Lionel Messi set the record for goals in a calendar year in 2012 with 91 strikes to his name and he just been named the FIFA Ballon d’Or winner for 2012! Finalist were Messi, Iniesta and Cristano Ronaldo.
He said: “To tell you the truth this is really quite unbelieavable. The fourth award that I have had is just too great for words.
“I would like to recognise my other colleagues from Barcelona: Iniesta it has been great to train and play alongside you. I would also like to recognise all of my friends in the Argentinian national team.
“Everyone that has worked with me coaches and staff and my family and my friends.
“Also my wife and my son. Thank you.”
Other winners this evening were:
- FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year: ABBY WAMBACH
- FIFA Puskas Award: MIROSLAV STOCH
- FIFA Coach of the Year: VICENTE DEL BOSQUE
- FIFA Women’s Coach of the Year: PIA SUNDHAGE
- FIFA / FIFPro World XI:
- Goalkeeper: Iker Casillas
- Defenders: Dani Alves, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo
- Midfielders: Xabi Alonso, Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta
- Forwards: Lionel Messi, Radomel Falcao, Cristiano Ronaldo
- FIFA Presidential Award: FRANZ BECKENBAUER
- FIFA Fair Play Award: UZBEKISTAN FOOTBALL FEDERATION