This year's UEFA player won by Messi for the 3rd time


27 September 2020

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Argentine player Lionel Messi was named the world's best player for the third year in a row when he was awarded the FIFA Ballon d'Or award in Zurich, Switzerland. This is only the second year of the award, after FIFA and France Football Magazine merged their Player of the Year and Ballon d'Or awards.

Messi joins Frenchman Zidane and Brazilian Ronaldo to be named Player of the Year three times, as well as Michel Platini, the current UEFA president who won the old Ballon d'Or three years in a row. The latter said Messi needed to add a World Cup trophy to be considered the best ever.

Messi received support on 48 percent of the vote with his teammate Xavi Hernadez on 9%. In second place came Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, who was Player of the Year in 2008 but whose style is very different from the modest Messi.

After receiving the award Messi wanted to thank the other players and staff at FC Barcelona, ​​including coach Pep Guardiola, who was awarded Coach of the Year trophy ahead of Sit Alex Ferguson of Manchester United and Jose Mourinho of Real Madrid. Ironically, Guardiola is tipped to replace Ferguson at Manchester United next season.

Messi went on to tell the gala audience that he wanted to share the award with Xavi as he felt he deserved it as much as he did and how much he enjoyed playing with him. Contrast that with Ronaldo, who you could never imagine thanking anyone for anything.

Ferguson was also keen to add praise, saying Messi was just as good as any other player and could play in any generation of football. He also praised FC Barcelona, ​​who undoubtedly benefit from having Leo Messi on their side.

Lionel Messi was born in Santa Fe, Argentina in 1987 and joined FC Barcelona in 2000 at the age of 13. He suffered from a hormonal problem as a child, which prevented him from growing normally, and the economic crisis in Argentina at that time meant neither his parents nor his club at the time could afford the treatment. Part of the deal with FC Barcelona was that they got his medical bills in for treatment in Spain.

Messi is a favorite among fans for his exciting football, but his success has not gone in his head at all; he always comes across in interviews as modest and modest, clearly something many other football players could learn from for more information click here


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