25 Reasons Why Barcelona's Lionel Messi Must Win the Ballon D'Or

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25 Reasons Why Barcelona's Lionel Messi Must Win the Ballon D'Or
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Can Lionel Messi make it five in a row?

Barcelona's Lionel Messi will be attending the FIFA Ballon D'Or ceremony in Zurich on Monday, and he won't be going to make up the numbers.

Despite winning the prestigious golden ball on an unprecedented four successive occasions—this would be his fifth—and being injured for over three months of the year, the Argentine has still done enough to edge himself ahead of fellow nominees Franck Ribery and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Alec Fenn of Goal.com notes Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti as suggesting that Ronaldo "has to" win the accolade this year and after the Portuguese's star turn in the World Cup play-off vs. Sweden, many (including Metro) thought that the balance had been firmly tipped in Ronaldo's favour.

To dismiss the Argentine is folly, so let's take a look at 25 reasons why Messi must win...

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