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So for the third year consecutively, Messi manages to score his own and win the notorious Ballon d’Or, which makes him officially the World’s Best Footballer.

The tiny attacker was delighted and extremely proud to accept his award but dedicated his trimuph to his team-mate and good friend, Xavi, who came third in the same category, just behind Cristiano Ronaldo.

“It is a huge pleasure and honour to win my third award [of this kind],” Messi said. “I wanted to share it with those who voted for me, my coach and my team-mates at Barca and in the Argentina national team. Ole!

His coach, Pep Guardiola, was named coach of the year 2011 !