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).
11v11 top ten football stats of the month
We have a new regular feature on 11v11 - the top ten football stats stories of the month! Here are our selections for November:
1. No Frenchmen for Arsenal
In their game with Fulham at the Emirates Stadium on 26 November there was not one Frenchman in the Arsenal line-up for the first time since September 2005. In addition, including their three substitutes, Arsenal fielded a team of 14 different nationalities – a Premier League first.
Since the start of the 2005-06 season Arsenal have fielded players from 26 different nationalities (40 since the inception of the Premier League) and this is their table of appearances:
Updated 5th August 2012 at 06:16 PM by Statisticus