Messi wins a fourth straight Ballon d'Or

LIONEL MESSI has won the Ballon d’Or for a record fourth season in a row after justifying long odds-on favouritism to beat Andres Iniesta and Cristiano Ronaldo to the award at a glitzy ceremony in Zurich.

Messi scored 91 goals in 2012 which helped him to the Ballon d’Or and Spain’s Vicente del Bosque edged out Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola to the Fifa Coach of the Year following Spain’s success at Euro 2012.

Meanwhile, Guardiola has said he intends to return to football next season and Paddy Power make Bayern Munich 15-8 favourites to take on the former Barca boss with Chelsea at 11-4.

Manchester City are 5-1 in the market for Guardiola’s next club, Manchester United come next at 6-1 and it’s 12-1 bar those four teams.

Match in Focus

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Holstein Kiel v Wolfsburg

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • Holstein Kiel have not kept a clean sheet in their last five matches
Expert verdict
Bundesliga strugglers Wolfsburg are taking part in the promotion/relegation playoff for a second successive season but they hold a 3-1 lead after the home leg against Holstein Kiel and can finish the job successfully. Holstein are the top scorers in the Bundesliga 2 but their defence is far from perfect and may let them down again. Wolfsburg posted nine shots on target on Thursday and could be just as dangerous in the second leg, with the home side under pressure to take risks.

 

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