Lionel Messi was honored as FIFA’s world player of the year for a record fourth year in a row on Eve of Ballon d'Or ceremony held in Zurich on Monday. The Argentina star cemented his status as the greatest player on the planet by beating Barcelona teammate Andres Iniesta and Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo to win the FIFA Golden Ball on January 7, 2013. The Barcelona forward polled 41.60% of the votes, ahead of Ronaldo on 23.68% and Iniesta with 10.91% in votes by journalists, national team coaches and captains plus selected media. The 25-year-old player accepted his prestigious prize in a black tuxedo dinner jacket and matching bow tie, both with a white polka-dot pattern in an unexpectedly flamboyant touch. Leo Messi also featured in the team of the year, which was made up of 10 players from Barca and Real Madrid plus Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao. With his four consecutive Ballons d'Or, Lionel Messi has broken the record of former France international, and current Uefa president, Michel Platini.
Lionel Messi is rewarded with the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2012 trophy for a fourth year running on January 7, 2013 in Zurich, Switzerland.
Lionel Messi receives more than 41% of the vote, beating his rival Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid, who was second at 23.6%, and his Barcelona teammates, midfielder Andres Iniesta in the poll by journalists, and national coaches and captains.
Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi wears a polka-dotted dinner jacket and matching bow tie in the ceremony.
The 25-year-old football star is watching his FIFA Golden Ball trophy during the Press Conference with nominees for World Player of the Year and World Coach of the Year for Men's Football on January 7, 2013 at Congress House in Zurich, Switzerland.
Lionel Messi is the only player in the history of the sport to win the trophy four times. His fourth FIFA crown elevates him above the two players with three titles apiece: Brazil's Ronaldo (1996, 1997, 2002) and Frenchman Zinedine Zidane (1998, 2000, 2003).
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