Messi wins his fifth Ballon d’Or
On 11 January in Zurich, football superstar and Funtastic’s partner Lionel Messi stepped up to collect his fifth Ballon d’Or, confirming his dominance of the world game. It’s official – Funtastic has the world’s best player on their side.
The FC Barcelona No.10 had a spectacular year leading his team to win Liga, Copa del Rey, Champions League, European Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup. That’s five title wins on the ground for the Argentinian to match his record-breaking 5 Ballon d’Or trophies.
Messi was ecstatic to win the award after being beaten by nemesis Cristiano Ronaldo in the last two years. Messi said “It’s a very special moment for me, winning another Ballon d’Or after being in the audience watching Cristiano win the last two years”. He continued “It’s incredible this is my fifth. It’s much more than anything I’ve dreamed of as a kid.”
Messi received a staggering 41.33% of all votes ahead of Ronaldo 27.76% and Neymar 7.86%.
Soccer greats have applauded Messi. Former Barcelona teammate and Arsenal legend Thierry Henry was recently quoted as saying “sometimes I ask myself if Messi is human”. Liverpool legend Stephen Gerrard Tweeted “The best in the world! Genius. The best ever? I think so!”
FC Barcelona coach Luis Enrique summed up his thoughts on Messi with this quote “Messi is the best in the world without any doubt and for me the history of football.”
Three time Ballon d’Or winner Johan Cruyff said before the win “For the world of football, Messi is a treasure because he is a role model for children around the world … Messi will be the player to win the most Ballons d’Or in history. He will win five, six, seven. He is incomparable. He’s in a different league.”
Mirroring the success of the man, Funtastic’s Leo Messi FootBubbles™ have been a global success, loved by children around the world as they play FootBubbles™ like their idol. Funtastic is proud to work closely with Leo Messi and his management team and looks forward to announcing more exciting projects with this incredible superstar in the near future.