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Fifa Ballon d'Or LIVE!
It's one of the biggest days in the footballing calendar as we will find who is the world's best player and coach, and Goal.com is here for every second of it.

Hosted by Enis Koylu.

20:05 GMT


And that's that from me! It's been a long day, and in the end, Lionel Messi has made history.

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.

20:02 GMT


And finally, let's see who the man himself voted for:

Messi went with: Iniesta, Xavi and Aguero

In the end, it was his day, not theirs, though!

19:58 GMT


Now for a few of the coaches!

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

19:53 GMT


The list of who voted for who has come out;

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

19:45 GMT


The reader reaction is flying in...

@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!

19:39 GMT


And here's what Kris Voakes says about the decision to award the Ballon d'Or to Lionel Messi:

"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."

19:30 GMT


So, readers of Goal.com, what do YOU think? Does Messi deserve it? Should Ronaldo or Iniesta have won? What about the coaching award? Jose Mourinho complained at the time that he does far more work than Vicente del Bosque - has he been unfairly overlooked?

Get in touch via Twitter!

19:23 GMT


So, here's a recap of all of tonight's winners.

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

19:15 GMT


And Goal.com's Ben Hayward has been typing away furiously through all that to bring us this nugget of brilliance:

Congratulations Messi: The best there is, and far from finished yet

Enjoy, ladies and gentlemen!

19:11 GMT


The tallies are in. 41.6% of the vote was enough for Messi to win the award. Ronaldo got 23.68% and Iniesta 10.91%.

Meanwhile, Del Bosque got 34.51%, Mourinho 20.49% and Guardiola 12.91%

19:08 GMT


And just like that, Goal.com's Greg Stobart has got us some EXCLUSIVE quotes from Andriy Shevchenko:

“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.”

19:04 GMT


So, you've got to feel sorry for Andres Iniesta and Cristiano Ronaldo, both worthy winners of the award after fantastic years, but what Messi has done time and time again has been astounding. The little Argentine scored a stunning 91 goals, breaking a goalscoring record set by Gerd Muller 40 years before.

There was never going to be anyone else, was there?

18:59 GMT


"To tell you the truth, this is really quite unbelievable. The fourth award that I've had is beyond words. I want to thank my colleagues from Barcelona and recognise my friends from the national team. I must thank my family and my friends, and especially my wife and my son."

2012 Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi!

18:57 GMT


AND IT'S MESSI!!! Fourth straight Ballon d'Or for Messi, and another record broken!

18:55 GMT


It'll be 2006 Ballon d'Or winner, and former Real Madrid star, Fabio Cannavaro to present the Men's Award.

It's the moment of the truth...

18:53 GMT


And it's Abby Wambach who wins the Women's Ballon d'Or, the proud owner of a whopping 198 international caps for the USA. Congratulations! Not a bad day for the Americans ...

18:50 GMT


And here comes the Fifa Women's Ballon d'Or. It's to be presented by Hope Solo, who could be presenting the prize to two familiar faces ...

18:45 GMT


Fifa is making us wait to find out who's going to win the big one. Ruud Gullit has announced that we're going to have a musical break, with Amy Macdonald, a proud Rangers fan, playing one of her songs.

Yeah, I don't get it either, but let's just roll with it ...

18:36 GMT


And the Uzbekistan Football Federation has won the latest award - the Fair Play Award. Congrats to them.

18:29 GMT


And the winner of the Fifa Presidential Award is Franz Beckenbauer! The only man to captain and coach a World Cup winning team and a true legend of German football, and Bayern Munich.