Lionel Messi wins Historic fifth Ballon d’Or

Lionel Messi has won the Ballon d’Or award for an unprecedented fifth time.

The Barcelona forward reclaimed the biggest individual accolade in world football at a lavish ceremony in Zurich on Monday, beating Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, the three-time winner he has been runner-up behind for the last two years.

He also finished ahead of fellow Barca frontman Neymar after a calendar year in which the Catalan outfit claimed five titles.

Messi the record breaker

  • Messi is the only player to have won more than three FIFA Ballon d’Or awards, his latest success following his wins in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
  • 52 – Goals Messi scored in all competitions for Barcelona and Argentina in 2015.
  • 430 – Career goals Messi has scored in all official competitions for Barcelona, having played in 503 games.
  • 0.85 – Goals per game average for Barcelona.
  • 26 – Titles won by Messi with Barcelona, a club record shared with Andres Iniesta.
  • 295 – Primera Division goals scored by Messi, 44 more than second-best Telmo Zarra.
  • 28 – Hat-tricks for Barcelona.
  • 49 – Career goals for Argentina, in 105 matches.
  • 16 – Age at which Messi made his Barcelona first-team debut.
  • 91 – Goals scored by Messi in 2012, breaking the calendar-year record set by German Gerd Muller in 1972.
  • 58,000,000 – Twitter mentions for Messi in 2015.

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