Argentina national football captain Lionel Messi has won the Ballon d’Or for the seventh time in his football career.
Messi scored 41 goals and registered 17 assists in 56 appearances in all competitions for club and country and led Argentina to a long-awaited Copa America win in the summer.
He also scored two goals as Barcelona beat Athletic Bilbao 4-0 in the Copa Del Rey final in April.
After losing seven finals with the national team, Messi collected both the Golden Ball and Golden Boot awards as La Albiceleste beat Brazil to win their first trophy since 1993.
It was Messi’s first international trophy and his stellar tournament helped propel him to yet another individual prize.
Messi, who has four goals in nine games for new club Paris Saint-Germain, collected his latest Ballon d’Or at a ceremony hosted by Chelsea legend Didier Drogba at the Theatre du Chatelet in the French capital France.