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03 December 2019 02:39

The answer may lie with the World Cup, given the most recent defender to win was Italy’s…

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In Paris's palatial Théâtre du Châtelet, home to some of France's finest acting and opera, the achievements of football's most famous artist were celebrated for a record sixth year. After a season in which Lionel Messi scored 51 goals for Barcelona and led the Catalan club to another La Liga title, the 32-year-old moved ahead of his long-term rival Cristiano Ronaldo as he won the Ballon d'Or for the first time since 2015. The question mark remains, however, over what defenders have to do to claim the coveted award, voted for by 195 journalists, after Virgil van Dijk finished runner-up despite helping Liverpool to the Champions League title. The answer may lie with the World Cup, given the most recent defender to win was Italy's…

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Lionel Messi wins record sixth Ballon d’Or

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