Ballon d’Or: Lionel Messi closes Cristiano Ronaldo’s triumphant streak

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lionel-messi-carli-lloyd-ballon-dor-exlarge-169Following a year in which Barcelona re-built up itself as the world’s top football group, Lionel Messi has recovered his crown as the best player on the planet.

The Argentine maestro finished Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo’s two-year grasp on the FIFA Ballon d’Or honor at Monday’s recompenses service in Zurich, additionally taking off Barcelona clubmate Neymar.

He got 41.33% of the votes from the world’s national group mentors, skippers and media delegates, while Ronaldo won 27.76% and Neymar 7.86%.

“It is an exceptionally uncommon minute for me to be back here on this stage, winning again another Ballon d’Or in the wake of arriving in the group of onlookers watching Cristiano win,” the 28-year-old said, as his young family viewed in the group.

“It’s unimaginable this is my fifth. It’s substantially more than anything I’ve longed for as a child. I need to thank everybody who voted in favor of me and I need to thank my partners. What’s more, ultimately, I need to thank football by and large to everything it has brought me. Both the terrible and the great. Since it has made me learn and develop.”

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