Lionel Messi has once again been awarded the 2011 FIFA player of the year. The Barcelona and Argentina player has now won the award three times. Messi was able to beat out team-mate Xavi Hernandez and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo. This year alone, the 24 year old has won the Spanish Liga title, UEFA Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup, and the UEFA Super Cup.
“I want to thank my Barcelona and Argentina teammates, without them this would have been impossible. But most of all, I want to share the award with Xavi: you deserve this as much as I do.”
The fact that Messi is only 24 makes him that much more appealing. He is already being considered by many as the best player to ever play the game. This opinion will put to the test once the Champions League round of 16 begin in February.