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Leo Messi with the Champions League trophy at Wembley / PHOTO: ARXIU FCB

Here’s a look at Leo Messi’s, three-time FIFA Ballon d'Or winner, 2011:

January 8: Scores his first goal of the year at Riazor (0-4)

January 10: He’s awarded his second straight FIFA Ballon d’Or

January 12: Along with Xavi and Iniesta, he offers up his award to the Camp Nou, on the same day that he scores his first hat-trick of 2011 (5-0 against Betis, in the Cup)

January 29: He scores a brace against Hércules (0-3) taking his all-time goal tally to 109 in the League. Therefore establishing himself as Barça’s third-highest goal scorer, ahead of Samuel Eto’o (108)

February 5: He scores his ninth career hat-trick. It was against Atlético de Madrid (3-0)

February 20: He reaches his 250th game as a Barça player. At this point, the Argentinean has  168 goals as a first-team player

March 8: Two of his goals -one of which was shortlisted for the FIFA Puskas award- help Barça knock Arsenal out of the Champions League (3-1)

April 12: A goal against Donetsk (0-1) allows Messi to break the record of goals scored by any one player in a season (48)

April 16: He scores from the penalty spot at the Bernabéu in the League Clásico (1-1). It was also Messi’s first goal against a team coached by Mourinho

April 23: On the day of Sant Jordi, Messi scores his 50th goal of the season, beating the record established by Frenec Puskas in 1959/60

April 27: Two goals from Messi give Barça the advantage against Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals. These were his first goals ever in a Champions League semi-final

May 11: FC Barcelona wins the League at Levante (1-1)

August 17: Messi’s three goals in the Spanish Super Cup, against Madrid, give FC Barcelona the title

August 26: He scores in the only competition that he hadn’t scored in yet, the European Super Cup. His goal led to another FC Barcelona trophy (2-0)

September 24: He scores another hat-trick against Atlético de Madrid, it’s his 150th goal under Josep Guardiola

September 28: A brace against BATE Borisov allows him to reach Ladislao Kubala, with 194 goals, as the second highest goal scorer in the Club’s history. Only 41 behind César

October 15: Two goals against Racing (3-0) allow him to beat Kubala’s record

November 1: He scores yet another hat-trick, this time against Viktoria Plzen, which takes his all-time goal tally to 200

December 18: He wins his second Club World Cup trophy, he scored the first and last goal in the final against Santos (0-4)

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