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FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2012

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 07: Franz Beckenbauer receives the FIFA Presential award 2012 trophy by Joseph Blatter, FIFA president (L) at Congress House on January 7, 2013 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)

2012 FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala

January 7, 2013

Lionel Messi was voted the world's best player for an unprecedented fourth straight year for his 91-goal year for Barcelona and Argentina in 2012. U.S. women's national team star striker Abby Wambach won the FIFA Women's World Player award.