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Lionel Messi’s sons dress up like PSG star dad as Ballon d’Or winner is honoured with dazzling Eiffel Tower show

LIONEL MESSI and his three sons Mateo, Thiago and Ciro turned up to Monday's Ballon d'Or ceremony wearing matching suits.

The 34-year-old won his seventh Ballon d'Or, pipping Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski to the prestigious award.

He was presented with the trophy by long-time friend Luis Suarez, and was treated to a video of congratulations messages by his children, Suarez and Argentina team-mate Sergio Aguero.

His children, all wearing black suits, white shoes and a bow tie, clapped and danced as their dad reaffirmed his place as one of the greatest to ever play the game.

After steering two Golden Balls clear of rival Cristiano Ronaldo, his new home Paris had a surprise for him.

Messi pressed a big red button and his face appeared on the side of a building, announcing he had won the Ballon d'Or.

And seconds after the Eiffel Tower sparkled for the Paris Saint-Germain No30.

Messi remained humble despite the achievement, and stated Lewandowski should have won the award for 2020.


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The Poland international was nailed on to claim his first Golden Ball, but the ceremony was cancelled and a winner wasn't voted on.

Messi said: "I would like to mention Robert Lewandowski, it’s been a real honour to compete with you.

“Everyone knows and we agree that you were the winner last year.

“I think France Football should award you your 2020 Ballon d’Or - you deserve it and you should have it at home."

Messi also beamed with pride as Barcelona starlet Pedri scooped up the Kopa Award for football’s best youngster.

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Lionel Messi wins Ballon d'OR 2021