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Lionel Messi wins 2010 Fifa Ballon d'Or ahead of Xavi and Iniesta•


Lionel Messi wins 2010 Fifa Ballon d'Or ahead of Xavi and Iniesta• Messi beats his two Barcelona team-mates to claim prize
• Argentinian named winner of award for second year running
guardian.co.uk

Lionel Messi wins 2010 Fifa Ballon d'Or ahead of Xavi and Iniesta• Messi beats his two Barcelona team-mates to claim prize
• Argentinian named winner of award for second year running

Lionel Messi tonight became the inaugural winner of the Fifa Ballon d'Or at an award ceremony in Zurich. The Argentinian forward was selected ahead of his Barcelona team-mates Xavi and Andrés Iniesta, who won the World Cup with Spain last summer.

Messi, 23, scored an astonishing 60 goals for club and country in 2010 and is regarded by many as the most gifted player of his generation.

"To be honest, I didn't expect to win today, but it was already great to be here next to my two mates," said Messi.

"To win it makes it even more special. I want to share with all of my friends, my family, all the Barcelonistas and the Argentinians."

The Fifa Ballon d'Or was created following the merging of France Football magazine's European Footballer of the Year prize with the FIFA World Player of the Year award. It is awarded based on votes cast by journalists from around the world and coaches and captains of national teams.

Messi was the holder of both titles and so joins the former Brazil strikers Ronaldo and Rivaldo and France legend Zinedine Zidane as a multiple winner of the latter accolade.

Alfredo Di Stefano, Johan Cruyff, Franz Beckenbauer, Kevin Keegan, Michel Platini, Marco van Basten, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Ronaldo are the only other men to win the Ballon d'Or more than once. Messi also became the first player to come first in a World Cup year without having won the tournament for the first time since 1994.

José Mourinho was named Coach of the Year ahead of the Spain's Vicente del Bosque and Barcelona's Pep Guardiola for leading Inter to an unprecedented Champions League, Serie A and Coppa Italia treble.

There was disappointment for Glentoran's Matty Burrows in the Goal of the Year prize, with his jaw-dropping backheeled volley against Portadown losing out to Hamit Altintop's volley for Turkey against Kazakhstan.

Meanwhile Brazil's Marta won a record fifth successive Women's Player of the Year award.

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