The FIFA Ballon d'Or trophy for the year was awarded to Argentina's Lionel Messi for the third time in a row on Monday evening at the award ceremony in Zurich, Switzerland.
The 24-year footballer was short-listed from a three-player list that included Spanish footballer and club teammate Xavi Hernandez and Real Madrid´s Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo.
While Cristiano came close second in the vote for the trophy, Xavi bagged the third position.
The trophy was handed over to Messi by retired Brazilian great Ronaldo. The young footballer deemed it to be a 'huge honor'.