Messi beat off competition from Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid and his team mate Andrés Iniesta.
The Argentine scored 91 goals during 2012, an all time record which helped him win the Ballon D’Or for a fourth time.
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Chelsea have struggled to build momentum in the opening stages of the campaign and are currently looking over their shoulders at the relegation zone.
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