Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Messi wins FIFA Ballon d’Or award

Barcelona's Argentine forward player Lionel Messi was named winner of the FIFA World Player 2011 on Monday at a glamorous gala in the Kongresshaus in Zurich.

The 24 year old Barca player, who made history by becoming the first Argentine player to win the award in 2009, beat off his teammate Xavi and Real Madrid's star Cristiano Ronaldo. Messi received 47.88 per cent of the vote, beating Ronaldo, who was second with 21.60 per cent and Xavi with 9.23 per cent of the vote.

This is the third successive year he is winning the FIFA Ballon d’Or award. The award crowns a successful year for Messi, who won the Champions League, the Spanish League, the World Club Cup, as well as the Spanish and UEFA Super Cups with Barcelona.

Addressing media persons he said “It is a huge pleasure. It is the third time and it is a huge honour and I would like to share this award with my teammates both in Barcelona and Argentina.

“I want to share this also with my teammate Xavi. It is the fourth time we are here together and it is an honour to play together on the pitch”.

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