The world’s media has gone out of its way to honour the historical fourth Ballon d’Or awarded to the Argentinian ace
Leo Messi has appeared in the papers all around the world after winning a record fourth FIFA Ballon d’Or in Zurich, which has confirmed his place as the greatest footballer ever. The media has bestowed endless praise on the Barça star and his most incredible year yet.
BBC | Lionel Messi wins Ballon d'Or
Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi has been awarded the Ballon d'Or for a fourth year running. Messi, 25, hit 91 goals during 2012 and beat club team-mate Andres Iniesta and Real Madrid's Ronaldo to the trophy.
'L'Équipe' | Messi Messi Messi Messi
Lionel Messi won the fourth FIFA Ballon d'Or of his career on Monday. The Barça player has overtaken Johan Cruyff, Marco van Basten and Michel Platini in the all-time winners list.
'USA Today' | Lionel Messi i Abby Wambach, win best players awards
Lionel Messi won the FIFA Ballon d'Or award on Monday as an expected reward for his astonishing 91-goal year for Barcelona and Argentina in 2012. American Abby Wambach was named the best women's player.
BBC | Fourth ballon d'Or confirms legendary status of Leo Messi
Lionel Messi’s status as the most skilful player in the world has been confirmed by winning the Ballon d'Or for 2012, an unprecedented fourth in row.
CNN | Messi crowned world's best for record fourth time
Argentina star Lionel Messi cemented his status as the greatest player on the planet by becoming the first player to win FIFA's prestigious Ballon d'Or title on four separate occasions. The Barcelona forward, who broke a number of records in 2012, beat teammate Andres Iniesta and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo to an award voted for by national coaches, captains and journalists.
'El País' | Messi makes Ballon d'Or his own
Leo Messi has been the first player ever to win the Ballon d'Or four times, a prize that recognises him as the best player in the world. His 91 goals for FC Barcelona and Argentina last year are testimony of that.
'Marca' | Messi, the best ever
He did it. Lionel Messi has become the first player to ever win the Ballon d'Or four times. Not only that, but he did this in consecutive years, leaving no doubts that he has dominated world football in recent years.
'NY Times' | Messi named FIFA's top player for fourth year in a row
Lionel Messi was honored as FIFA’s world player of the year Monday for a record fourth year in a row. Messi, the 25-year-old Barcelona and Argentina star, received more than 41 percent of the vote, beating his rival Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid, who was second at 23.6 percent.
Diari Ara | Leo Messi wins fourth Ballon d'Or
The Barça striker got more votes than Cristiano Ronaldo and Andrés Iniesta and has now won the honour more times than Johan Cruyff, Michel Platini and Marco van Basten
The Guardian | Lionel Messi: 4th Ballon d'Or and dominance looks unstoppable
The Barcelona forward has superseded Marco van Basten and Johan Cruyff and looks certain to win more world player awards.
Nikkan Sports | First player to ever get 4 FIFA Ballon d'Or
On January 7, FIFA announced the winners and Leo Messi has once again been named the best male player in the world. Messi commented that he never imagined winning this award again after a year in which he scored 91 goals.
Milenio | Messi canonised
The biggest organisations, Blatter and Platini included, attended the canonisation of Lionel Messi, awarding him a fourth Ballon d'Or and the power of football above Pelé and Maradona, two players that now only exist on YouTube.
Diari Sport | Leo Messi, Ballon d'Or 2012
Barça striker Leo Messi has continued his hegemony as the greatest player in the world after winning his fourth Ballon d'Or on Monday
Globovision | Messi, first four-time winner of Ballon d'Or
Argentina’s Lionel Messi became on Monday the first player to ever win four Ballons d'Or, the prestigious award that annually recognises the best player in the world.
The Telegraph | Lionel Messi rewarded for displays no rival could ever match
Lionel Messi is monopolising the world player of the year title the way his feet dominate the ball. The little maestro’s magnetism has kept the prize in his possession for a fourth consecutive year. Cristiano Ronaldo is an all-time great stuck in a back-up role.
Mundo Deportivo | Messi wins fourth Ballon d'Or
The Barça star got 41.60% of the votes compared with 23.68% for CR7 and 10.91% for Iniesta. Xavi, Falcao, Casillas, Pirlo, Drogba, Van Persie and Ibra completed the 'top 10' for 2012. Leo thus overtakes three-time winners Cruyff, Van Basten and Platini
Gazzetta Dell Sport | Messi IV, nobody like Leo
The Argentinian won the award in Zurich ahead of Ronaldo and Iniesta. Del Bosque the best coach. The '11' only features La Liga players. Pirlo, the best Italian, seventh.
El Mundo | Unique poker for Messi
There were no surprises in the Zurich Congress House. The three pyramids of football were shining but only with gold, for an outstanding player, and not just in his era. Lionel Andrés Messi was named World Player of the Year for the fourth time, the first man to do so.