FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi was named the winner of the Ballon d'Or, honoring the top player in Europe. He beat out Cristiano Ronaldo by a record margin while Barcelona teammates Xavi and Andres Iniesta finished third and fourth respectively.
The award, presented by France Football and voted by journalists throughout Europe, went to Messi after he led Barcelona to the La Liga and UEFA Champions League titles last season. He scored nine goals in Champions League play while also scoring 23 goals in La Liga play.
What do you think of Messi winning the award? Was it a no-brainer? Who would have gotten your vote? Who do you see winning in 2010?
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