Leo Messi i Neymar Jr durant la gala de la Pilota d'Or 2015 / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

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.

The Argentine was humble as always, thanking others for his success: “Without my team mates this would not have been possible.” He added: “I dedicate it to my team, my family and all the people who love me and follow me around the world.” The Barça number 10 also had words of encouragement for his team mate Luis Suárez: “He also deserved to be here. Above all for the year he had on an individual level and because he was very important for us. I am sure he will be here in the future because he is an extraordinary player and let’s hope all three of us can be here.”

Neymar praise for his fellow striker

The Brazilian came in third in the voting and had nothing but praise for Leo Messi: “For me he is amazing. Leo is the best on the planet, he deserves it and he is our superstar.” The Barça number 11 revealed that he would keep working hard to “win it one day”, adding that he hope next year the three finalists for the FIFA Ballon d’Or would be the ‘trident’ because this year they “deserved it.”

For president Bartomeu team spirit key

The FC Barcelona president was also proud of his team achievements at the FIFA Ballon d’Or awards. “The most important thing is the effort, the sacrifice and that allows people to enjoy it. The performance as a team is important but when a player stands out so much, you have to admire it.” For Bartomeu, Messi “represents the effort of the whole Club. He shows once again that he is at the peak of football and I am sure he is already thinking about his next challenge.”

Leo Messi “I never imagined winning so many” por fcbarcelona
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