Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Messi completes individual double
by Paul Kennedy, December 22nd, 2009 7:01AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ
TAGS:  argentina, spain

MOST COMMENTED

[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)

 



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
MLS Talking Points: 'Hatred' seeps into New York derby    
The intensity of the Hudson River Derby took on a new level, rising with the midday ...
U.S. Abroad: More bad luck for Garza    
Greg Garza, who missed most of last season with a hip injury, suffered more bad back ...
MLS Talking Points: Sounders feel the heat    
The Seattle Sounders hit bottom Sunday in the oppressive Midwest heat when they fell to Sporting ...
Video Pick: Solo golazo by Andrey Arshavin    
The 35-year Russian star Andrey Arshavin, who played for Arsenal in 2009-2013, now plies his trade ...
What They're Saying: Bruce Arena    
"We won the game. That's what you do in soccer games. We were on the road ...
What They're Saying: Patrick Vieira    
"The comment from Jesse during the week had a massive impact on the referees. And of ...
What They're Saying: Alejandro Bedoya    
"Just watched that performance by Seattle vs KC. Still remember them telling me my value & ...
MLS Moves: Former U-20 star Steffen joins Crew    
Zack Steffen, who starred for the USA at the 2015 Under-20 World Cup, signed with the ...
MLS Week 20: Results & Standings    
FC Dallas remained first in the MLS Supporters' Shield race, three points ahead of the Colorado ...
USA-Costa Rica: Olympic tuneups end with easy win    
The USA closed out its preparations for the Olympic women's soccer tournament on Friday when it ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives