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Monday, January 07, 2013

FOOTBALL : Lionel Messi wins 4th Ballon D'Or

Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi has been awarded the Ballon d'Or for a fourth year running at a ceremony held in Zurich on Monday.

Messi, 25, hit 91 goals during 2012 and beat club team-mate Andres Iniesta and Real Madrid's Ronaldo to the trophy. Despite his goals, the Catalan giants failed to win either the Spanish league title or Champions League last year.

The Ballon D'Or award is voted for by journalists, and national coaches and captains, and Messi who polled 41.6% of the votes, becomes the first player to win four consecutive Ballons d'Or.

Messi also featured in the team of the year, which was made up entirely of players based in Spain's La Liga with 10 players from the big two sids of Barcelona and Real Madrid plus Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao.

Lionel Messi - 41.61% of the votes
Cristiano Ronaldo - 23.68%,
Andres Iniesta 10.91%

Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Dani Alves (Barcelona), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid), Xavi (Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Radamel Falcao (Atletico Madrid), Lionel Messi (Barcelona).

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