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7:05 AM EST
After winning his fourth Ballon d'Or, is the Argentine the best player of all time?
Have your say here!
That's all from me, Enis Koylu. Stay tuned to Goal.com for all the reaction and fallout to today's news.
7:02 AM EST
Messi went with: Iniesta, Xavi and Aguero
In the end, it was his day, not theirs, though!
6:58 AM EST
Didier Deschamps went with: Messi, Ronaldo and Xavi
Joachim Low went with: Ozil, Neuer and Xavi
Cesare Prandelii voted for: Pirlo, Buffon and Messi
Alejandro Sabella's picks were: Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Radamel Falcao
And finally, Vicente del Bosque's selection: Casillas, Xavi and Iniesta
6:53 AM EST
Gigi Buffon voted (in order) for Andrea Pirlo, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo
Philipp Lahm's votes were: Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo
Hugo Lloris voted: Lionel Messi, Radamel Falcao and Dider Drogba
Iker Casillas' were: Sergio Ramos, Cristiano Ronaldo and Xavi
6:45 AM EST
@siphiwe107 says: Messi is out of this world, but because Iniesta was ifluential during Euro 2012, I feel he should have won.
@AyoT4life: Ronaldo was meant to win it. He had the cups and individual stats to win. Messi didn't win a major trophy in 2012.
@ebirimobinna: Some say he is the greatest. Statistically, he is the greatest. Today, he has been confirmed as the greatest. Congrats, Lionel Messi.
@Insider_del_fut: If we follow Fifa's criteria for last year's edition, Messi shouldn't have won tonight. It should be either Iniesta or Ronaldo.
Keep 'em coming folks!
6:39 AM EST
"The universal reaction seems to be acceptance that Messi is the worthy winner. Those disagreeing appear to be pointing to the fact that Barcelona lost out on both La Liga and the Champions League, but that is hardly what decides personal awards.
"Ben Hayward's editorial sums Messi up brilliantly. At 25, he has smashed all kinds of records already and is only getting better. He still has a few years to go before reaching his peak, which is a very scary thought! Only a World Cup win with Argentina now separates him from the undisputed crown of the planet's greatest ever footballer."
6:30 AM EST
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6:23 AM EST
The Ballon d'Or winner is: Lionel Messi
The Fifpro XI is: Casillas; Dani Alves, Pique, Ramos, Marcelo; Alonso, Xavi, Iniesta; Messi, Falcao, Ronaldo
The Coach of the Year is: Vicente del Bosque
Women's World Player of the Year is: Abby Wambach
Women's Coach of the Year is: Pia Sundhage
The Presidential Award went to: Franz Beckenbauer
The Fair Play Award went to: Uzbekistan Football Federation
6:15 AM EST
Congratulations Messi: The best there is, and far from finished yet
Enjoy, ladies and gentlemen!
6:11 AM EST
Meanwhile, Del Bosque got 34.51%, Mourinho 20.49% and Guardiola 12.91%
6:08 AM EST
“I think all three nominees were amazing in 2012 but Lionel Messi was something special. To score 91 goals in a full year is unbelievable.
“Both him and Cristiano are great but Leo Messi is incredible.
“To win the Ballon d’Or was a very special day for me. To win the award and be named the best player in the year is something very special in your life.”
6:04 AM EST
There was never going to be anyone else, was there?
5:59 AM EST
2012 Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi!
5:57 AM EST
5:55 AM EST
It's the moment of the truth...
5:53 AM EST
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5:45 AM EST
Yeah, I don't get it either, but let's just roll with it ...
5:36 AM EST
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