Winner: Messi has won the prize for the first time since 2012
Lionel Messi has won the 2015 FIFA Ballon d’Or.
The Barcelona superstar enjoyed an incredible year and has now scooped the prestigious prize for a fifth time.
Messi has been beaten by Cristiano Ronaldo in the last two years but has edged out the Real Madrid superstar and team-mate Neymar this time around.
His previous wins came between 2009 and 2012 with the latest triumph indicating his return to the top of the world game.
Prior to the ceremony in Zurich, Messi admitted he would swap his Ballon d’Or successes for just one World Cup after the heartbreak of losing the 2014 final to Germany.
“A lot of time has passed since 2009. I’ve grown and learned a few things,” he said.
“We grow and learn from everything. I’m trying to add things to my game.”
The Women’s World Player of the Year went to Carli Lloyd.
Winner: Lloyd speaks to presenter James Nesbitt
“It truly is an honour. This has been a dream of mine ever since I started my journey with the national team,” she said.
“Celia and Aya both are amazing footballers and are truly deserving of this award. I want to thank Jill, the coaching staff and all of our support staff.”
Earlier in the night, Messi was named in the FIFPro World XI, alongside Ronaldo and Neymar.
Both Real Madrid and Barcelona had four players included in the line-up, with no Premier League players featuring.
He was however pipped to the Puskas Award by Brazilian striker Wendell Lira.
Barcelona’s domination continued with Luis Enrique winning the Coach of the Year award, while USA boss Jill Ellis claimed the prize for the Women’s game.
Over 1.6million people have voted on the Puskas Award for goal of the year, says James Nesbitt, annoyingly.
Japan legend Hidetoshi Nakata announces the winner… and it’s Wendell Lira!
The unknown Brazilian looks a bit shell-shocked, as well he might.
Men’s coach of the year
The nominees for this award are Pep Guardiola of Bayern Munich, Luis Enrique of Barcelona and Chile boss Jorge Sampaoli.
The gong goes to… Luis Enrique!
He’s not at the ceremony, so his trophy is picked up by Barça director Robert Fernandez.
“The other candidates have a lot of quality,” he says.
“Luis would have me share this present with all those who supported him, including the staff, the fans and our incredible players.”
FIFPro World XI
We now move on to the FIFPro World XI. Samuel Eto’o, wearing a horrendous shiny suit, hands out the trophies to:
Goalkeeper: Manuel Neuer
Defenders: Dani Alves, Sergio Ramos, Thiago Silva, Marcelo
Midfielders: Andres Iniesta, Luka Modric, Paul Pogba
Forwards: Neymar, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo
A good line-up, to be sure, but how on earth are there FOUR Real Madrid players in there? They won nothing…
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