The winner of the 2019 Ballon d’Or was confirmed last night as Lionel Messi claimed his record sixth accolade.
Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk was second placed in the awards, and missed out, but was well placed for his merits.
The Dutchman’s team-mate Sadio Mane finished fourth, behind Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo, but the Senegalese superstar wasn’t able to attend the ceremony.
He did, however, send a video message in which he says he’ll do his best to win the Ballon d’Or next year.
Take a watch of the video below:
— #BallondOr (@francefootball) December 2, 2019
“Hello everyone, it’s Sadio Mane – I would have loved to be here with you, but sadly my schedule didn’t allow me, because I have a game this Wednesday,” Mane said.
“I congratulate the winner and give him an appointment next year. I’ll try to be there and maybe lift the Ballon d’Or. Inshallah. See you soon, bye.”