Ballon d'Or: Ronaldo denies he wants to beat Messi's haul

Lionel Messi

Paris Saint-Germain's Argentine forward Lionel Messi poses after being awarded the the Ballon d'Or award during the 2021 Ballon d'Or France Football award ceremony at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris on November 29, 2021.
FRANCK FIFE / AFP

Photo credit: Franck Fife | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Messi's seventh success extended his lead in the male category after he set the record with his sixth in 2019.
  • Barcelona and Spain midfielder Alexia Putellas won the 2021 women's Ballon d'Or.

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