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Lionel Messi wins 4th Ballon d'Or

January 7, 2013
By ESPN.com news services
ZURICH -- Lionel Messi became the first four-time winner of the FIFA Player of the Year award after shattering the world record with 91 goals last year for Barcelona and Argentina.

The 25-year-old won for the fourth straight time, beating Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona teammate Andres Iniesta in voting announced Monday. His 91 goals topped Gerd Mueller's mark of 85 for Bayern Munich and Germany in 1972.

Messi received 41.60 percent of the points in votes by national ...

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