Found January 08, 2013 on More Than Stats:
PLAYERS: Lionel Messi
Congratulations to  Argentine footballer Lionel Messi(who plays for Barcelona FC) after winning the FIFA Ballon d’OR Award yesterday, Mr. Messi has been balling as he just collected his fourth consecutive title as best player in the world. But Messi’s award wasn’t the biggest story of the night, it was actually his choice of attire for the ceremony. Messi made a bold fashion statement enrobed in a custom tuxedo by Dolce & Gabbana, which featured an eccentric Polka dot tuxedo jacket and bow-tie combination, that was impossible to miss. I could never pull this look off, but I commend Messi for taking a risk, standing out like the star he is. What are your thoughts? “The tailored blazer was designed exclusively for Messi by Dolce and Gabbana, the label with whom he has a sponsorship deal.” “was a one-button black silk tuxedo with white polka dots and black satin lapels, according to the official description.Messi also wore a tailored vest in black wool with four buttons and a plain white shirt. Out of shot is a tuxedo style trouser with a velvet side trim from the waist down the leg.”   photos via

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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...

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

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AP Global Football 10 Quotebox

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...

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

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