Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Messi completes individual double
by Paul Kennedy, December 22nd, 2009 7:01AM

TAGS:  argentina, spain


[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



Recent Soccer America Daily
Video Pick: How the U.S. U-19s lost 8-1 to Germany    
It was a rough outing indeed for the U.S. defense and goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann in the ...
Video Pick: England coach impresses with ball puncture    
During England's preparations for Friday's European Championship qualifier against Estonia, goalkeeper England coach Dave Watson impressed ...
FIFA in total meltdown: Blatter and Platini suspended    
International soccer was engulfed by a new crisis on Thursday as FIFA president Sepp Blatter and ...
U.S. Abroad: Mewis makes European debut for Bayern    
U.S. international Kristie Mewis, signed by Bayern Munich from the NWSL's Boston Breakers, made her debut ...
TV Report: Press joins Fox Sports' @TheBuzzer    
U.S. women's national team forward Christen Press will be the first active athlete to contribute to ...
MLS: Red Bulls pull ahead in Supporters' Shield race    
The New York Red Bulls opened up a three-point lead in the Supporters' Shield race and ...
Concacaf Olympic Qualifying: Day 6    
The USA will face Honduras, a 2-1 loser to Mexico on Wednesday night, in Saturday's semifinals ...
What They're Saying: Jordan Morris    
"I don’t want to gloat or anything. I mean, for one thing, we were playing like ...
Video Pick: Unfortunate rebound downs the shooter    
We're happy to report that RB Leipzig's Austrian striker Marcel Sabitzer was unharmed after his own ...
Mexico loses key midfielder for U.S. match    
Jose Juan Vazquez, expected to start in central midfield for Mexico on Saturday against the USA ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives