Paris, Dec. 3 -- : Barcelona striker Lionel Messi claimed a record sixth Ballon d'Or award while USA women's World Cup superstar Megan Rapinoe picked up the coveted accolade for the second time here on Monday.

Messi, who last won the Ballon d'Or in 2015, moved one ahead of Christiano Ronaldo after the pair had won five awards each. It was Croatia's Luka Modric who was bestowed with the title last year after ending a decade-long dominance between two celebrated football icons.

The Argentine superstar finished fifth in last term's rankings and was in red-hot form for Barcelona, hitting 40 strikes this calendar year and registering a further 17 assists to boot, reported.

Messi also won a tenth La Liga trophy and a Supercopa de Espa...