Lionel Messi on Monday won the FIFA Ballon d’Or for a record fourth consecutive time, breaking the records previously held by the likes of Mitchel Platini and Marco van Basten who have won the European Footballer of the Year title thrice before the France Football’s Ballon d’Or award was merged with the FIFA World Footballer of the Year. Messi has also outdone soccer greats, Ronaldo de Lima of Brazil and Frenchman, Zinedine Zidane who won the World Footballer of the Year three times each. Apparently, the only achievement left for him is to win the FIFA World Cup.
The 25-year-old little Argentinian has undoubtedly had a very good season, netting 91 goals in 69 games in 2012. Messi shone brilliantly in the colours of Barcelona as he scored braces in eight successive matches in the season. The same year, he became the first player ever to score 5 goals in a UEFA Champions League game, a feat he achieved in the 7-1 pounding of Bayer Leverkussen by Barcelona.
Messi beat Barcelona teammate Iniesta, who was in Spain’s European and World cup winning team as well as Cristiano Ronaldo to win the award.