'Messi deserves record fourth Ballon d'Or'

Posted: 29 November 2012 Time: 03:30 pm

Uefa president Michel Platini says Messi, who won the Ballon d'Or in 2009, 2010, and 2011, deserves to win it again.

The Barcelona attacker currently shares the record of winning the prize three years in a row with Platini, a former France international.

"Records are there to be beaten. If he wins it again, it's because he deserves it," Platini told Ouest-France.

"He's still only 25 years old and has every opportunity to leave his mark for all eternity."

Fifa and France Football announced the final three candidates for the 2012 award today, with Spain-based trio of Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Andres Iniesta the final three.

The Ballon d'Or will be awarded on January 7.

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Previous comments on this story...

Mafs
posted: 03:35 pm
And he's going to win 10 years in a row

Shapi Messi Shapa
Thobzin
posted: 03:35 pm
Messi deserves every award thats on offer because he is the best by far!
S'javo
posted: 03:40 pm
Only mentally unstable person can dispute that,as long as messi is still playing he will keep on collecting those awards.
INCOGNITO
posted: 03:42 pm
ayeye messi haters
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 03:43 pm
The best player of his generation by far....We are all privileged to watch him play.......The Atomic Flea.

He is going to to take the crown once more...making history.
INCOGNITO
posted: 03:49 pm
Good thing only Journalists, national team captains and coaches vote for the winner
Black Jesus
posted: 03:49 pm
Editor,Michel Platini is a former French international n ot Argetina.......Messi mos.def.deserves it.
KOIYOKO
posted: 03:53 pm
No questions about it !!
Ndips
posted: 03:54 pm
all those players who prefered to be drunk instead of playing football, we could have seen atleast one of them competing with the likes of Messi,Christiano and Iniesta. the likes of Jabu Pule, Steve Lekoelea, Skapi Malatsi and others. Damn those boys could have given Messi a hard time.
wizzy.elvis
posted: 04:08 pm
messi is de best i've ever seen
wizzy.elvis
posted: 04:09 pm
u cnt compr him with any1 in diz wrld
Dj Lumeh (Treble Dj...)
posted: 04:09 pm
Nxa i hate this selfish man /Messi/ said Pedro
Ntlakuso
posted: 04:26 pm
While I think that the 3 players are undoubtadly the best, the truth is that in Spain, if you aint Madrids and Barca, chances are you suck, so its a little easier. While in England, you play Fulham and its as tough as Arsenal.
Champ Msholozi
posted: 04:38 pm
vele
Rio da General
posted: 04:44 pm
Pele is Jelas wit Messi honestly dis boy is Marvel he wil win dis 6 tyms in a row,even Pop-corn Neymar won't win it
De Bruin!!!
posted: 04:57 pm
This is what I call a FOOTBALL GENIUS, he aint selfish, arrogant or full of himself. One can never get tired of seeing this guy do what he does best i.e making "superstars" look like dust.

After all, he got nothing on our Nyawana.
Doox
posted: 05:30 pm
He is really good. But we also have to look at current level of football in general. I like what Luis Figo just said when asked about who is the best between the (former footballer) Zinedine Zidane and Messi. And his response was that besides them been the two different players, there is currently just a small pool of players to compete for the Best.
It's between Messi and Ronaldo. Whereas during the Zidane's times you'll have to sieve from at least 20+ best players. Truely speaking besides Ronaldo, he's (Messi) got no competition because there's virtually No competition at all.
MoDawana
posted: 05:49 pm
Mr Platini has spoken like a true great who appreciates that Messi is not just talent, he is just a different species. One that comes every 100 years.

People I think we are seeing, the greatest footbaler of his generation and possibly, the greatest footballer of all times. I am blessed to have witnessed his artistry live twice.

