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Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi won individual award on the same night in Milan and Paris

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And Ronaldo was presented with his own honour at the same time as Messi was.

Cristiano Ronaldo scooped the Serie A Player of the Year award same night Lionel Messi won the prestigious Ballon D’Or.

The Juventus striker was absent at the Ballon D’Or ceremony which was held in Paris because he needed to attend another event in Milan.

Messi won his sixth award as he edged Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk despite winning the Champions League and Ronaldo came third.

It was the first time Messi won the award since 2015 after losing out to Ronaldo twice and Luka Modric in 2018 where he came fifth.

Hours to the ceremony, the results of the Ballon D’Or leaked and Messi was the overwhelming favourite, according to bookmakers.

Barcelona were beaten in last season’s Champions league semi final after surrendering a 3-0 first leg lead to lose 4-0 to Liverpool at Anfield.

La Blaugrana won La Liga but ended the season on a low after losing in the Copa del Rey final to Valencia by 2-1.

Messi scored 51 goals in 50 appearances in 2018-19, taking the award for top scorer in Spain and in Europe in the process.

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