Messi 'humbled' by fifth Ballon D’or
The Barcelona & Argentinean forward finished ahead of Ronaldo & Neymar.
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."
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Congratulations to Lionel Messi on winning his 5th #BallondOr. Unbelievable achievement 👏🏼
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Now this is respect 👏👊
- Leo Messi (@messi10stats) January 12, 2016
CONGRATULATIONS: Lionel Messi wins #BallondOr for the 5th time.
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