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Leo Messi, the fifth: Return of the king

Lionel Messi won the FIFA Ballon d'Or award for the fifth time in Zurich.

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Lionel Messi got his hands on the FIFA Ballon d'Or trophy for the record fifth time. (Source: Reuters)

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Lionel Messi took 41.33 percent of the votes while Cristiano Ronaldo, who won the award in the last two years, got 27.76 percent votes. (Source: Reuters)

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It was a star-studded ceremony which was broadcast to 190 countries and attended by 1100 guests. Seen here: Messi kisses his girlfriend after he was announced the winner. (Source: AP)

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Cristiano Ronaldo congratulates Lionel Messi for the FIFA Ballon d'Or. Ronaldo was the winner in 2013, 2014. (Source: AP)

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Neymar was all smiles after his Barcelona teammate won the award. Neymar too was in the race but he got only 7.86 percent of votes. (Source: Reuters)

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FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi of Argentina (R) poses with other laureates during the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2015 award ceremony in Zurich. (Source: Reuters)

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United States World Cup winner Carli Lloyd (L), who scored a hat-trick in the final against Japan, was named women’s player of the year. (Source: Reuters)

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Winners of the FIFA/FIFPro World XI 2015 pose with their trophies during the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2015 soccer awards ceremony in Zurich. (Source: Reuters)