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Gilded Messi takes his seat in pantheon of greats

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Lionel Messi's record fourth consecutive Ballon d'Or win Monday was as expected as it was justified after an incredible year saw him break German legend Gerd Mueller's 40-year-old record for the most goals in a calendar year. 

FIFA Ballon d'Or award winner Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi holds the trophy during the FIFA Ballon d'Or awards ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 7, 2013.

And yet despite this latest accolade the 25-year-old from Rosario, who ended 2012 with an astonishing 91 goals in all competitions, indicated even before picking up the trophy that his own summary of the year was 'must do better' after Barcelona allowed Real Madrid to win La Liga and also missed out in Europe.

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