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Lionel Messi Wins His 5th Ballon d'Or.

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Lionel Messi, F.C Barcelona’s mercurial goal scoring machine and playmaker, won this year’s popularity contest known as the Ballon d’Or by a wide margin. Cristiano Ronaldo had scored more goals (fifty four) in the calendar year but the voters chose Lionel Messi who managed, by his standards a meager forty eight goals. Of the three finalists Messi received forty one percent of the vote while Ronaldo only managed twenty seven percent. Neymar Jr. was a distant third with only seven percent. Lionel Messi now has five Ballon D’Or trophies in his cabinet. An unprecedented collection. Messi and Ronaldo have traded this trophy between them since 2008. FIFA has a myriad of issues to resolve at the moment. The corruption scandal has now seen forty one individuals arrested, primarily on corruption charges. The Ballon D’Or festivities wrested the football headlines to a more positive note. There we other awards handed out during the evening. F.C Barcelona’s coach was voted Coach of the Year; while Carli Lloyd of the United States was awarded the trophy for Women’s Player of the Year. With all the problems in international football’s hierarchy, the awards ceremony focused world attention on what was a “feel good” moment.



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