Lionel Messi


Pick-A-Side: Ranking The World Cup’s Best Players

32 teams and 736 players will be in Brazil as the World Cup kicks off on Thursday. Messi, Ronaldo, Rooney — Help us decide who is the best player in the world.


Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo poses with the 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or award for player of the year next to FIFA president Sepp Blatter. (Photo: OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)

Cristiano Ronaldo Wins FIFA Best Player Award

Cristiano Ronaldo has won the FIFA Ballon d’Or award for 2013, ending Lionel Messi’s four-year run as the world’s best player.


FIFA Ballon d'Or award winner Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (L) poses with the trophy by FIFA President Joseph Blatter during the FIFA Ballon d'Or awards ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 7, 2013.   AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORIN        (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)

Messi Wins Record 4th World’s Best Player Award

Lionel Messi became the first four-time winner of the FIFA Player of the Year award after shattering the world record with 91 goals last year for Barcelona and Argentina.