Video - Lionel Messi claims FIFA World Player of the Year prize again

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Messi is World Player of the Year for a fifth time
Messi is World Player of the Year for a fifth time

Lionel Messi has been named as FIFA's Player of the Year for a fifth time, as he beat off the challenge of Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar to claim the prestigious award.

Messi enjoyed a sparkling 2015, as he led Barcelona to a Spanish league and cup double, before adding Champions League glory to his record as he helped the Catalan giants beat Juventus in last season's final.

Brazilian great and former winner of the prize Kaka presented the award to Messi, who offered up a gracious speech as he accepted the prize once again.

"It's incredible this is my fifth. It's much more than anything I've dreamed of as a kid," he said.

"I want to thank everyone who voted for me and I want to thank my team-mates - without them none of this would be possible.

"Lastly, I want to thank football in general for everything it has brought me, both the bad and the good, because it has made me grow and learn."

Messi secured 41.33 per cent of the vote, with Portugal hitman Ronaldo getting 27.76 per cent and third-placed Brazil striker Neymar 7.86 per cent.

Argentine legend Messi was an outstanding favourite to claim the prize, with goals like this last year adding to his already glittering legacy.

Messi's goal against Athletic Bilbao (above) was also nominated for the FIFA Puskas award, which celebrates the goal of the year, yet it was Wendell Lira who carried off that prize.

Twisting and turning through the air, Lira managed this nimble half-bicycle kick on his way to ground for Goianesia in Brazil's Goiano against Atletico-GO.

Barcelona boss Luis Enrique was named as coach of the year, after his sparkling 2015.

Meanwhile the FIFA Team of the Year was also confirmed, without a single player from England's Premier League included: