8 Jan 2013

Messi named top player in world again

8:44 am on 8 January 2013

Lionel Messi of Argentina has won FIFA's World Player of the Year award for an unprecedented fourth consecutive year.

The Barcelona player scored a record 91 goals for club and country last year.

Real Madrid and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo was second in the 2012 FIFA Ballon d'Or award and Messi's Barcelona team mate Andres Iniesta was third.

Messi was voted FIFA Player of the Year in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Brazilian Ronaldo and Frenchman Zinedine Zidane both won the award three times, although neither did so in successive years.