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The historic start to Lionel Messi Ballon d’Or dominance

This day in football history On 1 December 2009, Lionel Messi capped an amazing year by winning the Ballon d’Or. And he did so by a record margin of votes. Created by France Football magazine in 1956 and voted on by a panel of sports journalists from around the world, the Ballon d’Or was originally given …