Messi wins fifth Ballon d’Or: Factfile of the Argentine

Lionel Messi beat eternal rival Cristiano Ronaldo to take back his crown as the undisputed king of world football by lifting a record fifth Ballon d'Or on Monday.

Lionel Messi won the World Player of the Year award at the FIFA Ballon d'Or for the fifth time.   -  Reuters

Factfile on Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi, who won the Ballon d'Or for a record fifth time on Monday.

Name: Lionel Andres Messi

Nationality: Argentinian

Date of Birth: June 24, 1987. Age 28

Place of Birth: Rosario, Argentina

Club: Barcelona (ESP/since 2000)

International appearances: 105

International goals: 49

International debut: August 17, 2005, Hungary 1 Argentina 2

Honours

Club

Champions League (4): 2005-06, 2008-09, 2010-11, 2014-15

Club World Cup (3): 2009, 2011, 2015

European Super Cup (3): 2009, 2011, 2015

Spanish Championships (7): 2004-05, 2005-06, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2012-13, 2014-15

Spanish Cup (3): 2008-09, 2011-12, 2014-15

Spanish Super Cups (6) 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013

International

World Cup: Finalist (2010), Quarter-finalist (2006, 2010), 15 matches, 5 goals

Copa America: Finalist (2015, 2007), Quarter-finalist (2011), 16 matches, 3 goals

Olympic gold medal (1): 2008

Under-20 World Cup (1): 2005

Individual Honours:

Ballon D'Or (5): 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015

Top scorer in the Spanish league (3): 2009-2010 (34 goals), 2011-2012 (50 goals), 2012-13 (46 goals)

Top scorer in the Champions League (5): 2008-2009 (9 goals), 2009-2010 (8 goals), 2010-2011 (12 goals), 2011-2012 (14 goals), 2014-15 (10 goals)

World Cup Golden Ball (1): 2014

Olympic player of the tournament (1): 2008

Under-20 World Cup player of the tournament (1): 2005

Top scorer at Under-20 World Cup (1): 2005 (6 goals)

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