Lionel Messi Wins FIFA World Player Award

ZURICH — Lionel Messi won his second straight FIFA player of the year award Monday, with his mesmerizing play for Barcelona outweighing a disappointing World Cup.The Argentine forward beat out Barcelona teammates Xavi Hernandez and And…

ZURICH — Lionel Messi won his second straight FIFA player of the year award Monday, with his mesmerizing play for Barcelona outweighing a disappointing World Cup.

The Argentine forward beat out Barcelona teammates Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta for the renamed FIFA Golden Ball Award, which merged the FIFA player of the year with France Football’s Golden Ball. Messi became the first repeat winner since Ronaldinho in 2004 and 2005.

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