26 Things You Didn't Know About Lionel Messi

He is the only player in history to win the Ballon d'Or four times.

Messi's first Ballon d'Or win in 2009 designated him as the best player in Europe for the year. Beginning in 2010, the award merged with FIFA's World Player of the Year and thus expanded the pool to include players from leagues on other continents. Despite the expanded field, Messi has managed to win each of the last three and is once again a heavy favorite in 2013.

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