Messi sweeps fourth successive Fifa Ballon D'Or award
ZURICH (REUTERS) - Lionel Messi, still only 25, was named the world's best player for the fourth time in a row on Monday after a year in which finally produced his best form for Argentina as well as Barcelona.
Messi was handed the Fifa Ballon D'Or award after a typically cheesy ceremony which featured a performance from a giant dancing armadillo named Fuleco, the mascot for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Real Madrid and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo, winner in 2008, finished runner-up behind Messi for the third time and Messi's Barcelona team mate Andres Iniesta was third.
For the third time in a row since Fifa's Player of the Year of the year merged with France Football's Ballon d'Or, the podium was shared by three players based in La Liga.