The forward Lionel Messi was awarded the Olimpia de Oro award for the first time in his career.
Messi wins the award for best athlete 2011La Argentine ceremony organized by the Sports Journalists Circle, which gives the awards, held at the headquarters of the Golf Club of the locality of Pilar, about 60 kilometers from the capital country. To compete for the Olimpia de Oro, the Barcelona star, 23, had won the Silver just before winning in a triad of "outside football" strikers Gonzalo Higuain, Real Madrid, Sergio 'Kun 'Agüero, Manchester City, his companions in the Argentina.
El Círculo de Periodistas Deportivos had awarded the Olimpia de Oro 2010 at the player selection field hockey Argentina Luciana Aymar, the great figure of 'The Lioness'. Messi just closed a brilliant 2011, which was crowned with five titles with Barcelona, the last on the recent Club World Cup in Japan and 59 goals in 70 games, four of them in the selection Albiceleste. At the ceremony were also awarded Olimpia de Plata, among others, Juan Roman Riquelme (football), Luis Scola (basketball) and Facundo Conte (volleyball). (via SPORT)