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FC Barcelona News. 12 January 2016; Lionel Messi Wins Ballon d'Or as Barcelona Dominate Ceremony

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Lionel Messi wins fifth FIFA Ballon d’Or | FC Barcelona
On Monday evening at the Kongresshaus in Zürich, Switzerland, FC Barcelona's almighty number 10 won his fifth Ballon d'Or, once again reaching the apotheosis of the sport he has long dominated by reclaiming the award he had already won on four previous occasions — astonishingly, all in a row in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Messi's fifth Ballon d'Or: We believe in dreams | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi’s legend just gets bigger and bigger. After winning the FIFA Ballon d’Or for a staggering fifth time in his illustrious career. In honour of the achievement, FC Barcelona has put together this commemorative video, titled ‘We believe in dreams’.

Leo Messi: I never imagined this when I was young | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi was visibly emotional as went up on stage at the Kongresshaus in Zurich to collect his fifth Ballon d’Or, the only man to have achieved such a feat: "It’s incredible to have won a fifth. That is a lot more than I imagined when I was little." The Barça number 10 was one of the architects of one of the best years in the Club’s history, winning the League, Champions League, Copa del Rey, the UEFA Super Cup and the World Club Cup.

Made of gold! Magical Messi is the most dominant player of all time -
No player had ever won four Ballons d'Or prior to Messi, let alone five. But at the age of just 28, the Barcelona forward claimed the prestigious prize for the fifth time in Zurich on Monday, and even if he fails to add to that tally in the next few years, it is unlikely to be beaten any time soon. Perhaps ever.

Leo Messi says it's all down to his team mates | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi and Neymar brought a bit of colour to the press conference in Zurich ahead of the Ballon d’Or ceremony in which Cristiano Ronaldo also featured. The two Barça players were proud to be part of events in Switzerland, the Argentine involved for the ninth year in a row, the Brazilian enjoying his first. The pair highlighted the successes of 2015 with the blaugranes.

FIFA Ballon d'Or 2015 voting in detail | FC Barcelona
The details of Leo Messi’s fifth Ballon d’Or have been published, and it turns out it was quite a convincing victory. The Argentinian collected 41.33% of the votes, while second placed Cristiano Ronaldo had 27.76% and Neymar Jr 7.86%.

Messi's fifth Ballon d'Or on social networks | FC Barcelona
Team-mates and the rest of the footballing world have congratulated Lionel Messi after he was named best player in the world yet again in Zurich.

FC Barcelona players with eleven Ballon d'Or awards | FC Barcelona
On Monday Leo Messi received his fifth Ballon d’Or award, adding to his already impressive legacy in an FC Barcelona shirt. This latest triumph by the Argentine also signified an eleventh victory in the competition for Barça players, extending thier record as the team whose members have claimed the prize most.

Ronaldinho made Barcelona global Messi made universal - ESPN FC
Messi collected his record fifth FIFA World Player of the Year award earlier on Monday, beating Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and Barca teammate Neymar to the prize. Messi, who is the Blaugrana's all-time leading scorer, has won four Champions League titles during his time with Barcelona and helped make the club a household name throughout the world.

Lionel Messi father fetes Ballon d'Or via letter to son - ESPN FC
Lionel Messi's father, Jorge Messi, expressed his pride for his son's fifth Ballon d'Or win via letter. In his letter to the Barcelona star, published by Spanish daily Marca, Messi Senior wrote: "Our family is so proud of him because everything he has accomplished he has done so through hard work."

Luis Enrique named Coach of the Year | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique has won the Coach of the Year award at the FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala in the Kongresshaus, Zurich on Monday. It comes in recognition of an incredible 2015 in which he led FC Barcelona to five out of six titles, and became the second manager of the club to win the treble of both domestic titles and the Champions League, rounding off a wonderful twelve months with the Club World Cup crown in Japan.

Messi, Neymar, Alves and Iniesta and named to FIFA FIFPro World XI for 2015 | FC Barcelona
The FIFA FIFPro World XI for 2015 was unveiled at the FIFA Gala on Monday evening in Zurich, Switzerland and, as expected, FC Barcelona was well represented following another record-breaking year during which they bagged an unprecedented second domestic treble and five overall titles.

Chasing the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or, minute by minute | FC Barcelona
Stay up to date with all the latest news and information in the build up to today's FIFA Gala, set for 6.30pm CET at the Kongresshaus in Zurich, Switzerland Among the awards given we'll find out who is named the world's best player, who wins the Coach os the Year award, and who makes the top XI for 2015 (all times CET).

Alves: Surprised Neymar wasn’t second | Football Espana
Dani Alves believes Neymar will succeed Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi as perennial Ballon d’Or winner and should have been ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo. Messi claimed a record fifth Ballon d’Or on Monday, receiving more votes than Ronaldo and Neymar, having lost out to the Real Madrid forward in the past two years.

The FC Barcelona party’s trip to Zurich | FC Barcelona
On the flight, Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu was accompanied by the team's two Ballon d'Or finalists, Leo Messi and Neymar Jr; and Andrés Iniesta and Dani Alves, who have been nominated for the Team of the Year. All four players trained in the morning before heading to the airport.

Wendell Lira wins 2015 FIFA Puskas Award over Lionel Messi - ESPN FC
Wendell Lira won the 2015 FIFA Puskas Award for his spinning bicycle kick while playing for Goianesia in the Brazilian Goias state championship. Lira, 27, upset the favoured Lionel Messi, who was a finalist for his goal for Barcelona against Athletic Bilbao in May's Copa del Rey final. The Brazilian was honoured at the Ballon d'Or ceremony on Monday in Zurich, where Messi later took the top honour as World Player of the Year.

Last session before Copa del Rey second leg derby | FC Barcelona
The FC Barcelona carried out on Tuesday their final training session prior to the second leg of their Copa del Rey last 16 tie against Espanyol. After the Club’s success at Monday’s Ballon d’Or gala in Zurich, there was a great atmosphere amongst the squad for the workout which took place at the Camp Tito Vilanova at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper.

Rival watch: No changes at the top of the table | FC Barcelona
Although FC Barcelona — by beating Granada 4–0 at Camp Nou on Saturday afternoon — did its part to ratchet up the pressure on the other top teams in La Liga, none of them seemed to flinch, as the first four in the table all won fairly easily in Week 19 action.

Lionel Messi unlikely to play for Argentina at Olympics - ESPN FC
Argentina coach Gerardo Martino says he does not expect Barcelona forward Lionel Messi to play in this summer's Olympic Games tournament in Rio de Janeiro. Messi won a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing but has not won any silverware with his country since, despite the Albiceleste reaching the final at both the 2014 World Cup and 2015 Copa America.

Lionel Messi wants to finish his career at home in Barcelona - ESPN FC
Lionel Messi says he wants to finish his career at Barcelona, ending any speculation that he is set to leave the club in the near future. After winning a historic fifth Ballon d'Or at Monday's ceremony in Zurich, the Argentine said it his intention to finish his career where he started -- "at home" in Barcelona.

Barcelona criticised over Catalan president tweet - ESPN FC
Barcelona have become involved in political controversy after sending a tweet congratulating new Catalan regional president Carles Puigdemont on Sunday, drawing criticism from Spanish league chief Javier Tebas. Months of political deadlock in the Catalan capital ended over the weekend when previous president Artur Mas stepped aside and Puigdemont was voted in to head a pro-independence coalition in the regional parliament.

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