Unic Press UK: Lionel Messi [28yo] has won the 2015 FIFA Ballon d’Or award. He is the first footballer to win the award for the fifth time.
Messi garnered 41.33 % of the votes; Cristiano Ronaldo earned 27.76 %; and Neymar da Silva Santo received 7.86 %.
Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) said:
“Lionel Messi has won the FIFA Ballon d’Or for the best player in the world for the fifth time, while US midfielder Carli Lloyd has claimed her first-ever FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year award.
FC Barcelona coach Luis Enrique Martínez and US national team coach Jill Ellis have also been named for the first time as FIFA World Coaches of the Year for Men’s and Women’s Football respectively. The winners were chosen by the coaches and captains of the national teams as well as by international media representatives invited by FIFA and France Football. The entire electoral procedure was overseen and monitored by PricewaterhouseCoopers Switzerland (PwC).”
2015 FIFA FIFPro World XI
Goalkeeper: Manuel Neuer
Defenders: Thiago Silva, Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Dani Alves
Midfielders: Andres Iniesta, Luka Modric, Paul Pogba
Forwards: Neymar, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo.