Lionel Messi wins record 4th FIFA Ballon d’Or

Lionel Messi wins record 4th FIFA Ballon d’Or.

Lionel Messi added yet another record to his stellar list of achievements over the past 12 months on January 7, 2013 when he won an unprecedented fourth, consecutive, Ballon d’Or at a FIFA gala in Zurich.

4th FIFA Ballon d'OrThe accolade seals Messi’s status as the greatest player of his generation after he saw off Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona teammate Andres Iniesta for the prize.

Messi received a vote share of 41.60 percent to 23.68 for Ronaldo and 10.91 for Iniesta.

Spain’s Vicente del Bosque was named coach of the year for 2012.

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