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Messi winner caps Barca's fairytale year.

Summary: Lionel Messi struck an extra-time winner as Barcelona beat Estudiantes to win the Club World Cup.

Lionel Messi struck an extra-time winner as Barcelona fought back from the brink against Estudiantes to win the Club World Cup and complete an incredible year with a sixth piece of silverware.

Barca's hopes of adding a maiden Club World Cup crown to their Primera Division, Champions League, Copa del Rey and European and Spanish Super Cup titles looked to have been crushed as Argentinians Estudiantes led heading into the final minutes thanks to Mauro Boselli's 37th-minute header in Abu Dhabi.

But Barca substitute Pedro Rodriguez, fresh from his record-breaking goal in the semi-finals against Atlante, drew Barca level in the 89th minute with another header before Messi popped up in the 110th minute to chest home the winner and ensure Pep Guardiola's side of a perfect ending to a fairytale year.

Messi's winner could hardly be more fitting, as the Argentina superstar is favourite to be named the FIFA World Player of the Year on Monday night to go with his Ballon d'Or success earlier this month.

Barca needed to do it the hard the way, though, fighting back from a deficit for the second successive game in the Club World Cup.

Against Atlante in the semis, Barca found themselves trailing after just four minutes and they almost suffered a similar fate today, Enzo Perez only just failing to get on the end of Juan Sebastian Veron's through-ball in the fifth minute.

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Date:Dec 19, 2009
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