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Argentine needs to find more room on his mantelpiece!
Barcelona star Lionel Messi has been named Fifa World Footballer of the Year to complete a stunning 2009 for the Argentine forward.
The 22-year-old, who helped Barca win the Club World Cup on Saturday – their sixth trophy of the year – also won the Ballon d’Or award this year.
“A magnificent year for me and Barca has ended in the best way,” said Messi.
He beat off competition from last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo, Xavi, Kaka and Andres Iniesta.
In a vote by captains and head coaches of the men’s and women’s national teams, Messi won 1,073 votes, Ronaldo 352, Xavi 196, Kaka 190 and Iniesta 134.
Messi becomes the first Argentine to win the award, which was inaugurated in 1991, and it completes a stunning year for the brilliant winger.
He helped Barca to an unprecedented treble of Champions League, La Liga and Spanish Cup last season, scoring the second goal in their 2-0 win over Manchester United in Rome in May.
This season the Catalan club have added the Spanish Super Cup, European Super Cup and Club World Cup to their roll of honour, beating Argentine side Estudiantes in Abu Dhabi to complete a stellar year. (BBC Sport)
Not a surprise and yet more proof, if needed, that Leo Messi is indeed the best footballer on planet earth. Having won just about every honour available to him the Argentine will now have to try to help his Barcelona side to retain all the titles they currently possess and that could well be more of a challenge as the likes of Real Madrid have greatly improved their squads and are spoiling for a footballing fight with their arch rivals.
Whilst its clear that Barcelona’s success isn’t solely down to the diminutive attacker and that Pepe Guardiola has a side chock a bloc with talent it is worth noting the personal achievements Messi has managed in the Catalan sides rise to prominence. In the past season and a half Leo has scored an incredible 54 goals and created more than a few for his teammates and many Argentine’s will be looking to the 22 year old to spearhead their country’s World Cup campaign in the summer.