Messi secures a record-breaking eighth Ballon d'Or, while Bonmati wins the women's prize.

the Ballon d'Or for a record-breaking eighth time,

while Aitana Bonmati of Spain won her first.

At a glamorous ceremony in Paris,

 Spain's World Cup-winning star Aitana Bonmati accepted the women's Ballon d'Or

while Lionel Messi claimed his eighth Ballon d'Or of an incredible career.

It was the pinnacle of his incredible career

enabling him to defeat fierce opposition

Through a translator, Messi remarked