Images: Messi and his 'unbelievable' fourth Ballon d'Or


Messi said it was 'unbelievable' to win a fourth FIFA Player of the Year award. Getty Images


I know it's mine: Prior to the ceremony, Messi eyes the award at a press conference. Getty Images



Messi was humble enough to stop for autographs before the announcement. Getty Images


And in walks his closest competition. No, no, not Irina Shayk, we're talking about Cristiano Ronaldo. Getty Images


The world's top three players await the announcement. Messi stood first, followed by Ronaldo and Iniesta. Getty Images


Former World Player of the Year Fabio Cannavaro and FIFA president Sepp Blatter pick out the winner's name. No opportunity to say, "Surprise!". Getty Images


The FIFPro team of the year. Top (L to R): Ronaldo, Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, Dani Alves, Iker Casillas. Bottom (L to R): Radamel Falcao, Messi, Iniesta, Xavi, Xabi Alonso. Getty Images


Updated Date: Jan 08, 2013 12:47 PM

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