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FIFA Ballon d'Or awards: Lionel Messi, Carli Lloyd named best players

Published 2037 GMT (0437 HKT) January 11, 2016
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Carli Lloyd and Lionel Messi were named the world's best footballers at the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2015. Matthias Hangst/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Messi is congratulated by Barcelona teammate and fellow nominee Neymar after winning the men's award for the fifth time. FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Messi's Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo may have missed out on a third successive victory at the awards, but the Portugal star was a crowd-pleaser on the red carpet ahead of the ceremony in Zurich, Switzerland. MICHAEL BUHOLZER/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Lloyd, the first woman to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final, won the award for the first time. MICHAEL BUHOLZER/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Lloyd's national team coach Jill Ellis was also rewarded for last year's success in Canada, winning the women's coach award. FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
The men's coach award was won by Luis Enrique, who guided Barcelona to five trophies in 2015. The Spanish club's technical director Robert Fernandez accepted on behalf of the absent Enrique. OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
As an emotional Lloyd would do later in the evening, Brazilian striker Wendell Lira broke down in tears after winning the Puskas Award for best goal of the year. His acrobatic overhead kick beat efforts by Messi and Roma's Alessandro Florenzi. OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/AFP/Getty Images