Leo Messi Ballon d'Or 2015

Lionel Messi finished his magical 2014-15 season with the Champions League trophy and a total of 10 goals in 12 games in the competition. The same as his team-mate Neymar, and Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo. But Messi also has five assists, so he's joint Pichichi and best assister of the tournament.

Barcelona's No 10 finishes the season with 58 goals in total, with 43 in La Liga and the other five in the Copa del Rey. Three titles in a couple of weeks have finished the season off perfectly, including two goals in the Copa final... and all of this while playing from the right wing.

About to turn 28 years old, on June 24, Messi, Xavi and Iniesta are a select group of players at Barcelona who have won the Champions League four times. The club have only won it five times in total.

Although he didn't score in the final, he played a key part in all three of Barcelona's goals as they overcame Juventus 3-1 in Berlin. And he is surely now the prime candidate to win the Ballon d'Or, like he did in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. More than any other player.

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