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The Independent's chief football correspondent Sam Wallace tweeted:
Associated Press reporter Rob Harris has tweeted:
Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler and former Arsenal and Manchester City midfielder Patrick Vieira have tweeted:
- Lionel Messi played 69 games for club and country in 2012 and scored 91 goals.
- The Argentine beat Gerd Muller's 40-year record for most goals scored in a calendar year. The German scored 85 goals.
- The forward also made 22 assists in 2012, ten more than fellow nominee Cristiano Ronaldo but one less than Andres Iniesta.
- Messi helped his team Barcelona win the Copa del Rey and build up an 11 point gap at the top of La Liga this season.
- The diminutive forward has won his record-breaking fourth consecutive Ballon d'Or.
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero congratulated his Argentina team mate Lionel Messi on his record fourth Ballon D'Or victory:
QPR winger Shaun Wright-Phillips and former Barcelona player Gary Lineker also took to Twitter: