Leo Messi only surpassed the Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) in seven points in the Ballon d'Or vote, according to the voting results announced by L’Equipe. Messi, who won the award for the sixth time in his career, received a total of 686 points from the 176 journalists entitled to vote. Van Dijk finished with 670 points and stayed very close to becoming the first defense to win the prize since 2006, when the victory went to Italian Fabio Cannavaro. In addition, the Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus), five-time winner of the Golden Ball, completed a podium with a total of 476 points.
The top 10 of the Golden Ball: 1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona), 686 points; 2. Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool), 679; 3. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus), 476; 4. Sadio Mané (Liverpool), 347; 5. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), 178; 6. Kylian Mbappé (PSG), 89; 7. Alisson (Liverpool), 67; 8. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern), 44; 9. Bernado Silva (Manchester City), 41; 10.Riyad Marhez (Manchester City), 33.
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