first_imgNow score it Lionel Messi 5, Cristiano Ronaldo 3.Messi won the Ballon d’Or trophy yesterday as the world’s best player in 2015, ending Cristiano Ronaldo’s two-year hold on soccer’s top individual honor.”It’s incredible that it’s my fifth,” said the 28-year-old Barcelona and Argentina forward, who won four straight FIFA awards from 2009-12.Messi earned his record-extending fifth after being runner-up to his great rival for the past two years.”It’s a very special moment for me to be back here on the stage,” Messi said in Spanish in his acceptance speech, “after being there in the audience watching Cristiano win.”Five major titles for Barcelona last year – leaving none for Ronaldo’s Real Madrid – brought the golden ball back into Messi’s hands. It was not even close.Messi got 41.33 percent of total voting points in a 23-candidate ballot. Ronaldo received 27.76 percent and third-place Neymar, Messi’s Barcelona teammate from Brazil, got 7.86 percent. Voting was by national team captains and coaches, plus invited journalists, from FIFA member countries.It was a stellar night for Barcelona and the World Cup-winning United States women’s coachLuis Enrique was named best coach after guiding Barcelona to win the Champions League, Spain’s La Liga and cup, UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup.The women’s awards were won by U.S. captain Carli Lloyd and coach Jill Ellis.Lloyd stood out by scoring six World Cup goals, including a stunning hat-trick in the opening 16 minutes of a 5-2 rout of Japan in the final.”I honestly wouldn’t be sitting up here, standing up here, without my incredible teammates,” said Lloyd, who made the three-player shortlist for the first time at age 33.Lloyd got 35.28 per cent of the voting points, ahead of Germany’s Celia Sasic with 12.6 percent. Third-place Aya Miyama of Japan got 9.88 percent. Sasic also scored six goals in Canada to win the tournament Golden Boot, then retired aged just 27.Ellis won the coaching award in women’s football ahead of two men: Japan coach Norio Sasaki and Mark Sampson, who led England to third place at the World Cup.English-born Ellis got the most dominating win. She scored 42.98 percent, ahead of Sasaki on 17.79 percent and Sampson’s 10.68 percent.Pep Guardiola, now coaching Bayern Munich, placed second to his former teammate yesterday, getting 22.97 percent against for 31.08 per cent for Barcelona’s Luis Enrique. Neither could attend due to team commitments. Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli placed third, on 9.47 percent, for guiding the host to a first Copa America title.Messi lost out in the Puskas Award for most beautiful goal to Wendell Lira of Brazil. Lira’s bicycle kick for Goianesia against Atletico-GO in a league game topped an online poll that logged more than 1.6 million votes.last_img read more

first_imgFianna Fáil spokesperson on Children Charlie McConalogue TD has repeated his calls for a commitment from the Minister for Children on a time frame for the Referendum on Children’s Rights. The Donegal North East TD has urged Minister Frances Fitzgerald to use her attendance at the Early Childcare Conference in Donegal today to commit to a date for the vote.Deputy McConalogue said, “There is great concern that the important legislation enshrining children’s rights in our constitution could be slipping down the new government’s political agenda. During an interview with TV 3’s Midweek programme last week, Minister Frances Fitzgerald refused to commit to any time-frame for the Children’s Referendum and she poured cold water on proposals to hold the vote on the same day as the Presidential election.“I am deeply concerned about the new government’s silence on this issue since they took up office. Over the past number of years in opposition, Fine Gael and Labour constantly demanded an immediate date for the Children’s Referendum. Both parties were completely preoccupied with rushing the legislation before the people and had no patience for the time that was needed to ensure that the wording was safe and correct. “But now that they are in Government, Fine Gael and Labour appear to be dodging the issue despite Minister Fitzgerald having two agreed versions of the wording on her desk. There is a widespread view that holding the referendum on the same day as the Presidential election is a sensible idea. Despite Fine Gael agreeing with this during the general election campaign, they are now preparing the ground for yet another u-turn.“I am delighted that Frances Fitzgerald is coming to Ballybofey today to see first-hand the excellent work carried out by our early childcare and education sector in Donegal. The Minister’s attendance at the Donegal County Childcare Committee conference will provide a perfect forum for her to set out a time frame for the Referendum once and for all.“The Children’s Referendum is far too important to put on the long finger. Minister Fitzgerald must prove that her party’s focus on this issue wasn’t a simple ploy to win votes, by showing that she has a concrete plan for the Referendum. She can count on my full support for moves to progress this issue and put it before the people.”MINISTER MUST GIVE TIMEFRAME ON CHILDREN’S RIGHTS REFERENDUM – McCONALOGUE was last modified: May 7th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more