11 Jan 2011

Messi wins world footballer title

1:14 pm on 11 January 2011

Argentina's Lionel Messi has been named World Footballer of the Year for the second time in a row, surprisingly beating his Barcelona team-mates Andres Iniesta and Xavi.

Iniesta and Xavi had been favourites after helping Spain win the World Cup last year while Messi had failed to score a goal or produce his best form at the tournament in South Africa.

It was the first time the award had been made since the decision to unite FIFA's World Player of the Year with France Football magazine's older Ballon D'Or.

Messi won both awards last season.

Votes were cast by the coaches and captains of national teams and by selected journalists.

Jose Mourinho added to his collection of titles when he won the Coach of the Year award.

The Portuguese, now with Real Madrid, was given the accolade after leading Inter Milan to a treble of Champions League, Serie A and Italian Cup last season.

He won the poll ahead of two Spaniards, Vicente del Bosque, who led Spain to last year's World Cup, and Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola.

Former Chelsea coach Mourinho, 47, has won the Champions League with two different clubs having previously led Porto to the title.