Messi wins Ballon D’Or almost unanimously
There was never any doubt was there? Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi has been awarded the 2009 Ballon D’Or by French magazine France Football.
The 22-year-old became the first Ballon D’Or winner from Argentina, eclipsing runner-up and last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo by a record 240-point margin.
The award’s 96 jurors gave Messi 473 points out of a possible 480, a near unanimous verdict, the magazine said.
The win caps a brilliant year for the soft-spoken left-footer, who helped Barcelona to a Champions League title with nine goals, as well as La Liga and the King’s Cup.
PHOTO: Barcelona’s Lionel Messi celebrates a goal against Cultural Leonesa during their Spanish King’s Cup match at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, November 10, 2009. REUTERS/Albert Gea