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Lionel Messi scoops Fifa Ballon d'Or ahead of Arsenal tie

Date Posted: 11/01/11

Lionel Messi scoops Fifa Ballon d'Or ahead of Arsenal tie

Arsenal will be facing three of the best players in the world when they take on Barcelona in the Champions League, with Lionel Messi scooping the prestigious Fifa Ballon d'Or award last night.

The diminutive forward won the prize, which is a merger of the Fifa Player of the Year award and Ballon d'Or, ahead of teammates Xavi and Andres Iniesta.

Those staying in London hotels will be able to see the trio in action when Arsene Wenger's side welcome Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday February 16th.

Picking up the trophy, Messi said: "To win it makes it even more special. I want to share it with all of my friends, my family, all the Barcelonistas and the Argentineans."

Real Madrid's former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was named Coach of the Year after winning the treble with Inter Milan last year, while Turkey's Hamit Altintop was given the Puskas Award for Goal of the Year.

Posted by Louise Millard

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