By : Samuel Kusi Appiah
PSG forward Lionel Messi was presented with the award on Monday night in Paris after another record-breaking 12 months for club and country.
Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, favourite for the prize in 2020 before cancellation due to Covid came second in the vote.
Messi, who left Barcelona as a free agent to sign for Paris Saint-Germain in the summer, was presented with his award for best men’s footballer in the world.
The former Barcelona attacker ended his long wait for a major international trophy by winning the Copa America with Argentina as they beat hosts Brazil in the final in July this year.
Messi shared the Player of the Tournament prize with club-mate Neymar and took home the Golden Boot after registering four goals and five assists.
Three months prior, Messi scored twice in the Copa del Rey final to win his 34th – and final – trophy with Barcelona as they beat Athletic Bilbao 4-0.
The PSG forward was the previous winner of the award in 2019 as last year’s edition was cancelled because of Covid. Messi also won the Ballon d’Or in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015.