FIFA organized the annual star-studded event last night which attracted several footballers, coaches and stakeholders to witness the crowning of a new Ballon d’Or winner. Results of the votes cast had Lionel Messi emerge winner of the Award ousting Christiano Ronaldo who had previously won it.
Lionel Messi has beaten Christiano Ronaldo and Neymar, to win the most coveted Ballond’Or Award held last night in the beautiful city of Zurich, Switzerland. The Award which is an annual event is organized by FIFA to recognize the contributions of football players and coaches. the event was graced by most of the big names in football. Messi who had previously won the award for a record of four times, was elated and happy to make an another achievement.
“It is a very special moment for me to be back here on this stage winning again another Ballon d’Or’. it is incredible that this is my fifth. it is much more than anything I’ve dreamed of as a kid.”
Meanwhile, The organizers of the event honored refugees with the FIFA Fair Play Award which was to all football organizations who have supported refugees.
Here is a list of winners at the event.
Ballon d’Or: Lionel Messi
Women’s World Player of the Year: Carli Lloyd
FIFA Puskás Award: Wendell Lira
World Coach of the Year (Men): Luis Enrique
World Coach of the Year (Women): Jill Ellis
FIFApro World XI: Thiago Silva, Marcelo, Sagio Ramos, Dani Alves, Iniesta, Modric, Pogba, Messi, Neymar, Ronaldo
FIFA Fair Play Award: All Football Organizations supporting refugees
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However, Lionel Messi thanked his team mates for their support. He admitted that football has brought him thus far and has given him the chance to learn and grow.There are already rumours that the Barcelona team are planning for a huge celebration for the Ballon d’Or Winner who also is a member of the club.