FC Barcelona and Argentina's forward Lionel Messi (C) holds his trophy flanked by FIFA interim president Issa Hayatou (L) and Brazil and Orlando City midfielder Kaka after receiving the 2015 FIFA Ballon dOr award for player of the year during the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP / FABRICE COFFRINI        (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)
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adidas pays tribute as Messi wins fifth Ballon d’Or

Lionel Messi is better than gold — timeless, invaluable and inspiring awe in every corner of the world. That much was confirmed today as the little magician won his record fifth Ballon d’Or award ahead of rival Cristiano Ronaldo and colleague Neymar, earning him platinum status from adidas. What did you expect? Leo Messi is here…