Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has won the Ballon d’Or award for the world’s best player for the fifth time.

The 28-year-old Argentine had 41.33% of the vote, with Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo (27.76%) second and Barca’s Neymar (7.86%) third.

Either Messi or Ronaldo, who became a three-time winner last year, have won the past eight awards.

Meanwhile, Newcastle United has agreed a 12 million British Pounds fee with Swansea City to sign England midfielder Jonjo Shelvey.

The 23-year-old will have a medical at St James’ Park before a deal is completed today between the Premier League relegation rivals.

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