A legend, a king deposed and a natty dresser

Lionel Messi’s fifth FIFA Ballon d’Or triumph at the 2015 Gala received in depth coverage in newspapers around the globe, not least in the 3 nations that had representatives on the shortlist for the biggest award on the night. While the Argentinian media heaped praise around the winner, their Portuguese counterparts focused on the handover from Cristiano Ronaldo to Messi, although the Brazilian press expressed its assistance for Neymar, additionally they hailed Wendell Lira, the winner with the FIFA Pusk¨¢s Award for the purpose of the year.

‘LM5’ was the headline chosen by Argentinian sports everydayweb page, devoted just about totally towards the Albiceleste No10. On its inside pages, the paper described Messi as ‘an era-defining player’. ‘There’s not a single market place exactly where you can invest in enduring results and not a single marketing and advertising campaign that will produce it,’ it said. ‘Messi would be the greatest of all realities, a reality so distinct and in depth that it’s hard to recall such a dominant reign in planet football. Leo is suitable there inside the elite with Pele, (Alfredo) Di Stefano, (Johan) Cruyff, (Franz) Beckenbauer and (Diego) Maradona.’

For its aspect, La Naci¨?n described Messi as ‘a legend with five Ballons d’Ors’ and recalled that in 2006, on his 1st appearance on the award shortlist, he completed 20th with a single vote to his name. Since then he has developed to such an extent that he has now won the accolade extra occasions than any other player, leading the paper to speak of a ‘Messi empire.’ ‘He’s ruled the planet for so extended because he pursues the sort of intensity which has by no means been seen prior to. He generally strives for more and pushes the boundaries. The genius doesn’t rest plus the exceptional becomes a organic component of his routine. Resting on his laurels is boring to him. That’s why he gets far better and better.’

Brazil thrills to Lira and Neymar
The picture of an emotional Wendell Lira getting the Pusk¨¢s Award took pride of location inside the print editions of Brazil’s dailies, at the expense of Neymar. That did not stop former national team coach Carlos Alberto Parreira and Mexico FIFA Planet Cup 1970? winner Tostao from praising the ex-Santos star, on the other hand, with both agreeing that the Barcelona man has what it requires to turn into ‘the ideal in the world ahead of too long’, if he keeps developing.

Quite a few papers also pointed out that Messi voted for Uruguay’s Luis Suarez as his Player in the Year.