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SBD Global/January 8, 2013/People and Pop Culture
Lionel Messi Awarded Fourth Consecutive Ballon D'Or
Published January 8, 2013
PRAISE FROM THE PRESS: In Madrid, Ramiro Aldunate wrote under the headline "Messi, the best in history" that Messi won his fourth consecutive Ballon d'Or, "which does not leave any doubt over his dominance in world football." It appears that "the only person that can stop Messi is himself." He has now surpassed football greats JOHAN CRUYFF, MARCO VAN BASTEN and MICHEL PLATINI, who all had three Ballon d'Or awards to their names (MARCA, 1/7). EUROSPORT wrote Messi "broke GERD MÜLLER's 40-year-old record for most goals in a calendar year." Messi scored 91 goals in '12, which is six more than Müller did in '72. Former FC Barcelona coach PEP GUARDIOLA said, "He doesn't only score a lot of goals, but many outstanding goals. Each new one is more impressive than the previous one. I feel sorry for those who want to dethrone him -- it is impossible" (EUROSPORT, 1/7).