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Messi 'humbled' by fifth Ballon D’or

The Barcelona & Argentinean forward finished ahead of Ronaldo & Neymar.

FC Barcelona and Argentina's forward Lionel Messi holds his trophy after receiving the 2015 FIFA Ballon d’Or award for player of the year during the 2015 AFIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. Picture: FP

JOHANNESBURG - Lionel Messi says winning the Ballon D'or Award for a fifth time is more than anything he ever dreamed of as a child.

Messi reclaimed the Fifa award for the World Player of the Year after watching his great rival Cristiano Ronaldo walk off with the prize for the previous two years.

The Barcelona and Argentina forward finished ahead of Ronaldo and Brazilian forward Neymar as he scooped the award for the fifth time overall, having previously won it four years in a row from 2009 to 2012.

Messi helped Barcelona win a Spanish League Cup and Champion League treble, as well as, the Club World Cup.

He also led Argentina to the Copa America final in which they lost to Chile.

Messi says he is humbled by the award.

"I want to thank all those who voted for me first of all. I also want to thank obviously my teammates as I always say without them none of this would have ever been possible. And lastly, I want to thank football in general."

Grandes @neymarjr, @DaniAlvesD2, @LUISENRIQUE21 y en especial tú, Leo. Cinco Balones de Oro. Eres único! pic.twitter.com/snv0FMsPJA

Congratulations to Lionel Messi on winning his 5th #BallondOr. Unbelievable achievement 👏🏼

#Ronaldo Congratulates #Messi on winning the 2015 Ballon D'or.

Now this is respect 👏👊

#BallondOr

pic.twitter.com/k39BM5LFtF

CONGRATULATIONS: Lionel Messi wins #BallondOr for the 5th time.

🏆 2009

🏆 2010

🏆 2011

🏆 2012

🏆 2015

The Greatest. pic.twitter.com/OIXH3egTk9

Then and Now #Messi #BallondOr pic.twitter.com/rb2tfh1rr4

The #BallondOr cartoon

#Neymar #Messi #Cristiano pic.twitter.com/HrJTJcATQK

When it's #Cristiano vs #Messi they easily use trophies. I wonder what they'll say for the #suarez vs #neymar situation. #BallondOr

Why #LionelMessi Won 5th #BallondOr ⚽️🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆

@FCBarcelona @Argentina 🇦🇷

#soccer #football #futbol

#messi #arg #barca pic.twitter.com/yIbd0ucp51

If looks could kill....

#BallondOr #Neymar #Ronaldo #Messi pic.twitter.com/Yrunr7xuw1

Congratulations to #Messi @neymarjr @andresiniesta8 @DaniAlvesD2 for the awards tonight! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻⚽️🏆🖐🏻 #BallondOr pic.twitter.com/nvakUzEBYN

Presenting the new king and queen of world football: #Messi & #CarliLloyd

#BallondOr pic.twitter.com/EJzmYiCYuO

Leo #Messi has done it again, beating fellow Barcelona star #Neymar and rival #Cristiano Ronaldo! #BallondOr pic.twitter.com/h6SPlBimSX

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