Leo Messi returned to take his third consecutive Ballon D’OR of his career. The little Argentine beat Cristiano Ronaldo, second, and Xavi, third, who completed the podium of the best players of 2011. Messi was presented the trophy by Brazilian legend and ex Barca player Ronaldo.
The managers, captains and correspondents of France Football again opted for Messi after another huge season in which he has won five titles including: League, European Cup, Spanish Super Cup, European Super Cup and Club World Cup.
Andrés Iniesta was fourth and Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas finished ninth
Leo Messi scored 47.88% of the votes, Christiano Ronaldo, 21.60% and Xavi, 9.23%. Iniesta, who scored 6.01%, was the fourth most voted and Wayne Rooney, Luis Suarez, Diego Forlán, Samuel Etoo, Iker Casillas (1.29%) and Neymar completed the list of the top ten.
The ‘Flea’ gets his third FIFA Ballon D’OR, which to date had only been managed by Michel Platini, Johan Cruyff and Marco van Basten. Of these three players, only the Frenchman took three awards in a row (1983. 1984 and 1985), and which Messi has accomplished in (2009, 2010 and 2011).
Leo dedicates message to Xavi: “You too deserve this”
Messi received the Golden Ball from Brazil legend Ronaldo and ended up leaving a message to his team mate Xavi: “You too deserve it and for me it’s a pleasure to be with you on the pitch.”