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FC Barcelona News: 13 January 2015; Lionel Messi Finishes Second in Ballon d'Or voting, Joins Andres Iniesta in FIFPro Team of the Year

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Messi narrowly misses out on fifth Ballon d'Or | FC Barcelona
It was so near but so far for Leo Messi at the Ballon d’Or Gala on Monday at the Kongresshaus in Zurich. The Argentinian has been named world player of the year on four occasions (2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012), but a fifth honour has eluded him after the trophy was presented for the second year in a row to Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid.

FIFA Ballon d'Or 2014 voting details | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona’s Leo Messi came second in this year’s voting for the FIFA Ballon d’Or 2014 with 15.76% of the votes, topped only by Cristiano Ronaldo, who took the award with 37.66%. Third place went to Manuel Neuer (15.72%), while another Barça player Neymar Jr, came seventh with 2.21%.

Leo Messi happy to be in the top three again | FC Barcelona
Manuel Neuer, Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi have appeared in the traditional press conference for the three candidates for the top prize at the FIFA Ballon d’Or ceremony on Monday. "My ambitions for this year are the same as any other" said the Barça striker. "Which are to win everything we’re playing for. We know it’ll be difficult, but we’ll fight hard to win titles".

Leo Messi and Andrés Iniesta in FIFA FIFPro team of the year | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi and Andrés Iniesta have both been included in the 2014 FIFPro team of the year, the outcome of votes cast by more than 60,000 professional footballers from all around the world. Messi has now been included in the XI for the past eight years (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014) while this is the sixth appearance for Iniesta (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014).

Seventh time lucky for FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona had not beaten Atlético Madrid in six matches, their last win coming on 12 May 2013 when they won 2-1 in the Vicente Calderón. The last six meetings, all last season, had ended with five draws and a defeat for the blaugranes.

Atletico Madrid star Arda Turan denies voting Jose Mourinho top coach for Ballon d'Or - ESPN FC
Atletico Madrid and Turkey midfielder Arda Turan says he voted for his club boss Diego Simeone to win the World Coach of the Year award and not Chelsea's Jose Mourinho, as FIFA had announced. Simeone had been favoured by many to take the prize for his achievement in guiding financially troubled Atletico past giants Real Madrid and Barcelona to the 2013-14 La Liga title, as well as taking the team to the Champions League final.

Fifa Ballon d'Or: James scoops up FIFA Puskas Award ahead of Stephanie Roche and Robin van Persie -
James Rodriguez has won the FIFA Puskas Award following his wondergoal in Colombia's World Cup win over Uruguay, finishing ahead of Stephanie Roche and Netherlands international Robin van Persie. The Real Madrid star enjoyed a sublime World Cup, with one of his tournament highlights a stunning turn and volley that set Colombia on their way to a 2-0 round-of-16 win over Uruguay.

Diego Simeone has 'no intention' of letting Mario Suarez leave Atletico Madrid - ESPN FC
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone says his club have "no intention" of letting reported Arsenal, Napoli and Inter Milan target Mario Suarez leave this January. Suarez, 27, has been a key squad member at Atletico through their recent successes, without ever being able to oust regulars Gabi and Tiago for a regular starting spot in the first-team.

Transfer news: Aston Villa put back Carles Gil press conference | Football News | Sky Sports
Representatives for the 22-year-old midfielder have reportedly increased their demands as the deal to bring him to the Premier League was close to being finalised. Gil flew into Birmingham on Monday to put pen to paper on a five-year contract, with Villa due to hold a press conference at 1pm at their Bodymoor Heath training ground.

Away-day joy for Cordoba as they beat Rayo Vallecano | Sky Sports Football
The promoted club failed to win any of their first 13 games in La Liga but Monday night's triumph at Vallecas was a third in five outings and boosts Cordoba above Deportivo La Coruna, Almeria and Levante. Rayo, meanwhile, remain in 11th place having missed the opportunity to move into the top half.

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