Sports Daily, Diario Ole has leaked out the picture of Ballon d’Or 2012 trophy, revealing the winner’s name along with two other finalists.
As you can see above, the biggest plaque in the center reveals Lionel Messi as Ballon d’Or 2012 winner with Cristiano Ronaldo and Andres Iniesta as runners up.
The official announcement of Ballon d’Or 2012 winner will be made on 7th January, 2013 at the Palace of Congresses in Zurich, Switzerland.
Lionel Messi was the heavy favorite to win this year’s Ballon d’Or award ahead of other nominees which includes Ronaldo, Iniesta, Xavi and Rooney.
I think almost everybody saw this coming, who could compete with someone who broke the goalscoring record and scored 91 goals in one calendar year?
I guess even Ronaldo could not argue this time.
If this leaked picture can be believed, then Messi will be the Ballon d’Or winner four times in a row, beating his own record and Michel Platini’s record who won it in 1971, 1973, and 1974.
With this award, Lionel Messi will be the first ever to win it four times, and the first to win it four in a row. And considering he is only 25 years old, we could see him become the best in the world ever and win more of this FIFA Ballon d’Or in the future.