LiveFifa Ballon d'Or ceremony as it happened

Summary

  1. Lionel Messi named world's best player
  2. US midfielder Carli Lloyd wins Women's Player of the Year
  3. Barcelona boss Luis Enrique named Coach of the Year
  4. US World Cup winner Jill Ellis wins Women's Coach of the Year
  5. Four from Barca and four from Real on FifPro World XI
  6. GET INVOLVED: #bbcfootball

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By Jonathan Jurejko

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Goodbye!

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As winner Lionel Messi waves goodbye to the Ballon d'Or stage (presumably to have a glass of something fizzy to celebrate), it is time for us to say farewell too.

But the excitement doesn't stop there - head over here to follow the FA Cup fourth round draw. See you next year!

The voting breakdown

You can always count on support from your family apparently. Not Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba. His brother Florentin, the Guinea national captain, chose not to vote for his younger sibling, instead choosing Messi, Ronaldo and Manuel Neuer as his top three.

The voting breakdown

Did Messi and Ronaldo vote for each other?

Not for the first time, Messi and Ronaldo showed tactical voting at its worst.

Argentina skipper Messi's top three comprised of Luis Suarez, Neymar and Andres Iniesta. Coincidentally they are all Barcelona players.

Portugal captain Ronaldo? He plumped for Karim Benzema, James Rodriguez and Gareth Bale. And, in case you didn't know, they all play with him at Real Madrid...

The voting breakdown

Did Messi and Ronaldo vote for each other?

One of the most exciting post-Ballon d'Or pastimes is trawling through the entire voting breakdown and analysing all of the picks.

Messi and Ronaldo are the best two players on the planet without question, right? Not in each other's eyes.

Neither man made the other's top three choices...

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Kumbundoo Iddrisu: And Messi wins for the 5th time. Well deserved. I can see Neymar winning in the coming years. 

Edwin Makokha: Ballon d'Or for Messi, again? yawn!

Kandela Wilberforce: Congrats Lionel Messi on winning your fifth prestige Ballon d'Or. #Messi is a genius!!!

Messi's grin is wider than the River Thames as he manages to find the phrase 'thank you' in his limited English vocabulary when congratulated on stage by US women's coach Jill Ellis.

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Northern Irish host James Nesbitt uses the final credits on Fifa's live programme from Zurich to take a selfie with Lionel Messi, shortly after the Argentine is joined on stage by his female counterpart Carli Lloyd.

Ballon d'Or winner

Lionel Messi

Barcelona's five-time winner Messi on regaining the golden bauble: "It is a special moment to win another Ballon d'Or after watching Cristiano win. It is incredible it is my fifth, more than I dreamed of as a kid.

"I would like to thank all who voted for me, my teammates and football in general for everything it has brought me, bad and good, it has made me grow and learn always."

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Ballon d'Or winner

Lionel Messi

Sat in the front row, Messi's son grins and waves at his dad, who strokes he famous golden bauble as he thanks all the important people - his team-mates, his wife, his agent.... Even great rival Cristiano Ronaldo manages a smile. He doesn't mean it does he?!

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CHAMPAGNE MOMENT - Lionel Messi

2015 Ballon d'Or winner

There was never any doubt was there?! Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi wins his fifth Ballon d'Or.

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Ballon d'Or announcement

Messi, Neymar or Ronaldo?

He was so good they named him, er, once. Brazil legend Kaka, who won the 2007 Ballon d'Or, is introduced on stage to present the main prize.

"When I arrived here yesterday the feeling about when I won the Ballon d'Or came back. I know Cristiano and Lionel, despite winning many times, will be feeling the same now."

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Who votes in the Ballon d'Or?

The three-man shortlist of Messi, Neymar and Ronaldo was named from an initial long list of 23 players.

Wales forward Gareth Bale was the sole Briton nominated, along with five men based in the English Premier League.

But - like Bale - Manchester City trio Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne and Yaya Toure , plus Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez and Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard, were all trimmed at the first stage.

Votes are cast by the coaches and captains of all international teams - plus a selection of journalists - to decide the Ballon d'Or winner.

Now is the perfect time to remind you of Roy Hodgson's vote last year. Unheralded Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano. Obviously.

Ballon d'Or

Messi, Neymar or Ronaldo?

Now for the main event....

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Carli Lloyd reaction

Women's World Player of the Year

Carli Lloyd: "It is an honour. It has been a dream, ever since I started with the national team. I would not be here without my teammates.

"Keep your dreams and just go after them."

CHAMPAGNE MOMENT - Carli Lloyd

Women's World Player of the Year

Carli Lloyd! The United States midfielder struggles to hold back the tears, saying "sorry" to the audience as she composes herself.

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Women's World Player of the Year

The three nominees are Carli Lloyd, Celia Sasic and Aya Miyama.

And the winner is *drum roll please*....

3 of these people didn't score a hat-trick in the World Cup final, incl one from halfway line. #theshame #BallondOr

 The three above are the nominees for the Women's Player of the Year award, (from left to right) America's Carli Lloyd, Germany's Celia Sasic and Japan's Aya Miyama, 

The hat-trick scorer? Carli Lloyd.

