17 January 2016

Messi wins Ballon d’Or for fifth time


Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi won FIFA’s Ballon d’Or for the fifth time on Monday.

The Argentine striker won the award ahead of teammate Neymar and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo in a ceremony at Zurich’s Kongresshaus in Switzerland.

“It is a very special moment for me to be back here on this stage, winning again another Ballon d’Or after being there in the audience watching Cristiano win,” he said. “It’s incredible this is my fifth. It’s much more than anything I’ve dreamed of as a kid. I want to thank everyone who voted for me and I want to thank my team-mates.”

U.S. player Carli Lloyd was named Women’s World Player of the Year.

2015 FIFA FIFPro World XI

Goalkeeper: Manuel Neuer,

Defenders: Thiago Silva, Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Dani Alves

Midfielders: Andres Iniesta, Luka Modric, Paul Pogba,

Forwards: Neymar, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo.

United States women’s national soccer team head coach, Jill

Ellis was picked FIFA World Coach of the Year for Women’s Football

Barcelona manager Luis Enrique was named as FIFA World Coach of the Year for Men’s Football

US midfielder Carli Lloyd won the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year award

Brazilian winger Wendell Lira from Goianesia claimed the best goal of the year award also called as “FIFA Puskas Award”

Anadolu Agency

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