Lionel Messi became the first player to score five goals in a UEFA Champions League match as FC Barcelona won 7-1 against Bayer 04 Leverkusen in the second leg of their round of 16 tie.
• FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi attracts almost half the votes as he receives the FIFA Ballon d'Or.
• The Arab Spring, a revolutionary wave of demonstrations and protests, sweeps the Arab world.
• Northern Ireland duo Rory McIlroy (22) and Darren Clarke (42) seal back-to-back wins in golf's majors.
• A 9.1-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami hits eastern Japan, killing 15,840.