MESSI WINS THE BALLON D'OR THE 5TH TIME
- Post By EmDee David 2:25am on Tuesday 12th January 2016
Messi beats Ronaldo and Neymar to grap the Golden Ball award 2015, as Carli Lloyh wins best Female Footballer of the year.
Messi can now be said to be the greatest footballer as he has won the Ballon d'Or trophy for the fift time as the world's best player in 2015. This ends Ronaldo's hold on it for the past two years.
Lionel Messi, 28-year-old, Barcelona and Argentina striker, had also won four straight FIFA awards from 2009-12.
An overwhelmed Messi said in his acceptance speech, ''It's incredible that it's my fifth, It's a very special moment for me to be back here on the stage, after being there in the audience watching Cristiano win.''
To win the best single player honour, "Messi got 41.33 percent of total voting points in a 23-candidate ballot. Ronaldo received 27.76 percent and third-place Neymar, Messi's Barcelona teammate from Brazil, got 7.86 percent. Voting was by national team captains and coaches, plus invited journalists, from FIFA member countries".
Luis Enrique won best coach, he led Barcelona to win the Champions League, Spain's La Liga and cup, UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup.
The women's awards went to U.S. captain Carli Lloyd and English-born coach Jill Ellis. Lloyd had scored six World Cup goals, including a stunning hat trick in the opening 16 minutes of a 5-2 rout of Japan in the final. Ellis won the coaching award in women's football.
Amidst loud applaud, 33-year old Carli said, "I honestly wouldn't be sitting up here, standing up here, without my incredible teammates,''
Lloyd got 35.28% of the voting points, ahead of Germany's Celia Sasic with 12.6 percent. Third-place Aya Miyama of Japan got 9.88 percent. Sasic also scored six goals in Canada to win the tournament Golden Boot, then retired at age 27.