Lionel Messi was on Monday awarded the 2011 FIFA Ballon d’Or at a star-studded ceremony in Zurich, the third consecutive year that he has won the prestigious award for the world’s outstanding footballer.
The 24-year-old Argentinian finished ahead of his Real Madrid rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Barca team-mate Xavi in FIFA’s 2011 FIFA Ballon d’Or at a star-studded ceremony in Zurich.
“It’s a great personal pleasure for me,” Messi said. ”It’s the third time I’ve won it. It’s just an amazing honour.
Xavi paid tribute to the winner, tipping Messi to go from strength to strength and take his place at the head of football’s pantheon of all-time legends.