The US and Canada both already secured the region's two spots in the Tokyo Games with victories in the semifinals.
Now aged 32, it's Messi's first Ballon d'Or since 2015 and his sixth overall as he moves one ahead of his old rival Cristiano Ronaldo.
Megan Rapinoe was rewarded for leading the US to women's World Cup title while Lionel Messi moves one ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo.
After declaring they wouldn’t attend a White House reception, the World Cup-winning US women’s football team became the latest in a string of sports heroes declining to be seen alongside Trump.
The victory underlines the USA's status as the dominant force in international women's football as they claim the World Cup for the fourth time in eight editions.
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