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Lionel Messi wins third straight FIFA Ballon d'Or
January 9th, 2012 2:52PM

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[AWARDS] As expected, Lionel Messi won the 2011 FIFA Ballon d'or as the top player in the world, finishing ahead of Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona teammate Xavi. The award was the third in a row for Messi, who joins Michel Platini as the only winner of the Ballon d'Or for three years in a row.

Messi received 47.88 percent of the points in votes cast by national team coaches and captains and journalists. Cristiano Ronaldo was second with 21.6 percent, and Xavi received 9.23 percent to finish third for the third straight year.

"It's a huge pleasure for me," Messi said. "It's the third time I get this award, and it's a huge honor."

U.S. Ballon d'Or votes:
Jurgen Klinsmann, National team coach (Messi-C. Ronaldo-Forlan)
Carlos Bocanegra, National team captain (Messi-Xavi-C. Ronaldo)
Paul Kennedy, Soccer America (Messi-C. Ronaldo-Xavi).

Messi on winning the award ...



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  1. Efrahim Fernandez
    commented on: January 10, 2012 at 11:26 a.m.
    A very good player with very good players and a good system around him.. Not a great player until he can prove he can do it on the national stage like Zizou and Maradona. Even his own coach Pep commented as such..


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