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Published: 14:27 | 12/1/16

Messi wins Ballon d'Or


Lionel Messi has won the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or, beating Barcelona team-mate Neymar and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo to the prestigious award.

Messi was crowned world footballer of the year in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 before missing out to Ronaldo for the last two years, but he capped a brilliant year by winning his fifth Ballon d'Or at Monday's ceremony in Zurich.

The Argentine strike helped Barcelona to a famous treble, including the club's first Champions League triumph in four years, while he also scored 52 goals for club and country during the year.

"It is a special moment to win another Ballon d'Or after watching Cristiano win. It is incredible it is my fifth, more than I dreamed of as a kid," Messi said.

"I would like to thank all who voted for me, my teammates and football in general for everything it has brought me, bad and good, it has made me grow and learn always."

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique was named FIFA Coach of the Year, while USA's World Cup-winning midfielder Carli Lloyd took the women's prize.

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