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On Monday, Lionel Messi became only the third player in the history of the Ballon D'Or Award (Golden Ball) to win the trophy on three occasions. He is the second to do so in three consecutive years. For the best player in the world, it's another trophy for a mantle already full from individual and team honors he's won with Spanish Club Barcelona. Messi joined some stellar company with the other three-time winners of the Ballon D'Or: Johan Cruyff, Michel Platini and Marco van Basten. The FIFA Player of the Year award was merged with the Ballon D'or in 2010....

Argentina To Face Brazil In Soccer Match at MetLife Stadium

Argentina's national soccer team will play an exhibition game against Brazil at MetLife Stadium this spring. The June 9 match-up pits Brazil— the sixth-ranked team in the world— against 10th-ranked Argentina which is led by Lionel Messi. Yesterday, Messi was awarded the FIFA Golden Ball as soccer's best player in the world.  It was the third year in a row the Argentine...

Modest Messi dedicates award to team-mates

Barcelona star Lionel Messi was ecstatic to clinch his third consecutive FIFA Ballon d’Or award for being the best player...

Argentina to face Brazil in NJ friendly

Argentina will face Brazil in a friendly on July 9 at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. Argentina also says it will play Saudi Arabia in Riyadh on Nov. 14. Argentina is scheduled to play Switzerland in Bern on Feb. 29. The South Americans have announced a match with Germany on Aug. 15, but a venue has not been confirmed. AFA made no comment about the makeup of the squads, although...

Lionel Messi named world's best player for 2011

ZURICH - Already judged one of football's all-time greats at just 24, Lionel Messi unsurprisingly extended his...

Puyol: Messi is reason Xavi hasn't won Ballon d'Or

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -Barcelona captain Carles Puyol says Xavi Hernandez would likely have already won the Ballon d'Or if Lionel Messi wasn't his teammate.
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