Juventus forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, did not attend the 2019 Ballon d’Or award ceremony in Paris, France, on Monday, but picked up the Serie A Player of the Year award in Italy.
The Portuguese superstar was pipped to the prestigious award by Lionel Messi, who won his sixth crown as the world’s best player for the record time and one ahead of Ronaldo.
There had been reports last week, that Messi was the clear favourite to win the award, which held at the same time and day as the Italian league awards in Milan.
The Barcelona star edged out Liverpool centre-back, Virgil van Dijk, who was unlucky not to win the award after lifting the Champions League, the Super Cup and UEFA’s Player of the Year award.
The 32-year-old Argentine attacker scored 51 goals in 50 appearances in 2018-19, taking the award for top scorer in Spain in the process.
The Real Madrid all-time highest scorer finished third in the voting for the award, which he has won five times.
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