Argentina and Barcelona star Lionel Messi won a record fifth FIFA Ballon d’Or award for the world’s best player at a ceremony in Zurich on Monday.
He dethroned three-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo in adding to his four consecutive awards from 2009 to 2012. Messi’s Barcelona teammate, Neymar, was the third finalist for the award.
The honor comes after a season in which Barcelona completed their second treble during Messi’s time with the club, winning the La Liga, Copa del Rey and UEFA Champions League. Barcelona added another major honor last month by winning the Club World Cup in Japan.
Despite battling injuries during the latter part of 2015, Messi finished the calendar year with 48 goals and 24 assists in 56 all-competition appearances.
US goalscorer Lloyd wins FIFA player of the year
American Carli Lloyd won the FIFA women’s world player of the year award. The 33-year-old scored a hat trick in the USA’s 5-2 win over Japan to win the World Cup last year, having also scored the winning goals for her country in the Olympic Games finals of 2008 and 2012.
Lloyd finished 2015 with 17 international goals, moving her into sixth place on the US’s all-time goalscoring list with 79 career goals.
Barca’s Enrique, US’s Ellis win world coach of the year awards
Spain’s Luis Enrique led Barcelona to a treble of Champions League, La Liga and Spanish Cup trophies last season before claiming the Club World Cup in December. The former Roma and Celta Vigo manager was is now in his second season at Barcelona.
English-born Jill Ellis, coach of the American team that won last year’s World Cup in Canada, took the women’s award. The victory was the U.S.’s first world title since 1999.
World Soccer Talk contributed to this report.
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