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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Messi wins sixth Ballon d’Or

MLS 2020 conference alignment announced, Messi and Rapinoe win Ballon d’Or, and more in today’s links

Ballon D’Or Ceremony At Theatre Du Chatelet : Inside Ceremony In Paris Photo by Kristy Sparow/Getty Images

MLS News

MLS announces conference alignment for 2020 season
Inter Miami to the Eastern Conference, and Nashville SC to the West.

Atlanta United acquire Brooks Lennon from Real Salt Lake
The club announced on Monday that it has acquired midfielder/defender Brooks Lennon from Real Salt Lake. In exchange, the Five Stripes are sending $300,000 in allocation money back, evenly split between TAM and GAM.

FC Dallas trades Dominique Badji to Nashville SC
FC Dallas has traded forward Dominique Badji to Nashville SC in exchange for $150,000 in 2020 General Allocation Money (GAM) and $175,000 in 2020 Targeted Allocation Money (TAM).

This former MLS Goalkeeper of the Year signed with Inter Miami, coach hire imminent
Inter Miami’s inaugural roster grew to 17 players on Monday, as the team announced the signing of free agent goalkeeper Luis Robles from the New York Red Bulls and defender A.J. DeLaGarza from the Houston Dynamo.

What Monday’s moves mean for Inter Miami, Nashville SC and Atlanta United
There were a flurry of moves on Monday afternoon, as a number of MLSers found new clubs. What do they all mean?

Rest of the World News

Lionel Messi wins sixth Ballon d’Or award, overtaking Cristiano Ronaldo
Lionel Messi became the first men’s footballer to win the Ballon d’Or award for a sixth time, taking the award for the world’s top men’s player Monday at a Paris gala.

Megan Rapinoe wins Women’s Ballon d’Or
Rapinoe, 34, succeeds Norway’s Ada Hegerberg, the inaugural winner of the women’s prize last year, after starring on and off the field as the US retained the World Cup in France in July.