Messi, amb el seu tercer trofeu 'Onze d'Or' consecutiu / FOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

Lionel Messi is still winning awards. The latest prize is the one given by renowned French magazine ‘Onze Mondial’, which has just announced the results of the 36th edition of the Onze d’Or, which the Argentinian has won for the third time.

Equals Platini and Zidane

With 47.45% of the votes, Messi has won the Onze d’Or 2012, thus matching Michel Platini and Zinedine Zidane (1998, 2000 and 2001) by winning it the third time, while the only other man to win it three times in a row was the present UEFA president, who took it in 1983, 1984, 1985.

The Barça player previously won the award in 2009 and 2011, while for scheduling reasons, there was no prize in 2010. The Onze d’Argent goes to Cristiano Ronaldo (27.95%), and the Onze de Bronze to Radamel Falcao (6,10%). Next in line were Benzema (2.24%), Xavi Hernández and Mesut Özil (the latter two both with 1.38%).

Messi scored 82 goals in 69 matches in the 2011/12 season for Barça and his country, and has now won the honour more often than two-time winners Kevin Keegan, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Diego Maradona, Marco van Basten, Ronaldo and Thierry Henry, a veritable array of footballing superstars.

FC Barcelona had more nominees than anybody, eleven in total, namely Valdés, Alves, Puyol, Piqué, Abidal, Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta, Cesc, Alexis and Messi, extraordinarily having at least one player shortlisted for every position.