FIFA Ballon d'Or Award Winners

Lionel Messi, FIFA Ballon d'Or Winner

Lionel Messi is the FIFA Ballon d'Or winner this year. He was elected by the coaches and captains of the national teams of the 209 FIFA Member Associations and a selected group of media. With the exception of the Copa del Rey, Barca did not lift a major trophy in 2012, however Messi was top goal-scorer in the Spanish La Liga and became Barçaall-time leading goalscorer in official matches when he scored his 233rd goal on 20 March, breaking the record for the number of UEFA Champions League goals in a single season (14) and, with his 82 goals in all competitions, he edges ever closer to breaking the record held by the legendary Gerd Muller (85 goals).

Messi helped Argentina dominate the South American FIFA World Cup qualifiers as well.

Messi also picked up the inaugural UEFA Best Player in Europe Award, ahead of team-mate Xavi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Women's Award

Abby Wambach, FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year 2012

Abby Wambach is the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year 2012. Wambach was voted ahead of runner-up Marta and Alex Morgan, who finished third.

Coach's Award

Vicente del Bosque, FIFA World Coach of the Year for Men’s Football

Vicente del Bosque is the FIFA World Coach of the Year for Men’s Football for 2012. Del Bosque has been elected in front of runner-up Jose Mourinho and third-placed Pep Guardiola.

President's Award

Franz Beckenbauer, FIFA Presidential Award

In recognition of his extraordinary achievements and record of service to professional football, Franz Beckenbauer was presented with the FIFA Presidential Award 2012 at the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2012 Gala at Zurich's Kongresshaus. Franz Beckenbauer rates as one of the all-time greats in world football. Known in his home country of Germany as Lichtgestalt or “the guiding light", and respectfully all over the globe as Der Kaiser, the former player, coach is "blessed with a Midas touch".

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