn’t state how she died.
May her soul rest in peace. Amen.
Former Nigerian Footballer Philip Osondu Is Dead
Former Nigerian footballer, Philip Osondu has died in Belgium after taking self to the hospital to be examined on Thursday.
He was said to have felt unwell at work and decided to visit the hospital where he subsequently died.
Osondu played regularly for the youth teams of Nigeria, but never reached the first team.
In 1987 he participated in the World U-16 tournament in Canada. Nigeria reached the final, but then lost on penalties to the Soviet Union.
He got the World Cup Golden Ball as best player of the tournament.