Messi dismisses talk of Barcelona Ballon d`Or rift

Lionel Messi on Thursday dismissed talk that defeating his Barcelona teammates Andres Iniesta and Xavi in the race for the Ballon d`Or had strained his relationship with the Spanish pair.

Messi celebrates Ballon d`Or with Cup hat-trick

Lionel Messi celebrated a second successive World Player of the Year award with a hat-trick as Barcelona thrashed second division Real Betis 5-0 in a King`s Cup quarter-final first leg on Wednesday.

Factbox: Ballon d`Or winner Lionel Messi

Factbox on Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi who won the Ballon d`Or (European Footballer of the Year) trophy.

Barcelona`s Messi wins Ballon D`Or

Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi was awarded the 2009 Ballon D`Or.