Ballon d'Or: Lionel Messi wins for the 5th Time

Zurich: 28-year-old Barcelona forward Lionel Messi won the Ballon d'Or trophy for the world's best player for the fifth time on Monday.

Earlier, he claimed the award in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2009.

In 2016, he arned his record-extending fifth after being runner-up to his great rival for the past two years.

He had 41.33% of the vote, with Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo (27.76%) second and Barca's Neymar (7.86%) third.

United States midfielder Carli Lloyd, who scored a hat-trick in the World Cup final, won the women's award over Aya Miyama (Japan/Okayama Yunogo Belle) and Célia Šašić (Germany/Célia Šašić). Abby Wambach was the last American woman to win the award in 2012; she was followed by two German women.

News24 Bureau