After finishing in second for the past two seasons, Messi is following in the footsteps of Ronaldinho, who won the award in 2006, and becomes the fifth Barça player to win the award.
"First of all I would like to thank all of my colleagues who voted, as it is a huge honour to receive this award,"; said a thrilled Messi, the first Argentinian to win the accolade.
"It is beautiful to have the recognition of your colleagues from other national teams. I want to say thanks and share this with all of my team-mates. This is the best way to end a magnificent year for Barcelona, my team-mates and for me, Thanks a lot." The results are:
- Messi: 1,073
- Cristiano Ronaldo: 352
- Xavi: 196
- Kaka: 190
- Andres Iniesta: 134
Women's World Player of the Year: Marta (FOURTH TIME IN A ROW! YOU GO GIRL!)
FIFA Puskás Award: Cristiano Ronaldo
FIFA/FIFPro World XI: Iker Casillas, Dani Alves, Vidic, John Terry, Patrice Evra, Steven Gerrard, Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Cristiano Ronaldo, Nando Torres, Leo Messi
Presidential Award: Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan
FIFA Fair Play Award: The late, great Sir Bobby Robson
The FIFA Development Award: China
Messi's list of awards for the year 2009 include Premio Don Balón (Best Foreign Player in La Liga)
EFE Trophy (Best Ibero-American Player in La Liga)
UEFA Champions League Top Scorer
Trofeo Alfredo Di Stéfano
UEFA Club Forward of the Year
UEFA Club Footballer of the Year
LFP Best Player
‘World Soccer’ Player of the Year
FIFA Club World Cup Golden Ball
FIFA World Player of the Year
MESSI DOMINATES! WHAT A PROUD CULE I AM!
Kaka rocking the turtleneck.
This pic makes me LOL, it's so awkward.
I'm not a fan of women's football but I was so happy when she won!
Queen Rania's dress is fierce.
Xavi being hot at the press conference. I am extremely attracted to this hombre.
Nando! Also, do you know if Dani does bachelorette parties?