As the Argentines sang during the WC: "WABO WABO" Leo.
NTSUMPA SIGUDLA
posted: 07:05 pm
I THINK LIONEL MASSI DESERVE TO WIN IT AGAIN WITH NO DOUBT
Ngomane
posted: 07:28 pm
MESSIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII.
CJB Ramses III
posted: 07:50 pm
Yhe-yhe.... Barclays Premeir league is the best in the world... Nonsense... The football played in England is rubbish...
King Leonidas
posted: 08:18 pm
Will you editors and coaches in that panel PLEASE!!! Vote for INIESTA HE is the most DESERVING of them all Champions leagues, euro champions with Spain, world cup and this nigga stepped up HIS game to score crucial goals to win all the above champions tittle,and HE got nothing, y'all NIGGAS need to give INIESTA this
bramoks
posted: 07:56 am
Messi deserves all the accolades. Like Mourinho proving himself in different countries, I'd like to see Messi playing in England,Italy etc. Just to see how he adapts. This in no way should take away that he's the best player at the moment.
bramoks
posted: 07:56 am
Messi deserves all the accolades. Like Mourinho proving himself in different countries, I'd like to see Messi playing in England,Italy etc. Just to see how he adapts. This in no way should take away that he's the best player at the moment.
bramoks
posted: 07:56 am
Messi deserves all the accolades. Like Mourinho proving himself in different countries, I'd like to see Messi playing in England,Italy etc. Just to see how he adapts. This in no way should take away that he's the best player at the moment.
Miyelani19861208
posted: 08:07 am
they should rather give it to iniesta.....because in all honesty,Ronaldo has been better than messi last season in all competitions La Liga/Continental Tournaments(Copa America/Euro) ......so just to ensure that we are fair, iniesta Won the Euro and was second on the Log in La Liga thus he is the closest to Ronaldo
cmash
posted: 08:20 am
Black Jesus

posted: 03:49 pm | Report

Editor,Michel Platini is a former French international n ot Argetina.......Messi mos.def.deserves it


The Barcelona attacker currently shares the record of winning the prize three years in a row with Platini, a former France international.
Dooba [Glory Deferred]
posted: 08:22 am
messi is the God of football, and gods are eternal... 4 times is more like he wwas just warming up.... he will take this award until they elevate the stadard, that is they would soon have to compare Messi's genius with that of gods! He is too much for mortals such as CR7 or Fossils such as Pele... only Maradona can claim his nearness!
Dooba [Glory Deferred]
posted: 08:27 am
Ndips

all those players who prefered to be drunk instead of playing football, we could have seen atleast one of them competing with the likes of Messi,Christiano and Iniesta. the likes of Jabu Pule, Steve Lekoelea, Skapi Malatsi and others. Damn those boys could have given Messi a hard time.
===============
I agree with you sir... Jabu Pule was just phenomenal, a wizard, to me he outclassed every SA player, contemporary or old... that was until Heineken took over!
Gold & Black lamborghini
posted: 09:02 am
@Miyelani19861208:

Messi was the Player of the Year in La-Liga...
He also won the Euro Golden boots & Pichichi (La Liga top scorer)....

so, how can he (CR7) be better than him - individually... beside winning the la-liga with Madrid?
Tico MP
posted: 09:21 am
ALL HAIL
Siyathembjilaji@yahoo.com
posted: 10:52 am
mxm
Black Jesus
posted: 11:11 am
@ cmash...the editor probably noticed that his error and corrected it,on the original article he wrote former Argetina International.
sgidizane
posted: 11:26 am
Its time for Niekseen to give Jabulani Shongwe a freedom of expression as an attacking player not as a central midfielder.He can revived the form he displayed against platinum stars during his time at Puktawana.The boy is a gem.if u don't believe me,watch him at your tube.He is highly rated by Ted Dumitru as great ball player.The questional is,is central midfield a best position for him? give him position no 10,Lionel meisie match him with pace only,but you will never doubt his skills,ball intelligence, and techniques.He is probably ,one of the best player that as SA has ever produced.
GrimReaper
posted: 11:45 am
I bow my head for the football maestro, the genius, the magician and goal scoring tactician. U r not a machine but a god....win it or not, U R THE GREATEST I'VE SEEN. watching u play is a marvel....damn....not even gona talk abt Happy Sindane (not a bad player, but definately not the best...he can compete wt bo Neymar, Robinho. Bale etc).
young wizzy
posted: 12:00 pm
No doubt he is the best & i also glad to witness his talent, I will grow to tell my grandchildren about him
lsg7
posted: 10:02 am
hahahaha...messi deserves it, but i would love Iniesta to take this one. but either messi or iniesta i wil be happy, i stil believe that Xavi was supposed to be in the top 3 instead of CR7....*Typical Barca Fan*
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