Lionel Messi and Ballon d'Or

Messi with his four Ballons d'Or / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB.

Leo Messi has been named amongst the short list of three candidates for the FIFA Ballon d’Or 2014. The other two contenders are Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer. The organisers of the award made public this Monday the final three names selected from an original list of 23 candidates which also included Messi’s team mates Javier Mascherano, Andrés Iniesta and Neymar. The winner of the Ballon d’Or will be announced at an event on Monday the 12th of January.

In 2014 Leo Messi was runner up in the league and in the Cup with Barça and also reached the final of the World Cup with Argentina. The man from Rosario was captain of the national side during the tournament in Brazil and guided the albiceleste to their first final in 24 years. Despite the 1-0 defeat against Germany, Messi was named Player of the Tournament.

Messi already holds record

Leo Messi already holds the record for winning the award on more occasions than any other player in history. The Ballon d’Or, a prize organised by France Football magazine in collaboration with FIFA, has been awarded to the Argentine on four separate occasions:  2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. In fact the Barça striker has been named amongst the final three every year since 2007, making this year his eighth consecutive appearance amongst the three best players in the world.

The Barça number 10 has been in the news for other achievements in the last few weeks having recently become the all time leading goalscorer in la Liga and in the Champions League.

The Four Ballon d'Or of Leo Messi by fcbarcelona

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