Abby Wambach won the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year 2012 award (the best women’s soccer player award). Wambach is a 32-year old American who plays for the USA Women’s National Team.
Lionel Messi, a 25-year old from Argentina, was awarded the FIFA Ballon d’Or 2012 (the best soccer men’s player award). Messi won it the last three years also. Messi plays for FC Barcelona, a football club based in Barcelona, Spain, and for the Argentinian National Team. Messi was born in Argentina, and played football for a local youth team. He had a medical issue with growth, and moved to Barcelona at the age of 13, since the football club there agreed to pay for his medical treatment. In December, Messi set a world record for “most goals scored in a calendar year”. His total goal score for 2012 was 91.
Image Credits: Ampatent for Wambach’s image; Christopher Johnson for Messi’s image