Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE INTERVIEW

NATO chief hails strength of transatlantic bond on defence

Read more

FOCUS

Japan rejects 99% of asylum applications

Read more

ENCORE!

Film show: 'Sextape', 'How to Talk to Girls at Parties', 'Looking for Teddy'

Read more

PERSPECTIVE

World Refugee Day: The story of a French mother who took in an Afghan refugee

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Khaled Diab: Debunking myths about Islam

Read more

IN THE PRESS

Australian female comedian's murder sparks soul-searching about women's safety

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Washington DC votes to raise minimum wage for waiting staff

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

At least 18 killed in Abidjan floods from heavy rains

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Trump's anti-Merkel Twitter tirade

Read more

Sports

Lionel Messi is FIFA's World Player of the Year

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-12-22

Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi has been named World Player of the Year by football's governing body FIFA. He succeeds Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal, who won the award for the best goal of the season.

REUTERS - Lionel Messi became the first Argentine to win the FIFA World Player of the Year award on Monday.

The accolade came after the playmaker won four major titles with Barcelona -- the Champions League, the Club World Cup, La Liga and the King's Cup.

"This finishes a magnificent year for Barcelona, my team mates and for me," said Messi after receiving the trophy from UEFA president and former France international Michel Platini.

The other players on the shortlist were last year's winner Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid and Portugal, former winner Kaka and Messi's Barcelona team mates Xavi and Andres Iniesta.

Messi was leading scorer in the Champions League, scoring nine goals including one in the 2-0 win over Manchester United in the final. He also notched the extra-time winner in the Club World Cup final against Estudiantes on Saturday.

The award, introduced in 1991, is voted by the coaches and captains of the national teams.

Date created : 2009-12-21

  • FOOTBALL

    Barcelona player Lionel Messi wins Ballon d'Or award

    Read more

COMMENT(S)