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Lionel Messi wins Ballon d'Or again, Arsene Wenger disapproves

Lionel Messi wins Ballon d'Or again, Arsene Wenger disapproves - Argentina forward Lionel Messi took his soccer brilliance to another level when he received the Ballon D'Or for the fifth time in his career.

Football star Messi got 41.33 percent of the votes followed by Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo with 27.76 percent votes and Brazil forward Neymar third with 7.86 percent votes.

Barcelona's Luis Enrique was voted coach of the year, while United States World Cup winner Carli Lloyd, who scored a hat-trick in the final against Japan, was named women's player of the year.

However, Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger, said "I'm a big enemy of the Ballon d'Or. Who will win it? You know as well as I do that it's certainly Messi who will win it. I think so. Overall I'm not a big fan of that."

FIFA's breakdown revealed tactical voting among the 165 national team coaches, 162 national team captains and 171 media representatives who cast votes. Messi named Barcelona team mates Andres Iniesta, Luis Suarez and Neymar as his top three.

On the other hand, Ronaldo picked 3 Real Madrid team mates - Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, and James Rodriguez. Belgium captain Vincent Kompany choose his team mates Kevin de Bruyne and Eden Hazard as his top two. Surprisingly, Spain captain Iker Casillas, who now plays for Portuguese club Porto, was among those who did not vote.

FIFA is facing criminal investigations in both Switzerland and the US, where some leading officials are among 41 individuals and sports entities who have been accused on corruption charges.

Outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter was not involved after being banned for 8 years by the Ethics Committee and there was no President's Award, normally given out by Blatter for outstanding services to the game.