Lionel Messi wins the FIFA Ballon d’Or for the second time
Confirming that he is the world’s current greatest player, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi was named the winner of the FIFA Ballon d’Or for 2011.
Lionel told FIFA.com:
“I’m very proud to have won it three times, especially one after the other.
“It’s hard to win one, let alone three. I’m very happy and this award gives me as much pleasure as the first.”
Messi is, howeever, confusing the old Ballon d’Or with the new FIFA Ballon d’Or. The Argentine footballing genius won the Ballon d’Or in 2009 and the new FIFA Ballon d’Or in 2010 and 2011.
Michel Platini is the only player to have ever won the prestigious Ballon d’Or for three years in a row (1983 to 1985).