Lionel Messi scores his first goal of 2013

Pedro soon netted a double before Lionel Messi converted a penalty after Cesc Fabregas was brought down in the area. Their star, Argentina forward Leo Messi has finished 2012 with an astonishing 91 goals in all competitions and is now poised to become the first player to win four successive FIFA Ballon d’Or awards, sealing his status as the greatest player of his generation. The excitement was all in Barcelonas favor as the Catalan giants dominated the game with an emphatic 4-0 victory over the neighbor at Camp Nou. Lionel Messi 2013: Barcelona star answers critics with winners against AC Milan (Photos)

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Lionel Messi scored his first goal of 2013 as FC Barcelona played host to their crosstown rivals Espanyol in a thrilling derby match in the Spanish league on Sunday. The thrashing began with Xavis opening goal after just 10 minutes. This success brings Barcelona 17th win of the season and moves the club 12 points clear at the top of the table. It will crown another landmark year for the 25-year-old footballer if he can win over club teammate Andres Iniesta and rival Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid.

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Lionel Messi wins prestigious Ballon dOr award for 4th year in a row

Lionel Messi is the overwhelming favourite to see off the challenge of Barcelona teammate Andres Iniesta and great Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo for FIFA Ballon d’Or award in Kongresshaus, Zurich on on January 7, 2013.

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A fourth straight title would lift the Camp Nou star above FIFA World Player of the Year three-time winners Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldo of Brazil.

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Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona celebrates after scoring his team’s fourth goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and RCD Espanyol at Camp Nou on January 6, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.

The Argentine, who is the top scorer in La Liga this season with 25 goals, has also broken German great Gerd Mueller’s 40-year record for the most goals in a calendar year.

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