Lionel Andrés Messi received tonight at Zurich the Ballon d’Or™ awarded by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (“FIFA”). Messi was selected ahead of Barcelona team-mates Xavi and Andres Iniesta, who both won the World Cup with Spain last summer.
The Argentinean striker (who also won the award in 2009) had an outstanding 2010, winning the Spanish league with his club. Messi obtained 22.65% of the votes, ahead of his club team-mates Andrés Iniesta (17.36%) and Xavi (16.48%). Messi became the first player to be awarded the prize in a World Cup year without having won the tournament for the first time since 1994 (when non-Europeans were ineligible).
Lionel Messi was born on June 24th, 1987 in Rosario, Santa Fe (Argentina). He currently plays for F.C. Barcelona and is regarded by many as the most gifted player of his generation.
In the event, José Mourinho, the Portuguese coach of Real Madrid, was acknowledged as the Coach of the Year by the FIFA.
I’m not Harry Potter. He is magical but in reality there is no magic. Magic is fiction and football is real: José Mourinho.
January 10th, 2010.