Messi wins Ballon d’Or for the fifth time
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Messi wins Ballon d’Or for the fifth time

Argentine superstar and Barcelona squad player Lionel Messi has been awarded FIFA’s coveted Ballon d’Or (Golden Ball award) for the fifth time, beating rivals Cristiano Renaldo and Neymar Jr.

After an amazing 52 goals and 26 assists in 61 games for his club and country in 2015, Messi was joint top scorer and best player in the Champions League.

“When you get onto the stage, it’s difficult to get your words out, but I had said that achieving five Ballon d’Or would be spectacular and now I’m going to enjoy it,” Messi commented, having won the award in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and now in 2015.

“Thiago (his three-year-old son) was there, I don’t know if he understood anything, but I’m happy that he experienced it and one day he will understand when I explain it all to him,” the player added.

Messi had made the headlines during December last year, after a tax investigation into six friendly matches was finally dropped by Spanish court.

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