Thursday, December 24, 2009
The new FIFA World Player of the Year Lionel Messi
The Barcelona forward has become the first Argentine to win the award after succeeding Real Madrid's Christiano Ronaldo, in a poll voted for by national team coaches and captains.
The 22-year-old helped Barca to an unprecedented treble of Champions League, La Liga and Spanish Cup last season.
This season the Catalan club have added the Spanish Super Cup, European Super Cup and Club World Cup to their roll of honour, beating the Argentine side Estudiantes in Abu Dhabi last Saturday.