Lionel Messi Wins Record-breaking 4th Consecutive Fifa Ballon d’Or in Zurich [Video]

Lionel Messi won a record-breaking fourth consecutive Fifa Ballon d’Or at the awards ceremony in Zurich earlier today.

Goal machine Messi added yet another record to his stellar list of achievements over the past year on Jan. 7 when he won his fourth Ballon d’Or at a FIFA gala in Zurich.

The 25-year-old won the award eclipsing his Barcelona team-mate Andres Iniesta and Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo.

2012 has become a remarkable year for Messi even by his own high standards, most notably surpassing Gerd Muller’s 40-year-old record of 85 goals in a calendar year, finishing with 91.

However, at the pre-gala press conference, Messi admitted that he did not consider 2012 his best year yet.

“I’m more interested in team awards than I am about what I might win individually. There have been years where we won more titles that have been better.”

The Argentina forward, wearing a polka-dotted dinner jacket and matching bow tie, said when receiving the award: “To tell you the truth this is really quite unbelievable. The fourth award that I have had is just too great for words.”

He continued: “I would like to recognise my other colleagues from Barcelona; Andres it has been great to train and play alongside you.”

“I would also like to recognise all of my friends in the Argentinian national team, everyone that has worked with me, coaches and staff and my family and my friends. Also my wife and my son. Thank you.”

Messi’s team-mates and rivals admitted his success, paying tribute to him.

Barca midfielder Cesc Fabregas took to Twitter, writing: “Congratulations Leo, forth time as the best player of £ballondor, you deserve it. And also to @andresiniesta8, huge to be there.”

Argentina team-mate Sergio Aguero simply wrote on the same social networking site: “Messi, Messi, Messi, Messi.”

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand tweeted: “Congrats to Messi! Wow,4 yrs in a row!! Messi has added something else to his list of ‘the only person to….’ #isMessiTheBestOfAllTime ??”

According to a poll, Messi scored 41.60 per cent of the votes, with Ronaldo taking 23.68 per cent and Iniesta 10.91 per cent.

Although the winner had to miss out both the Primera Division and Champions League crowns, he racked up a host of personal achievements last year, The Telegraph reports.

By the way, the award of best coach won Spain’s Vicente del Bosque, who went ahead Real Madrid’s Jose Mourinho, who won the title three years ago, and former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola.

“It is an honour for me to receive this award,” said Del Bosque, who led Spain to Euro 2012 – having also landed the World Cup two years earlier.

“It is an honour to represent Spanish football and the Spanish national side. I thank all the players – they make us (the coaches) better.”

“This prize can be extended to all coaches, to people who dedicate themselves to football,” added the best coach.

As Bangkok Post informs, Barcelona and Real Madrid contributed five players each to the best XI of the past year – Radamel Falcao of Atletico Madrid being the exception in an all Spain-based line-up.

Abby Wambach of the USA was named as the best woman player, edging Brazil’s Marta and fellow American Alex Morgan while the USA’s Swedish coach Pia Sundhage won the title of best women’s coach.

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