Photo: Lio Messi
‘La Pulga’ became the only soccer player to have ever received the accolade in two occasions, after leading the Barça to a 4-0 victory over Santos FC on Sunday.
Messi was awarded the Club World Cup’s Ballon d’Or after scoring twice in the spectacular final; the silver ball went to his team mate Xavi Hernández, while the bronze ball was awarded to Brazilian phenom Neymar.
In addition, Messi has been nominated for the third year in a row for the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award and is the clear favorite to win the 2011 FIFA Ballon d’Or award.
“I’m very excited about this because it was our goal all long to become No. 1 in the world,” Messi said after Sunday’s victory over Santos. “One of our concepts is to hold on to the possession as much as possible, and I think we were able to do that today.”
Always humble, Messi is quick to point out despite his performance and nominations as an individual player, soccer is always a team effort. “I’m happy I was able to score, but more than that, I’m pleased with the way we performed as a team,” said “La Pulga,” who got his squad nominated to every award he was nominated as an individual player.
Take a look at the video below for a close look at Messi lead the Barça to their second Club World Cup Title.