Top 5 moments of Messi's 6th Ballon d'Or title-winning year
Lionel Messi became the first player to win the coveted Ballon d'Or award for the sixth time when he was awarded the best player of 2019 by French Football in Paris on 2nd December 2019. In the process, Messi overtook Cristiano Ronaldo for most Ballon d'Or triumphs by a player.
Messi who scored 55 goals for club and country in 2018-19, had the hand in most goals and assists during the calendar year by any 2019 Ballon d'Or nominee, scoring 44 goals and providing 19 assists in 51 games for club and country during the year.
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The diminutive Argentinian's record-breaking 6th Ballon d'Or award meant that a player from the Spanish top-flight won the coveted award for the 11th consecutive year (Messi-6, Ronaldo-4, Luka Modric-1). This was Messi's first Ballon d'Or since winning his 5th in 2015.
Let us have a look at the top 5 moments of Messi's 6th Ballon d'Or winning year:
#1: Ties Telmo Zarra's mark of most Pichichi awards (top-scorer in a Liga season)
Messi's brace against Eibar on the last day of the 2018-19 season took the Argentine's LaLiga tally of the season to 36 goals in 34 games, as Barcelona won their fourth Spanish top-flight title in 5 seasons.
In the process, the club captain equalled Telmo Zarra's long-standing record of most Pichichi awards (6) for most goals in a LaLiga season, as Messi ended a third consecutive season atop the scoring charts in the Spanish top-flight.
Messi won his first Pichichi award in 2009-10 by scoring 34 goals, followed by a record 50 goals in 2011-12, and 46 goals in the following season. Four years later, the diminutive Argentine scored 37 goals in 2016-17 to win his 4th Pichichi, another one the next season when he scored 34 goals, before equalling Zarra's record at the end of the 2018-19 season.