Messi Wins Record Fourth Straight Award as Soccer’s Best Player
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Messi scored 91 times in 2012, overtaking Gerd Muller, who had 85 goals for West Germany and Bayern Munich in 1972. Last night’s Ballon D’Or award puts Messi one ahead of three-time winners Zinedine Zidane of France and Ronaldo of Brazil. Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo came second in the poll, ahead of Messi’s 28-year-old clubmate Andres Iniesta. Lionel Messi of Argentina holds the trophy alloft after winning the FIFA Ballon d'Or for a fourth consecutive time during FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2012 at the Kongresshaus in Zurich, on Jan. 7, 2013 in , Switzerland.