Lionel Messi's 5th Ballon d'Or win: Who said what about the Argentine wizard!

Messi received 41.33% of all votes, while Ronaldo and Neymar got 27.76% and 7.86% respectively.

Last Updated: Jan 12, 2016, 10:10 AM IST
Lionel Messi's 5th Ballon d'Or win: Who said what about the Argentine wizard!

New Delhi: Lionel Messi on Monday bettered his own record of four Ballon d'Or wins by adding another one to that tally. 

There were no surprises in Zurich, as the Barcelona forward comfortably won the award ahead of rival Cristiano Ronaldo and teammate Neymar.

Messi received 41.33% of all votes, while Ronaldo and Neymar got 27.76% and 7.86% respectively.

The 28-year-old has now won the coveted award in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015.

"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," said Messi as he accepted the award at the end of a 90-minute ceremony.

"It's incredible this is my fifth," he added. Messi had an incredible 2015 with the Catalan giants, winning the La Liga, Champions League and the Copa Del Rey.

In 61 games, Messi scored 52 goals and completed 26 assists last year.

Here is what footballers, past and present, had to say about Messi's 5th Ballon d'Or win.

 

The best in the world #Genius @leomessi ... The best ever ? I think so

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