Just a quick post to say that Leo Messi has just been awarded the Fifa Ballon d’Or as the best player of 2010. There had been a lot of speculation that the award would go to Xavi or Iniesta as World Cup winners but Iniesta had to make do with second place while Xavi came in third. I wrote my opinion on who should win the Ballon d’Or a couple of weeks ago and I believe justice has been done, while readers of this blog voted clearly in favour of Xavi.
This is the eighth Ballon d’Or to be awarded to a Barça player after Luis Suarez (1960), Johan Cruyff (1973, 1974), Stoichkov (1994), Rivaldo (1999), Ronaldinho (2005) and Messi (2009).
We also had six players in Fifa’s ideal team of 2010 with Piqué, Puyol, Xavi, Iniesta, Messi and Villa all included. Making up the eleven were Maicon, Lucio and Sneijder from Inter Milan and Casillas and Ronaldo from Real Madrid.