Messi is still the best
Leo Messi is the winner of the 2010 FIFA Ballon D’Oro after taking the trophy for the second year on the run. Messi won 22,65% of the votes, ahead of teammates Andrés Iniesta (17,36%) and Xavi Hernández (16,48%).
La Masia has its second Ballon D’Oro and so does
. The Argentinean picked up the award, given by FIFA and the France Football magazine this
evening in Zurich after his boss Pep Guardiol announced “Ladies and gentleman, the winner
is... Lionel Messi!”, confirmation, if needed that Messi
is simply the best
– something Xavi and Iniesta both admitted before the ceremony.
Close run thing with a final surprise
Messi took the award with the minimum difference, getting 22,65% of the votes, just
five points more than Iniesta(17,36%) and six more than Xavi (16,48%) and even for Leo himself the
win came as a big surprise.
It’s been a thrilling and exciting day; after ‘La Gazzetta dello
Sport’ published last month that the award was going to Iniesta, there was plenty of
speculation all day that it would be Xavi who was going to win, with hardly any commentators going
for Messi. The Argentinean’s win is all the more remarkable given his country’s poor
showing in South Africa and the fact that until now, no FIFA World Player of the Year award had
gone to a player in a World Cup year, who’d not won that trophy.
Leo Messi’s win marks him out as an epoch defining player, joining greats such
as Cruyff, Van Basten, Platini, Beckenbauer, Keegan, Ronaldo, Rummenigge and Di Stéfano in taking
more than one Ballon D’Or and becoming the youngest to have done so. It is more than 20 years
since the last player –Van Basten- took the trophy two years on the run.
La Masia wins all the plaudits
The three Barça players appearance in the final of the award marked the
confirmation of Barça’s trademark style, born out of La Masia and perfected on the Nou Camp
pitch. It’s not just Messi, Iniesta and Xavi either, with Piqué and Puyol, as well as David
Villa included in the FIFAPro World XI, as La Masia won the all the plaudits at the Zurich
Kongresshaus this evening.