Lionel Messi has won the FIFA world player of the year award for a record fifth time.
Messi ended Cristiano Ronaldo's two-year hold on the Ballon d'Or trophy on Monday to lift soccer's top individual honor.
The Barcelona forward regained the prize after his club won five major titles last year, leaving Ronaldo's Real Madrid with nothing.
"It's incredible that it's my fifth. It's much more than anything I dreamed of as a kid," Messi, who won four straight FIFA awards from 2009-12, said in his acceptance speech.
Messi got 41.33 percent of total voting points in a 23-candidate ballot. Ronaldo received 27.76 percent and third-place Neymar got 7.86...