FIFA have held their award ceremony to close out 2009 and named Lionel Messi as the World Player of the Year. The Barcelona schemer said on recieving the award: “Itâ€™s lovely to get this recognition from colleagues and coaches. That makes it even more important. The fact that Iâ€™m the first Argentinian to win it is also a great honour.”
Video of Messi being named the best player in the world and the obligatory highlight reel can be seen here.
The inaugral Puskas Award, for the best goal of the year, was also handed out and was won by Cristiano Ronaldo for hisÂ howitzer against Porto in the Champions League last season whilst the Portuguese winker was still playing for Manchester United.
The FIFA team of the year was also named, as voted by members of the international professional footballers’ union FIFPro:
Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), John Terry (Chelsea), Nemanja Vidic (Man Utd), Patrice Evra (Man Utd), Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Xavi (Barcelona), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Fernando Torres (Liverpool).