Already deliberate a single of soccer’s greats during age 24, Lionel Messi turn a initial authority to win FIFA player of a year 3 times in a row.
The Barcelona as well as Argentina brazen perceived a FIFA Ballon d’Or endowment for 2011, winning out over bar teammate Xavi Hernandez as well as Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo for a sport’s tip particular honor.
“It’s a outrageous wish for me,” Messi said, after usurpation a esteem from an additional three-time winner, late Brazilian brazen Ronaldo. “It’s a third time you get this award, as well as it’s a outrageous honor.”
The usually alternative three-time winners have been Ronaldo (1996-97 as well as 2002) as well as Zinedine Zidane (1998, 2000 as well as 2003). The FIFA endowment was renamed final year, when it assimilated with France Football’s Golden Ball
Messi scored 55 goals in 2011 for Barcelona, that won a third Champions League pretension in 6 seasons, as well as he had 4 goals for Argentina’s inhabitant team. Barcelona won 5 trophies final year,
Messi perceived 47.88 percent of a points in votes expel by inhabitant organisation coaches as well as captains as well as comparison reporters. Cristiano Ronaldo accomplished second with 21.6 percent as well as Xavi got 9.23 percent to finish third for a third true year.
“This a single is really special since you wish to share this with my crony as well as teammate Xavi. He deserves it,” Messi said.
On a night of Barcelona dominance, a Catalan bar inflicted an additional better upon a great opposition Madrid in a men’s physical education instructor of a year award.
Barca’s Pep Guardiola was selected brazen of Madrid’s Jose Mourinho as well as Manchester United’s Alex Ferguson. Mourinho as well as Cristiano Ronaldo did not attend, as Madrid plays a Spanish Cup compare Tuesday in Malaga.
In a women’s award, Homare Sawa of Japan finished Brazilian brazen Marta’s five-year power as a tip player. American Abby Wambach was a finalist.
Sawa led Japan to win a 2011 Women’s World Cup as well as adds a FIFA esteem to her competition most appropriate player as well as tip scorer trophies.
A vital general competition feat is all that right away eludes Messi.
Guardiola as well as Ferguson concluded during an progressing headlines discussion that Messi should be deliberate to a single side Pele, Diego Maradona as well as Alfredo di Stefano.
“Now he can lay subsequent to them. It’s a outrageous award, no?” Guardiola said.
Messi assimilated Michel Platini winning a Ballon d’Or for 3 uninterrupted years, yet a France great won from 1983-85 when usually European players were eligible. Dutch forwards Johan Cruyff as well as Marco outpost Basten additionally perceived 3 Ballon d’Or awards in their careers.
Neymar was voted a Puskas Award for a idea of a year, winning air blower choosing by casting votes for a piece for a single person run for Santos by a Flamengo defense. The alternative finalists were Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney for his bicycle flog in a Premier League compare opposite Manchester City as well as Messi for his idea opposite Arsenal in a second-round, second-leg