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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.