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09/01/2012 Lionel Messi wins award for a record 3rd consecutive year

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Ballon d'Or 2012 Lionel Messi

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Lionel Messi ● All Ballon D'Or Awards ● 2009 - 2015 ᴴᴰ

At the close of the year, Messi had scored a record 91 goals in all competitions for Barcelona and Argentina. Although FIFA did not acknowledge the achievement, citing verifiability issues, he received the Guinness World Records title for most goals scored in a calendar year. As the odds-on favorite, Messi again won the FIFA Ballon d'Or, becoming the only player in history to win the Ballon d'Or four times.