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Messi Singles Out Iniesta

Lionel Messi paid tribute to Andres Iniesta after beating his Barcelona teammate and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo to a fourth straight Fifa Ballon d'Or.

Messi's record haul of 91 goals in 2012 saw him pip runner-up Ronaldo and Iniesta to the coveted award.

"To tell you the truth this is really quite unbelievable. The fourth award that I have received is just too great for words," he said upon receiving his trophy.

"I would like to recognise my other colleagues from Barcelona: Iniesta, it has been great to train and play alongside you.

"I would also like to recognise all of my friends in the Argentine national team.

"Everyone that has worked with me; coaches, staff and my family and my friends. Also my wife and my son. Thank you."

The 25-year-old Messi is the first ever player to win the accolade four times in a row. He shared the previous record of three consecutive triumphs with French legend and UEFA president Michel Platini.
 

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