Lionel Messi's golden era is still ongoing. Inexhaustible 24-year-old players continue to receive the award personally.
Updated, Messi was named the Best Athlete of Argentina 2011 and deserve the Golden Ball. Barcelona's striker beat 134 other athletes who cultivate various branches of sport.
For the category of football, Messi also get the Silver Ball as a sign of Argentina's best player in football branch. Messi beat Gonzalo Higuain and Sergio Aguero.
This is the first degree earned a football player since Carlos Tevez gain in 2004. At that time, Tevez and Manu Ginobili basketball athletes together selected as the best.