Lionel Messi won the men’s Ballon d’Or for a record-extending seventh time on Monday, ending the year in style after a brilliant final season with Barcelona and earning his first major international trophy with Argentina.

Alexia Putellas became the third winner of the women’s award for an outstanding season with Barcelona and Spain. Messi finished with 613 points to top prolific Bayern Munich and Poland striker Robert Lewandowski on 580, according to

Awarded by France Football magazine, the Ballon d’Or has been given out to men every year since 1956 when Stanley Matthews won.

PSG player Lionel Messi receives his seventh Ballon d’Or trophy. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@francefootball)
Alexia Putellas won the women’s Ballon d’Or award for the first time. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@francefootball)
PSG player Gianluigi Donnarumma won the Goalkeeper of the Year Award. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@francefootball)
Barca midfielder Pedri picked up the Kopa Trophee. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@francefootball)
Luis Suárez and Lionel Messi share a moment at the Theatre du Chatelet, Paris. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@francefootball)