2009 Ballon d'Or
|2009 Ballon d'Or|
2009 Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi
|Date||1 December 2009|
|Presented by||France Football|
|Won by||Lionel Messi (1st award)|
Messi won the award by a then record margin, 240 points ahead of 2008 winner Cristiano Ronaldo. Xavi was the second Barcelona player in the top three, finishing a further 63 points behind Ronaldo. Messi's win made him the first Argentine-born player to win the award since Omar Sívori in 1961; however, Sívori had taken Italian citizenship by that time and is recognised to have won the Ballon d'Or as an Italian player.