Lionel Messi is understandably over the moon after a claiming a record fifth Ballon d’Or trophy on Monday night.
However, while the attention is beamed on the Argentine striker, he was quick to state that he would not have been able to claim the Ballon d’Or trophy yet again if it were not for the help of his teammates.
Messi saw off fierce competition from his fierce and perennial rival, Cristiano Ronaldo as well as his Barcelona teammate to claim the top prize at Monday’s gala in Zurich.
In the period under review, the 28-year-old helped Barcelona win La Liga, the Champions League, the Copa del Rey and the Club World Cup in 2015.
“It’s a very special moment for me to back here on this stage after being in the audience, watching Ronaldo win. It’s incredible that it’s my fifth and much more than I ever dreamt of as a kid. I want to thank everyone who voted for me and all my teammates,” said Messi.
“Without them, none of this would’ve happened. I thank football in general, both the bad and good because it’s made me grow and learn. That’s all and thank you for everything.”
While Messi’s Barcelona teammates dominated the Europe XI, his club coach Luis Enrique, was also named the FIFA Coach of the Year in Zurich