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Lionel Messi retains the crown for the 4th consecutive time
Lionel Messi has won the FIFA Ballon d'or award for the fourth time in a row. The Barcelona and Argentina player scored 91 goals in the year 2012. The Argentine forward player astonished everyone with his speed, agility and captivating gaming skills.

LIONEL MESSI won over his rivals Cristiano Ronaldo and Andres Iniesta. He gathered 41.60 per cent of the vote cast by national team coaches and captains along with several elite journalists, who selected a list of three players among 23 shortlisted players.

On the other hand, his rivals, Ronaldo and Iniesta scored 23.68 and 10.91, respectively. In 2008, he was honored with the Olympic gold medal. Diego Maradona observes similarity in his playing skills and declared Messi his successor.

Born to a factory steel worker, he traces his roots to a humble background and also a live example of sheer hard work, passion for the game and perseverance to emulate for the young generation. He started playing at the age of five for a local club and was initially coached by none other than his father.

Soccer runs in his blood, but his destiny took an unlucky turn and he was diagnosed with growth hormone deficiency at the age of 11. Unable to foot the hefty medical bills, his father approached FC Barcelona director and a special trial was arranged for Messi. He mesmerized Barcelona director and was offered with a contract instantly written on napkin paper, but with a rider that he has to move to Spain.

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