The award for the world’s best football player was Messi’s fifth Balloon d’or.
“I am taking this with peacefulness, enjoying it, always thinking that it’s thanks to my side and my team-mates I am where I am now. Thanks to everything we won last year I was able to win this award. I am enjoying this and also sharing it with all of them,” Messi told reporters.
Neymar, Messi’s Barcelona teammate, told reporters that “He’s an idol and an example.”
“I have fallen in love with him,” Neymar said.