Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has won the Ballon d’Or award for the world’s best player for the fifth time.
The 28-year-old Argentine had 41.33% of the vote, with Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo (27.76%) second and Barca’s Neymar (7.86%) third.
Editor’s Note: Well it’s hardly news really is it. As the headline suggests I doubt anyone is too surprised that Messi has scooped a 5th Golden Ball trophy, the big question will be how much of a sulk on will Cristiano Ronaldo have this year?
In all seriousness though in a calendar year which has seen Messi win 5 trophies for Barcelona you really couldn’t look much further than the diminutive Argentine. If it wasn’t for Cristiano Ronaldo then it probably would have been a Messi, Neymar, Suarez clean sweep. More cause for celebration tonight in Catalonia and more misery in Madrid.