Messi wins 5th Ballon d'Or!
OK, I guess we all knew this was coming - but, still, it's Messi! Let's celebrate the world's best player! At the Ballon d'Or awards on Monday in Zurich, Switzerland, Messi beat out finalists Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo to win his FIFTH Ballon d'Or, a record. Ronaldo had won the past two years with Messi finishing second both times, but it was a change in fortunes for Messi this time around, as Ronaldo came in second in voting with Neymar third.
It's hard to argue: Messi was the best player in the world in 2015. No question about it, he deserved this award. The Barcelona forward scored a ridiculous 52 goals and assisted a further 26 in 61 games for Barcelona and Argentina in 2015, and did all that while spending two months injured toward the end of the year.
He received 41.33% of the votes, compared to 27.76% for Ronaldo and 7.86% for Neymar.
He is the unquestioned of a Barcelona team that had one of the most dominant seasons for any club, of all time, in 2015. The Spanish side won Spain's La Liga and Copa del Rey, the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup.
In short, Messi led Barcelona, one of world football's most famous and storied clubs, to arguably their best season ever. How's that for dominant? My favorite Messi moment from the season has to be when he put Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng - who, for my money, is a top 5 center-half in his own right - on the FLOOR during the Champions League final with a ridiculous shimmy move.
He humiliated one of the world's best defenders and made it look easy, as he always does. He had so many world-class moments this season, and there was really no question for me that he was the world's best.
The only remaining question is: is Messi the best of all time? That's a debate for another time, I think. Congrats also to Neymar, the world's most exciting young player. He is showing that he was worth everything it took for Barcelona to bring him to the team and is making a case of his own for being the world's best - though he still is behind Messi by almost any account. I love watching the Brazilian kid play, and he's only going to get better in the coming years. This could be a sign of the decline of Cristiano Ronaldo, who is getting up there in age. He had a great season but doesn't seem to be the same player he was a few years ago. He had his run, but it's difficult for me to imagine him returning to the quality he showed a few years ago. He simply does not possess the same pace he once did. Any arguments to Messi being the world's best and deserving the award?
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