Just as the prophecy foretold, Lionel Messi has just been crowned as the 2015 Ballon d’Or winner at the glitzy (and painfully bloated) award ceremony in Zurich.
— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) January 11, 2016
So that’s Ballon d’Or number five for Messi. The numbers are just totally abstract these days. The man is a phenomenon.
Proving the FIFA website leak wasn’t really kosher, the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year award went to Carli Lloyd, who scored a hat-trick for the US in the final of the Women’s World Cup. What a year, capped off in fitting style.
The two FIFA 2015 Coach of the Year awards went to Barcelona gaffer Luis Enrique and US women’s coach Jill Ellis. Fair enough. One won a World Cup, the other won just about everything else.
Wendell Lira won the Puskas Award for his stupendous overhead kick against Atletico-GO…