Even though Lionel Messi broke a 40-year-old record by scoring 90 goals in 2012 and firmly established himself as one of the best to ever play the game of soccer, the Argentinian Association of Sports Journalists wasn't impressed. In fact, they ended up naming the 26-year-old forward the third-best Argentine athlete of 2012. Third-best?! Seriously, who could possibly top Leo?
Here's the breakdown of the top honors from the Associated Press:
Argentine boxer Sergio Martinez was awarded the title of "Olimpia de Oro,'' given to the South American country's top athlete in voting by the Circulo de Periodistas - or association of journalists.
Martinez defeated Mexican boxer Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. earlier this year in their WBC title fight.
Barcelona star Messi, who has had a record-breaking year with 90 goals, didn't even finish second in the voting. That went to Sebastian Crismanich, the taekwondo fighter who won Argentina's only gold medal in the London Olympics. Messi finished third.
Um, OK. Yeah, Martinez won the WBC Middleweight title but Messi broken a record that stood for 40 years! As for Crismanich, we have no rebuttal for the taekwondo fighter. So, we can settle with second-best for Messi.
[via Dirty Tackle]