He may have failed to lift Argentina in the World Cup and the Copa America finals. But Lionel Messi has won the FIFA’s Ballon d’Or honor, which was awarded to the best player of the world for the fifth time.
Either Messi or Ronaldo has won the award for the past eight times. The last time, Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned for the third time. Messi bagged 41.33% of votes to clinch the award for the unprecedented fifth time.
Midfielder Carli Lloyd of the United States, who netted a hat trick in last year’s World Cup final against Japan, won the women’s award. U.S. boss Jill Ellis won best women’s football coach.
Messi has scored 51 goals in 62 matches in 2015, one goal per 101 minutes. Barcelona featured in six tournaments in the season, winning five of them. Messi netted goals in all of them.
The 28-year-old has lifted the game to new heights, which no other player has done in recent past. But the best player of the planet’s success is limited to club football. To be remembered as the greatest player of all time, he needs to lift Argentina at the zenith of glory like Diego Maradona.