Wayne Rooney and more: Twitter reacts as Lionel Messi wins Ballon d’Or 2015
Wayne Rooney and Alan Shearer both tweet their thoughts as Lionel Messi beats Cristiano Ronaldo to win his fifth Ballon d'Or award
Lionel Messi won his fifth Ballon d’Or award on Monday night, beating off competition from Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar to claim the prize for the first time since 2012.
The 28-year-old Argentina international took 41.33 per cent of the vote, with Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo (27.76 per cent) second and Barca’s Neymar (7.86 per cent) third.
Messi scored 48 goals in 56 games for club and country in 2015 as he inspired Barcelona to a La Liga, Champions League and Copa del Rey treble last season.
Either Messi or Ronaldo – who collected the prize for the last two years – have won the past eight awards.
The prize, regarded as football’s most prestigious individual award, is voted for by national team managers and captains, and selected journalists named on a list compiled by France Football and Fifa.
Messi’s fifth triumph inevitably prompted plenty of activity on social media – and here are some of our favourite updates following the 2015 Ballon d’Or gala in Zurich.
— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) January 11, 2016
— Robert snodgrass (@robsnodgrass7) January 11, 2016
Congratulations to Lionel Messi on his 5th Ballon D'Or!!! Who'd have thought back then… Best Player Ever! pic.twitter.com/RmYet2lpQP
— Luis Garcia (@LuchoGarcia14) January 11, 2016
#BallondOr2016 messi the greatest 🙌🏾
— Jermaine Jenas (@jjenas8) January 11, 2016
— Tim Cahill (@Tim_Cahill) January 11, 2016
Messi 👏👏👏👏👏 #BallondOr
— Axel Witsel (@axelwitsel28) January 11, 2016
Congratulations to Lionel Messi on winning his 5th #BallondOr. Unbelievable achievement 👏🏼
— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) January 11, 2016
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) January 11, 2016