Tue, December 22, 2009
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Marta, Messi awarded FIFA World Players of the Year

2009-12-22 00:41:47 GMT2009-12-22 08:41:47 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Marta of Brazil shows her trophy after receiving the FIFA Women's World Player of the Year 2009 soccer award during a ceremony in Zurich December 21, 2009. (Reuters Photo)

Lionel Messi of Argentina shows his trophy after receiving the FIFA Men's World Player of the Year 2009 soccer award during a ceremony in Zurich December 21, 2009. (Reuters Photo)

Marta of Brazil (L) and Lionel Messi of Argentina pose after the FIFA World Player of the Year 2009 soccer award ceremony in Zurich December 21, 2009. Messi became the first Argentine to win the FIFA World Player of the Year award on Monday. (Reuters Photo)

UEFA President Michel Platini (L) and FIFA President Sepp Blatter (R) applaud Lionel Messi of Argentina as he holds his trophy of the FIFA Men's World Player of the Year 2009 soccer award during a ceremony in Zurich December 21, 2009. Lionel Messi became the first Argentine to win the FIFA World Player of the Year award on Monday. (Reuters Photo)

FIFA President Sepp Blatter (R) kisses Marta of Brazil after she received the FIFA Women's World Player of the Year 2009 soccer award during a ceremony in Zurich December 21, 2009. (Reuters Photo)

Marta of Brazil and Lionel Messi of Argentina pose after the FIFA World Player of the Year 2009 soccer award ceremony in Zurich December 21, 2009. Messi became the first Argentine to win the FIFA World Player of the Year award on Monday.

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