Lionel Messi wins fifth FIFA Ballon d’Or
Lionel Messi has won the FIFA Ballon d’Or for the best player in the world for a record fifth time, while USA midfielder Carli Lloyd has claimed her first-ever FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year award. FC Barcelona coach Luis Enrique Martínez and USA national team coach Jill Ellis have also been named for the first time as FIFA World Coaches of the Year for Men’s and Women’s Football respectively.
The winners were chosen by the coaches and captains of the national teams as well as by international media representatives invited by FIFA and France Football.
Other award winners were also announced in the glittering ceremony which held in Zurich, FIFA headquarters on monday evening. Here are other winners and details
FIFA Ballon d’Or – Lionel Messi(Ronaldo second, Neymar third)
World Women’s Coach of the Year –Jill Ellis
FIFA Coach of the Year – Luis Enrique
FIFA Puskas Award – Wendell Lira
FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year – Carli Lloyd
The FIFPro World XI was also revealed as follows
Goalkeeper: Manuel Neuer
Defenders: Dani Alvez, Sergio Ramos, Thaigo Silva, Marcelo
Midfielders: Modric, Iniesta, Paul Pogba
Forwards: Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi
This is how the top three players faired in 2015 calendar year. Lionel Messi and Neymar won the treble scoring loads of goals while Ronaldo was one man show with Real Madrid throughout the year. Ronaldo and Messi scored 48 goals each in 2015 while Neymar is just 3 behind with 45. Messi however assisted 24 goals compared to 14 and 13 by Ronaldo and Neymar respectively.
Below are some photos from the event.
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