Lionel Messi has won the Golden Ball for the seventh time in his career. The Argentine star player of Paris Saint-Germain received the most votes from a professional jury in the annual election of France Football.
Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski had to settle for second place during a gala evening in Paris. The Polish striker was previously seen as a favorite. He scored 41 goals in the Bundesliga last season, a record. He was named attacker of the year earlier during the ceremony in Paris.
Five-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United) finished sixth this year. Jorginho (Chelsea) came in third place, followed by Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) and N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea).