Messi said team awards are always better than individual honors. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI
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Barcelona star Lionel Messi won a record fifth FIFA Ballon d'Or award for the world's best player at a ceremony in Zurich Monday.Messi, who voted for his Barca teammate Luis Suarez, had 41 percent of the vote, Ronaldo getting 28 percent and Neymar 8.0 percent.Messi was the star player as Barcelona won the treble of Champions League, La Liga and Spanish Cup last season, before also adding the Club World Cup last month.Although he became the first ever player to win the award five times, Messi had said earlier that he would swap all those individual accolades for a World Cup success.Barca and Real dominated the team of the year as well with four players each, including Messi, Neymar and Ronaldo.
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