18:40 GMT - All three finalists are dressed pretty conservatively tonight, although Neymar turned up to the awards sporting a natty pork pie hat. Messi caught the eye last year, choosing a purple suit for his ill-fated bid to unseat Cristiano Ronaldo.
18:42 GMT - Neymar is back on the stage, speaking of the "many fantastic players of Barcelona".
When asked what his advice would be to any youngsters, he says: "I would tell them, believe in your dreams, work hard and go for your objectives and goals and with all this, one day you will get there."
18:53 GMT - MESSI WINS RECORD FIFTH BALLON D'OR
18:59 GMT - "It is a very special moment for me to be back here on this stage, winning again another Ballon d’Or after being there in the audience watching Cristiano win," says Messi.
"It's incredible this is my fifth. It's much more than anything I've dreamed of as a kid. I want to thank everyone who voted for me and I want to thank my team-mates. And lastly, I want to thank football in general for everything it has brought me. Both the bad and the good. Because it has made me learn and grow."
19:01 GMT - So, as expected, Messi wins a record fifth FIFA Ballon d'Or award for world's best player and dethrones three-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo.
19:23 GMT - It's the rivalry that shows no sign of dimming: Ronaldo v Messi. And look at their voting choices for the Ballon d'Or:
Messi picked Barcelona teammates Luis Suarez, Neymar and Andres Iniesta.
Real Madrid's Ronaldo did likewise, choosing Karim Benzema, James Rodriguez and Gareth Bale.
19:32 GMT - AFP IS NOW CLOSING THIS LIVE REPORT after Barcelona star Lionel Messi won a record fifth FIFA Ballon d'Or award for the world's best player at a ceremony in Zurich.
He dethroned three-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo in adding to his four consecutive awards from 2009 to 2012. Brazil star Neymar came third in the vote of journalists and coaches.
Messi was the star player as Barcelona won the treble of Champions League, La Liga and Spanish Cup last season, before also adding the Club World Cup last month.
Although he became the first ever player to win the award five times, Messi had said earlier that he would swap all those individual accolades for a World Cup success.
"Team awards are more important than individual ones," he said, before adding that the World Cup "is every player's objective, it's really the pinnacle".