The award comes to Messi as retribution after the player had missed out on the Ballon D’Or to his arch arrival Cristiano Ronaldo beginning of 2015.
The award was presented to Messi during the European Champions League draw on Thursday. An electronic vote took place among 54 Journalists while the players were on stage. The Argentinean managed to beat Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez to the coveted prize.
Messi has had a year in which he has won every trophy, aside from the Spanish super cup, that he has competed in with Barcelona and beating Juventus in the Champions League final.
This award will come as a big boost for Messi in his pursuit of his record fifth Ballon D’Or to be awarded in January in 2016.