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FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2012

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 07: Fabio Cannavaro (L) and Joseph Blatter, FIFA president (R) announce Lionel Messi of Argentina as the winner of the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2012 trophy on January 7, 2013 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)

FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2012

January 8, 2013

Lionel Messi was voted the world's best player for an unprecedented

fourth straight year for his 91-goal year for Barcelona and Argentina in

2012. U.S. women's national team star striker Abby Wambach won the FIFA Women's World Player award.