Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Messi Wins Fifth Ballon d'Or


Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi has won the Ballon d'Or award for the world's best player for the fifth time.

The 28-year-old beat club-mate Neymar of Brazil and Real Madrid's Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo.

Either Messi or Ronaldo, who became a three-time winner last year, have won the past eight awards.

United States midfielder Carli Lloyd, who scored a hat-trick in the World Cup final, won the women's award.

England coach Mark Sampson was beaten to the women's football coach of the year award by United States boss Jill Ellis.

Messi's 2015 in numbers
61 games, 52 goals and 26 assists.

A goal every 101 minutes and an assist every 202 minutes.

Best minutes-per-goal rate - 80 - of anyone scoring a minimum of 10 goals across Europe's top five leagues during 2015.

Directly involved in 49 goals in La Liga - 34 scored and 15 assists - which was the joint-most with Ronaldo in 2015 across the top five European leagues.

Scored in all six club tournaments in 2015, as Barcelona won five of them.


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