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Messi completes individual double
by Paul Kennedy, December 22nd, 2009 7:01AM

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[FIFA AWARDS] A day after he scored the winning goal in Barcelona's 2-1 overtime win over Estudiantes in the Club World Cup final for its sixth trophy of the season, Argentina Lionel Messi completed an individual double, winning the FIFA World Player of the Year award to go along with his Golden Ball he won in early December.

Messi, who was also instrumental in leading Barcelona to titles in La Liga, the Copa del Rey, UEFA Champions League and two Super Cups, obtained 1,073 points in voting by the coaches and captains of 147 national teams.

He won by a clear margin ahead of Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo in second (352 points) and Spain's Xavi (196), Brazil's Kaka (190) and Spain's Andres Iniesta (134).

FIFA Men's Players of the Year
1991 -- Lothar Matthaeus (Inter Milan - Germany)
1992 -- Marco Van Basten (Milan AC - Netherlands)
1993 -- Roberto Baggio (Juventus - Italy)
1994 -- Romario (Barcelona - Brazil)
1995 -- George Weah (Milan AC - Liberia)
1996 -- Ronaldo (PSV & Barcelona - Brazil)
1997 -- Ronaldo (Barcelona & Inter Milan - Brazil)
1998 -- Zinedine Zidane (Juventus - France)
1999 -- Rivaldo (Barcelona - Brazil)
2000 -- Zinedine Zidane (Juventus - France)
2001 -- Luis Figo (Real Madrid - Portugal)
2002 -- Ronaldo (Inter Milan & Real Madrid - Brazil)
2003 -- Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid - France)
2004 -- Ronaldinho (Barcelona - Brazil)
2005 -- Ronaldinho (Barcelona - Brazil)
2006 -- Fabio Cannavaro (Juventus & Real Madrid - Italy)
2007 -- Kaka (Milan AC - Brazil)
2008 -- Cristiano Ronaldo (Man. United - Portugal)
2009 -- Lionel Messi (Barcelona - Argentina)

 



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