World`s top international sports stories in 2012

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.