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World's top 10 sports news in 2012

Updated: 2013-01-07 15:47
( Xinhua)

Following are the world's top sports news stories in 2012 selected by Xinhua News Agency:

- Lionel Messi won the 2011 FIFA Ballon d'Or, the prestigious award for the world's outstanding footballer, for the third straight time on Jan 9.

He also made history on Dec 9 when he scored his 85th and 86th goals of 2012 to set a new record for the number of goals scored in a calendar year. The Argentine striker's total scores of this year have piled to 91 goals after last week's Primera Liga.

World's top 10 sports news in 2012

Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates a goal against Espanyol during their Spanish First division soccer league match at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Jan 6, 2013. [Photo/Agencies]

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