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Old 01-12-2009   #1
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Default Ballon d'Or 2009



Lionel Messi of Barcelona and Argentina has won the Ballon d'Or 2009 award, making him the first player from his country to be crowned European Footballer of the Year.

The 22-year-old has now occupied all of the top three places, having debuted in third in 2007 before rising to second last year.

Furthermore, Messi has won by the greatest margin ever recorded in the history of this venerable competition. Out of a possible 480 points, Lionel scored 473 - a new record, and far ahead of the man in second place, namely last year's winner Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese managed 233 points.

1. Lionel Messi (Argentina / Barcelona) 473 boda
2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal / Manchester United i Real Madrid) 233
3. Xavi (Španjolska / Barcelona) 170
4. Andres Iniesta (Španjolska / Barcelona) 149
5. Samuel Eto'o (Kamerun, Barcelona i Inter) 75
6. Kaka (Brazil, Milan i Real) 58
7. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Švedska, Inter i Barcelona) 50
8. Wayne Rooney (Engleska, Manchester United) 35
9. Didier Drogba (Obala Bjelokosti, Chelsea) 33
10. Steven Gerrard (Engleska / Liverpool) 32
11. Fernando Torres (Španjolska / Liverpool) 22
12. Cesc Fabregas (Španjolska / Arsenal) 13
13. Edin Džeko (Bosna i Hercgovina, Wolfsburg) 12
14. Ryan Giggs (Wales / Manchester United) 11
15. Thierry Henry (Francuska / Barcelona) 9
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