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Lionel Messi Wins Ballon d'Or 2009

* Argentina

* Barcelona

Players

* Lionel Andrés Messi

Lionel Messi of Barcelona and Argentina has won the Ballon d'Or 2009 award, making him the first player from his country to be crowned World Footballer of the Year.

The 22-year-old has now occupied all of the top three places, having debuted in third in 2007 before rising to second last year.

Furthermore, Messi has won by the greatest margin ever recorded in the history of this venerable competition. Out of a possible 480 points, Lionel scored 473 - a new record, and far ahead of the man in second place, namely last year's winner Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese managed 233 points.

In winning the prize, awarded by France Football following voting by a panel of journalists from across the world, Messi becomes the youngest Ballon d'Or winner since Michael Owen's win as a 21-year-old in 2001.

In a year that Barcelona won an historic treble of the Liga, the Champions League, and the Copa del Rey, it seemed inconceivable that a player without the Blaugrana shirt would receive the award.

Barca midfielders Andres Iniesta and Xavi were also shortlised, but Messi was considered favourite by virtually every observer.

As such it was no surprise when he was confirmed as the winner late on Monday evening.

Teammate Xavi, meanwhile, is said to have ended up in third place.

See our Lionel Messi profile for more on the Ballon d'Or win

From an initial shortlist of thirty, ten players were announced last week as the finalists, with Messi's name looming large among those of the likes of Dider Drogba and Wayne Rooney.

However, it was the former Newell's Old Boys youth who prevailed in the end.

Timing

Although the final result was not to be announced until 02:00 CET on Tuesday December 1st, reports of Messi's victory emerged in the French online press over an hour before the appointed time.

Furthermore, minutes after 01:00 CET, a message from the France Football profile on social networking website Facebook appeared announcing Messi as the winner, only to disappear seconds later.

Messi will be presented with his award on Sunday evening at a gala event in Paris.

Ewan Macdonald, Goal.com

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Messi

Ronaldo

Xavi

Iniesta

Etoo

Kaka

Ibra

Rooney

Drogba

Gerrard

Complete the top 10. IMO, obviouslly the winner is accurate but I don't think the top 10 is right.

Gerrard should not be in the top 10.

Haha, don't agree with that one bit.

Steven Gerrard has probably had his best year in football and if it wasn't for his injuries he'd be challenging for the top spot. IMO, he should be just behind Iniesta.

Also how Kaka got in there, I'll never know. Frank Lampard has been so much better than him.

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How did Di Maria not get in there?

Most probably because he isn't at a big club or because he hasn't got as big a reputation, as the ones in that list.

That's why I don't take these things seriously.

Dzeko, Dzagoev and Krasic all deserve to be in there before the likes of Eto'o and Kaka over the last 12 months.

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How did Di Maria not get in there?

Most probably because he isn't at a big club or because he hasn't got as big a reputation, as the ones in that list.

That's why I don't take these things seriously.

Dzeko, Dzagoev and Krasic all deserve to be in there before the likes of Eto'o and Kaka over the last 12 months.

(tu) Kaka gives me the boak

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