The globally famous World Soccer magazine yesterday evening handed out their 2012 awards, a tradition that began 30 years ago. This year the scoring system had a fresh dimension as votes from both readers and independent experts were weighted exactly 50/50. With a combined percentage of 47.33% Lionel Messi was the clear winner of the 2012 Player of the Year, beating Cristiano Ronaldo (19.01%) and Andres Iniesta (9.77%) by significant margins. Reported Barça target Neymar finished 6th with 3.6% while club legend Xavi Hernandez earned 1.78%. The website also displays a breakdown of the voting. 40.13% of readers voted for Messi while 54.54% of experts wrote down his name. This is Lionel Messi’s 3rd time claim to the award (2009 and 2011), making him only the second player ever, along with the original Ronaldo, to be bestowed the honor thrice. The magazine also named winners in the categories of Team and Manager.
FC Barcelona however did not crack the win in the Team award. They earned only 3.63% of the total votes as Spain came out clear winners with a total aggregate of 47.36%. Less than 1.78% of readers voted for Barça and experts voted more in their favor with 7.27%. In truth, Barça did not have a meaningful shout for 2012 and Spain, with it’s blaugrana core, deserved the honor.
Vicente del Bosque was the heavy victor in the Manger of the Year category with 35.45% of the total votes. Pep Guardiola finished tied (with Diego Simeone) 6th overall with 5.45%.
Another well deserve trinket for Leo!