The Independent's chief football correspondent Sam Wallace tweeted:
Roy Hodgson's Ballon D'Or vote (he gets one as a national team manager): 1) Messi; 2) Ronaldo; 3) Falcao
Associated Press reporter Rob Harris has tweeted:
Mario Balotelli got 0.07% of Ballon d’Or voting
Who voted for Balotelli in Ballon D'Or? Captains of Austria, Laos & Palestine put him 3rd=3 points. 23rd in overall list with 0.07% of vote
Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler and former Arsenal and Manchester City midfielder Patrick Vieira have tweeted:
The best player EVER without a shadow, if you didn't think/know already... #Ballondor
- 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:
Messi, Messi, Messi, Messi
QPR winger Shaun Wright-Phillips and former Barcelona player Gary Lineker also took to Twitter:
Congrats #Messi ????????
Congratulations to Lionel Messi on winning his 4th Ballon d'Or. Totalmente merecido
Messi: "I want to thank my teammates, especially you, Andrés. Big thanks to my Argentina teammates and my family. Thank you." #PilotadOr
8th & Final Award: The FIFA Ballon D'Or 2012 winner - his record-breaking 4th title - is Lionel Messi, with 41.6% of the votes. #ballondor
The winner of the FIFA Ballon d'Or is LEO MESSI! Congratulations, Leo! #PilotadOr