Messi: My mind went blank
Lionel Messi made history when he claimed the 2012 FIFA Ballon d’Or on Monday evening, becoming the first ever player to be named as the world’s best on four occasions - all of them consecutive.
“It’s really nice to win it again, for a fourth consecutive time. I'm really very happy. The fact is I enjoy the things that happen to me, the awards I’ve won, and I hope I can now go on and win more titles with my club and my national team,” Messi said.
Messi went on to say he would celebrate the award with his family as usual, and admitted to feeling somewhat taken aback when he was announced as the winner: “My mind went blank and I couldn’t think of what to say. All the same, I’d like to dedicate this award to my family.”