Lionel Messi wins the Ballon d'Or

Lionel Messi won the inaugural Fifa Ballon d’Or award in Zurich last night, beating his Barcelona team-mates Andres Iniesta and Xavi to the gong.

It says a lot about the success of Spanish football in 2010 that the 23-year-old Argentina forward was something of a surprise choice, despite clearly being the finest player of his generation; so powerful were the displays that the two Barcelona midfielders gave in the last calendar year.

‘I'm surprised to win but pleased to be here with my friends,’ said Messi after picking up the trophy. ‘To win it makes it even more special. I want to share it with all of my friends, my family, all the Barcelonistas and the Argentinians.’

Would you like to see how everyone voted for the award? Well you can, thanks to this link right here. Pretty cool, no?

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