Lionel Messi Is the First of the Next 5 FIFA Ballon D'Or Winners

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Lionel Messi Is the First of the Next 5 FIFA Ballon D'Or Winners
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“Please say Xavi, Please Say Xavi” declares Lionel Messi, to himself, sitting in the first row at the Ballon D’Or ceremony. He is the odds-on favourite to win. It may go to Xavi for sentimentality reasons, the same way Ryan Giggs won the PFA Player of The Year Award in 2009. It may also go to Cristiano Ronaldo, if the judges happen to be passed brown paper envelopes.

There is no doubt, however, that Messi was the best player in this calendar year. He has continued to defy description to a point that you feel repetition will start to occur sooner or later. The 24-year-old Argentinian has also been one of the top two finalists for the Ballon D’Or award since 2008.

So if Messi does win it this year, when will the greedy Lionel give up his space as the world’s greatest? 

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