Five times a winner for Messi
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Argentinian player Lionel Messi, FC Barcelona no. 10, was the star of the night at Fifa’s Ballon d’Or awards in Zurich, winning his fifth title of Player of the Year for men’s football.
He beat out Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal, and Neymar, Brazil.
Carli Lloyd, USA, was named Fifa Women’s Player of the Year.
The awards were an antidote to a football world suffering from too much sorry news from Fifa; the Guardian‘s commentator notes that “even Fifa gets it right sometimes”, in a tip of the hat to Messi’s “genius”.
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