Lionel Messi was the clear winner of World Soccer’s World Player of the Year award. The Barcelona and Argentina star collected more than twice as many votes as his nearest rivals, Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid and Portugal, and club-mate, Andres Iniesta of Spain.

It is the third time Messi has won the award, having previously triumphed in 2009 and 2011. He joins Brazil’s Ronaldo, who is the only other player to have won the award on three occasions.

There was also recognition for Spain’s remarkable achievement in winning the 2012 European Championship. Vicente Del Bosque was the clear winner of the World Manager of the the Year Award, and Spain were the overwhelming choice as World Team of the Year.

This year, for the first time in the 30-year history of the awards, the votes from readers were combined with those from an independent panel of experts. The final vote (displayed here as percentages) were weighted to ensure 50 per cent for the reader votes and 50 per cent for those from the panel.

2012 World Player of the Year

1 Lionel Messi (Barcelona & Argentina) 47.33%

2 Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid & Portugal) 19.01

3 Andres Iniesta (Barcelona & Spain) 9.77

4 Andrea Pirlo (Juventus & Italy) 6.10

5 Radamel Falcao (Atletico Madrid & Colombia) 5.95

6 Neymar (Santos & Brazil) 3.60

7 Iker Casillas (Real Madrid & Spain) 2.30

8 Xavi (Barcelona & Spain) 1.78

9 Didier Drogba (Chelsea/Shanghai Shenhua & Ivory Coast) 1.77

10 Eden Hazard (Lille/Chelsea & Belgium) 0.37

 

2012 World Manager of the Year

1 Vicente Del Bosque (Spain) 28.49

2 Jose Mourinho (Real Madrid) 12.27

3 Roberto Di Matteo (Chelsea) 12.05

4 Jurgen Klopp (Borussia Dortmund) 10.33

5 Diego Simeone (Atletico Madrid) 7.19

6 Herve Renard (Zambia) 6.83

7 Marcelo Bielsa (Athletic Bilbao) 5.74

8 Tite (Corinthians) 4.67

9 Pep Guardiola (Barcelona) 2.72

10 Luis Tena (Mexico Olympic) 2.63

 

2012 World Team of the Year

1 Spain 47.36

2 Zambia 8.52

3 Chelsea 7.84

4 Juventus 7.36

5 Atletico Madrid 4.89

6 Borussia Dortmund 4.25

7 Corinthians 4.23

8 Universidad de Chile 4.00

9 Barcelona 3.63

10 Montpellier 2.90

 

Breakdown of the votes

Reader Votes

Player

Lionel Messi 40.13 %

Cristiano Ronaldo 18.94

Radamel Falcao 10.99

Andrea Pirlo 9.48

Neymar 7.20

Andres Iniesta 6.82

Xavi 2.65

Didier Drogba 2.63

Eden Hazard 0.76

Yaya Toure 0.38
Manager

Del Bosque 21.54

Jose Mourinho 15.45

Roberto Di Matteo  11.38

Marcelo Bielsa 10.57

Jurgen Klopp 9.77

Tite 9.35

Diego Simeone 8.94

Herve Renard 7.31

Rene Girard 4.06

Luis Tena 1.63
Team

Spain 32.00

Juventus 12.00

Zambia 9.78

Chelsea 9.33

Atletico Madrid 8.88

Corinthians 8.45

Universidad 8.00

Borussia Dortmund 5.78

Montpellier 4.00

Mexico Olympic 1.78

 

Panel votes

Player

Lionel Messi 54.54%

Cristiano Ronaldo 19.09

Andres Iniesta 12.73

Iker Casillas 4.54

Andrea Pirlo 2.73

Mohamed Aboutrika 0.91

Sergio Ramos 0.91

Radamel Falcao 0.91

Didier Drogba 0.91

Juan Mata 0.91

Zlatan Ibrahimovic 0.91

Xavi 0.91
Manager

Vincente Del Bosque 35.45

Roberto Di Matteo 12.73

Jurgen Klopp 10.90

Jose Mourinho 9.09

Herve Renard 6.36

Diego Simeone 5.45

Pep Guardiola 5.45

Antonio Conte 3.64

Luis Tena 3.64

Roberto Mancini 1.81

Cesare Prandelli 1.81

Alex Ferguson 0.91

Rene Girard 0.91

Jorge Sampaoli 0.91

Theo Bucker 0.91

Marcelo Bielsa 0.91
Team

Spain 62.73

Zambia 7.27

Barcelona 7.27

Chelsea 6.36

Real Madrid 5.45

Borussia Dortmund 2.73

Juventus 2.73

Montpellier 1.81

Al Ahly 0.91

Manchester United 0.91

Atletico Madrid 0.91

Bayern Munich 0.91

Manchester City 0.91

How the expert panel voted

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