Lionel Messi is 5?7? tall; his nickname is ?The Flea?? Rosario was also the birthplace of Che Guevara? Lionel Messi scored a famous solo goal for FC Barcelona against Getafe CF on 18 April 2007. He took the ball just inside the half line and sprinted past five defenders and the goalie before booting the ball home from a sharp angle. The goal is often compared to Diego Maradona?s dashing solo ?goal of the century? vs. England in the 1986 World Cup? Lionel Messi won the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 2009; the award then was renamed the FIFA Ballon d?Or award in 2010, after the award was merged with the historic Ballon d?Or (Golden Ball) given yearly by the magazine France Football since 1956. Messi was the first winner of the new combined award? Only one other player has won the Ballon d?Or three times in a row: Michel Plantini of France from 1983-85.
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