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Ballon d’Or: Messi made history

Lionel Messi made history when he claimed the FIFA Ballon d’Or for 2012 on Monday evening in Zurich, becoming the first player to be named the world’s best on four occasions – all of them consecutive, according to fifa.com.He won the trophy after polling 41.60 percent of the votes, ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo on 23.68 percent and Andrés Iniesta on 10.91 percent.Following the ceremony, the goal machine said: “It’s really nice to win it again, for a fourth consecutive time. I’m really very happy. The fact is I enjoy the things that happen to me, the awards I’ve won, and I hope I can now go on and win more titles with my club and my national team.” Messi went on to say he would celebrate the award with his family as usual, and admitted to feeling somewhat taken aback when he was announced the winner: “My mind went blank and I couldn’t think of what to say. All the same, I’d like to dedicate this award to my family.”Aged 25, Messi concluded 2012 by scoring over 90 goals. He also finished top scorer in the UEFA Champions League 2011-2012 season with 14 goals.US player Abby Wambach claimed her first FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year award at the FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala held at the Zurich Kongresshaus this evening.Vicente del Bosque, the Spanish national team coach, and Sweden’s new women’s national team coach Pia Sundhage (former USA coach) were the winners of the FIFA World Coach of the Year awards for men’s and women’s football, respectively.Vicente del Bosque added the European title to his 2010 FIFA World Cup crown when leading Spain to victory at EURO 2012.These awards were decided after a poll in which the captains and head coaches of the men’s (for the two men’s awards) and women’s (for the two women’s awards) national teams, as well as international media representatives selected by French football magazine France Football, voted for candidates in each of the four categories. Victor Piturca, Romania’s national team coach said to the Romanian media that he voted for Lionel Messi.

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