#Messi has won the FIFA Ballon d'Or #BallondOr https://t.co/XA2rmWKNGF https://t.co/GR0hqlH5ql2016-1-11 18:53:21
The Argentinian is now a five-time Ballon d'Or winner. In women's soccer, the United States' Carli Lloyd was named the FIFA Women's World Player of the Year on Monday.
For Messi, his latest award is deserved recognition for his contribution to a momentous year for Barcelona.
"It's a very special moment for me," Messi said as he accepted the award. "It's incredible that it's my fifth. It's much more than I dreamed of as a kid."
|2015 Ballon d'Or Voting Results|
|Player||Club||Percentage of Votes|
|Cristiano Ronaldo||Real Madrid||27.76%|
|Rob Harris of the Associated Press|
The Catalan giants won the UEFA Champions League, La Liga, the Copa del Rey, the UEFA Super Cup and the Club World Cup in 2015, with Messi instrumental in all five triumphs.
Messi's 2015 stats were quite staggering as he continued his prolific form as both a goalscorer and creator, per Sport Extra HD:
He netted twice as Barca beat Athletic Bilbao in May's Copa final, his first of the match unquestionably one of the goals of the year, per the club's Twitter feed:
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Leo #Messi also nominated for FIFA Puskas Award for this goal: https://t.co/Pm50m2LJFY | #FCBLive #FCB #MesQueUnClub2015-11-30 13:22:56
The Blaugrana's European triumph was inspired by the incredible form of their front three of Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez.
Messi has been beaten to the Ballon d'Or by Ronaldo in each of the last two years, but there is little question that the 28-year-old outperformed his illustrious rival in 2015, per FourFourTwo:
The superlative duo have now monopolised the award for the last eight seasons.
Messi's impact in the latter stages of 2015 was somewhat tempered by his lengthy spell on the sidelines after injuring his knee in September.
However, he has still made an impressive contribution for Barca this season, netting nine goals and providing four assists in 13 La Liga appearances, per WhoScored.com.
With Luis Enrique's side easily through to the latter stages of the Champions League and currently two points behind Atletico Madrid with a game in hand in La Liga, more silverware surely awaits Messi in 2016.
His fifth Ballon d'Or triumph is further recognition of his sustained brilliance and another indication of his standing among the best players of all time.