Posted January 08, 2013 on AP on Fox
It took something very special to topple Lionel Messi from his position on top of the first AP Global Football rankings survey of 2013, and Edinson Cavani's perfect hat trick for Napoli did it. Left foot, right foot and header, three goals from the Uruguayan that pushed the Serie A team to a 4-1 victory over Roma and into third place in the league. ''Cavani's perfect hat trick against Roma served only to heighten the speculation of a possible January move away from Napoli,'' panelist Will Tidey of the San Francisco-based Bleacher Report said. Messi, who slipped from the leading position he has held since the AP rankings were launched in October, ended up sixth after managing only one goal in Barcelona's 4-0 victory over the weekend. The record-breaking Argentina forward did manage to pick up FIFA's Ballon d'Or on Monday night. ''Edinson Cavani - with a hat trick in the key match of Serie A - deserves the title of big gun of the week,&#...

Breaking news: Lionel Messi has lots of trophies (Photo)

Earlier this week, international soccer superstar Lionel Messi won the Ballon d'Or award, given by FIFA to the season's best player. It was the fourth consecutive year that Messi has won the award. On Wednesday, Messi posted a picture of himself on his Facebook page proudly displaying his four Ballon d'Or trophies in a trophy case with a message thanking his fans...


Lionel Messi accepted his record fourth Ballon d’Or award dressed in a black and white, polka dot patterned tux from Dolce & Gabbana. He scored an incredible 91 goals in 2012 but failed to score sartorially, as the ensemble sparked critiques in the eyes of fashion fans and sports fans. Despite the less than favorable feedback, the Daily Mail’s online fashion editor praised...

Lionel Messi wins Ballon d’Or once again

Tweet Lionel Messi already has a record-breaking performance this year. In 2012, the Barcelona and Argentinian striker scored 91 goals in the calendar year, breaking West Germany’s Gerd Mueller’s record from 1972. For fun, here’s a video of all 91 of those goals. Messi now has another record that he can claim. On Monday afternoon, [...]

Ghana Voted Lionel Messi For 2012 Fifa Ballon D’or Gong

Lionel Messi wins the Ballon D'Or for a record fourth time By Ameenu Shardow Ghana coach Akwasi Appiah and captain Asamoah Gyan both voted for Lionel Messi for the 2012 FIFA Ballon D’Or award. The Argentinean won the award for a record fourth time at a glamorous event held in Zurich on Monday night. Messi beat Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Andres Iniesta of Spain...

Samp Stun Juve, Classy Cavani Routs Roma

Seria A leaders and reigning champions Juventus began 2013 with a bump as Sampdoria struck twice in the second half to secure a 2-1 victory, while Napoli’s Edinson Cavani struck a fine hat-trick in beating Roma 4-1.

Lionel Messi showing off his polka dot suit and FIFA Ballon d’Or 2012 trophy

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Julian Bennetts, Hayters news agency, England. ''Lionel Messi has officially been named the best player in the world once again, which is enough to take the title here this week as well. There is little left to say about the Argentine, but there were some fine performances elsewhere in Europe, with Mauro Icardi the star as 10-man Sampdoria stunned Juventus, while Edinson...

Dropping Links: Sunday, January 6, 2013

Just a few links from around the web, while you wait for today's Wild Card matchups. - FOX used double box advertising during Friday's Cotton Bowl, which was a nice feature and might be infiltrating sports broadcasts all over the place soon. |Awful Announcing| - Lionel Messi scored 91 goals in one calendar year, so here's an infographic breaking it all down. |BuzzFeed...

See How Each National-Team Coach and Captain Voted for FIFA Ballon d’Or Award

Wondering which coach or team captain voted for Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Andres Iniesta or any other star? In this link you can find out who voted for who for the 2012 FIFA Ballon d’Or award. The world soccer governing body published the list that shows how the captains and coaches of each national team in the world as well as each journalist voted in first, second...

Does La Liga really justify such domination?

Does La Liga really justify such domination? - originally posted on Soccerlens.comLionel Messi’s fourth successive FIFA Ballon d’Or dominated the headlines this morning, but the results of the FIFA/FIFPro World XI is far more of a talking point. All eleven players selected ply their trade in La Liga, with 10 representing either Barcelona or Real Madrid. while the majority of...
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