Lionel Messi has won his sixth Ballon d'Or award at an awards ceremony on Monday. Virgil Van Dijk finished second while Cristiano Ronaldo finished third.

Messi and Ronaldo were previously tied with five trophies apiece.

Messi received his first Ballon d'Or in 2009.

“Ten years ago I received my first Ballon d’Or, guided by my three brothers,” he said. “Today, I receive my sixth, guided by my wife and children.

“As my wife says, it’s important to never stop dreaming and to always work to improve myself and continue to enjoy myself. I hope to continue to play for some time.

“I know I am very fortunate, even if, one day, I will have to retire. That will be difficult but I still have beautiful years in front of me.”