Ballon d'Or nominee

Neymar (Barcelona)

Neymar: "We are all share responsibility and than is an honour when you play with a team like Barcelona.

"Believe in your dreams, work hard and go for your goals. With all this, one day you will get there.

"I have two great idols. I have been following them for years and today I am sitting alongside them. To be here is a victory, a dream. If I win I could have a party, if I don't lets have a party."

Ballon d'Or nominee

Neymar (Barcelona)

Hmmm wonder who the final nominee is...

Of course, it is Brazil talisman Neymar. The Barca forward bagged 39 goals in 51 matches as the Spanish side swept all before them.

"If you win tonight and beat Lionel Messi will it be awkward on the plane back to Barcelona?" asks host James Nesbitt.

Neymar laughs. So does Messi, who is sat down in front of the stage. 

"To be here is a dream come true. If I win I'll go and have a party - if I don't win I'll go and have a party!" says Neymar.

CHAMPAGNE MOMENT - Wendell Lira

Puskas Award

"Me?! The Winner?!" 

Wendell Lira is unmoved as his name is announced as the winner of the Puskas Award.

Finally he rips off his translation headphones to clamber onto stage. Perhaps he wanted to hear the announcement in his own language to make sure it wasn't a joke.

Luckily his missus makes up for his lack of emotion by turning on the waterworks.

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Puskas Award - goal of the year

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There are three nominees for this year's award and, as you'd expect, they're all stunners.

The first is Roma full-back Alessandro Florenzi, who scored a frankly outrageous 55-yard screamer from the wing against Barcelona in a Champions League group game.

Second is Wendell Lira, who scored a spectacular overhead kick in Brazil’s Goiano state league for Atletico Goianiense against Goianesia.

And third is a more familiar name at these awards ceremonies - Lionel Messi. The Barcelona star picked the ball up near halfway in the Copa del Rey final against Athletic Bilbao, beat four met, cut inside and fired home.

You can watch all the goals on Fifa's website here.

Puskas Award

Back on to the awards. Next up? The Puskas Award given to the best goal of 2015...

Is that Lionel Messi up on his feet grooving away to Leona?! Of course it isn't...

Who wants a bit of a boogie? In true awards ceremony fashion, the prizes are being broken up by a musical interlude. No covers crooner at the Ballon d'Or ceremony however. Nope, here we have "British singing sensation" Leona Lewis. I use quote marks because that's how Fifa, not me, describe the former X Factor winner.

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Agada B Christian: Alexis Sanchez should have replaced Modric on that FifPro list. Biased 

Maztur Unger: Watching the Ballon d'Or all the way from Indonesia. I love Cristiano, but I think Messi will edge ahead this time, deservedly.

Kyalo: Messi deserves to win for winning five club cups in 2015 and taking Argentina to the Copa America final

Women's World Player of the Year

Celia Sasic (Germany)

Time to meet the final nominee for Women's World Player of the Year. And it is a player who does not even play competitive football anymore.

Celia Sasic scored six goals at last year's World Cup to win the 'Golden Boot' gong, but retired shortly after at the ripe old age of 27 to concentrate on her studies and raising a family.

"In the near future I have other plans and other challenges - I'm looking forward to it," she says.

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Ballon d'Or nominee

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

Cristiano Ronaldo, speaking on stage: "I am a big kid. My job is to help my team achieve trophies, scores goals, be part of the team. This is what I love to do, I love to make people happy.

"I am a glad person and I feel special for that. My goal is always to be at the top level, try to do my best and to carry on like that.

"I am still young, I still want to play more years and I want to make people happy."

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Ballon d'Or nominee

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

Another player that we know everything about...Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Real Madrid forward scored a whopping 57 goals in 57 appearances in 2015 - but he didn't lift any silverware.

Will that count against him? Not if host James Nesbitt has anything to do with the vote (he doesn't). More gushing from the Manchester United-supporting host over the former Old Trafford player.

Fair Play Award

Clubs and associations helping refugees

Bafana Bafana hero Lucas Radebe says "the plight of refugees is a global commitment and needs global action. And football has played its part".

And he then reveals that this year's Fifa Fair Play Award is to be dedicated to clubs and associations, who have been helping refugees across the world. Former Germany forward Gerald Asamoah collects the prize.

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Fair Play Award

This award is pretty self-explanatory. But here's how the governing body explain it:

"Each year Fifa also commends other persons or institutions for their fair play, an issue that has always been of crucial significance to world football's governing body. Fifa aims to promote the principles of fair play through projects and campaigns."

One of the true Premier League legends* is up on the stage to announce the Fifa Fair Play award...Lucas Radebe.

What do you mean he isn't a Premier League legend?! The former Leeds United and South Africa skipper was named by Nelson Mandela as one of his heroes so that's good enough for me.

* And I'm slightly biased as a Leeds United fan...

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Women's World Player of the Year nominee

Aya Miyama (Japan)

Time to meet our next nominee for the Women's World Player of the Year award - Japan's Aya Miyama.

"Slight in build and small in stature, Aya Miyama has used 2015 to confirm herself as a true giant of the women’s game," says the Fifa website.

I couldn't have put it any better myself...

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