The 2011/12 season FIFA Ballon D’or Awards were a clean sweep for Latin America & Spain with all major awards going to players and managers from Spain, Argentina & Brazil. Most noticeably, Argentina’s Lionel Messi won his third consecutive FIFA World Player Trophy, equalling Michel Platini, Marco VanBasten & Johan Cruyff.
Additionally, 9 of the world’s best 11 players selected all play for Real Madrid or Barcelona in Spain’s Professional First Division.
Messi has won his 3rd consecutive FIFA Ballon D’or
Brazil’s Neymar won the FIFA Puskas award for the season’s bext goal
Spanish manager Josep Guardiola was selected the world’s best manager by his peers.