ZURICH (Sporting Alert) – New Year, same story. Lionel Messi beat Cristiano Ronaldo and the rest of his rivals To Another Major Award.

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi on Monday captured the Ballon d’Or award when beating Cristiano Ronaldo and Andres Iniesta and become the first player to win the honor on four occasions.

Many had thought that either Ronaldo or Messi’s Spanish teammate Iniesta would have landed the prestigious FIFA prize in Zurich on Monday for their outstanding performances this season.

However, it was the Argentine would scoop the award and partly rewarded for superb 2012 campaign in which he netted a record 91 goals in a calendar year to break Gerd Muller’s 40-year-old mark.

The 25-year-old now moves ahead of France midfield legend Zinedine Zidane and Brazilian icon Ronaldo, who had won it three times.

“To tell you the truth this is really quite unbelievable,” Messi was quoted as saying. “The fourth award that I have had is just too great for words.

“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.”


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