2:22 pm - 01/13/2014

Cristiano Ronaldo, Angerer, Heynckes and Neid triumph at FIFA Ballon d’Or 2013

Cristiano Ronaldo has been named the best player in the world for the second time after 2008 by carrying off the FIFA Ballon d’Or award, while German goalkeeper Nadine Angerer has claimed her first women’s prize. Jupp Heynckes, the former coach of Bayern Munich, and Germany’s women’s national team coach Silvia Neid have taken home the FIFA World Coach of the Year awards for men’s and women’s football respectively. The award winners, who were voted for by national team coaches and captains as well as by the international media representatives selected by FIFA and French football magazine France Football, were announced at the FIFA Ballon d’Or ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich today (13 January 2014). The entire voting process was supervised and monitored by PricewaterhouseCoopers Switzerland (PwC).

The 90-minute show marked an emphatic start to 2014 when the focus – as it was during today’s event – will be on Brazil, with the FIFA World Cup™ kicking off there in six months’ time. Brazilian TV star Fernanda Lima and former Netherlands international Ruud Gullit guided the 1,100 guests and TV spectators in more than 180 countries through the show, which featured, amongst others, icons of Brazil’s record five World Cup-winning teams, namely Pelé (1958, 1962 and 1970), Amarildo (1962), Carlos Alberto (1970), Bebeto (1994), Cafu (1994 and 2002) and Ronaldo (1994 and 2002) as well as current superstar Neymar, who in July will be hoping to help secure the Seleçao’s sixth but more importantly first FIFA World Cup title on home soil. Brazilian supermodel Adriana Lima and Swiss-Brazilian rhythm & soul singer Marc Sway provided an additional glimpse of what fans can expect in Brazil 150 days from now.

The evening paid tribute to the best football in 2013. FIFPro, the world players’ union, invited 52,000 professional players from all over the world to select their team of the year – the FIFA FIFPro World XI. The honours went to the following all-star team: Manuel Neuer (Germany) in goal; Dani Alves (Brazil), Philipp Lahm (Germany), Sergio Ramos (Spain) and Thiago Silva (Brazil) in defence; Andrés Iniesta (Spain), Franck Ribéry (France) and Xavi (Spain) in midfield; and Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Zlatan Ibrahimović (Sweden) and Lionel Messi (Argentina) up front.

The FIFA Puskás Award for the “most beautiful goal” of the year as voted for on FIFA.com, FIFA on YouTube and francefootball.fr by football fans from all over the world was also presented. This prize, created in 2009 in honour and in memory of Ferenc Puskás, the captain and star of the Hungarian national team during the 1950s, went to Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimović, who scored an audacious, acrobatic long-range bicycle kick for Sweden in a friendly match against England on 13 November 2012. Ibrahimović received 48.7 %of the votes, ahead of Nemanja Matić (30.8 %) and Neymar (20.5%).

During the show, recognition was also given to those who have contributed to the game on or off the pitch. Former IOC President Jacques Rogge received the FIFA Presidential Award from President Joseph S. Blatter in recognition of his tireless work to defend the integrity of international sport. Rogge excelled with his refreshing, intelligent and humble approach to leadership and he put the Olympic movement back on to a safe and steady path for the future. Furthermore, Brazil’s king of football, Pelé, was awarded the FIFA Ballon d’Or Prix d’Honneur for his lifetime achievements.

The FIFA Fair Play Award was given to the Afghanistan Football Federation for upholding the spirit of courage and solidarity against all odds through the after-effects of war, disorder and conflict. Although the country has been ravaged by violence and war in recent times, the Afghanistan Football Federation has continued to build a footballing infrastructure, and has also developed grassroots football and opened up the game to a larger audience, including women and families.

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icangoforthat 13th-Jan-2014 07:37 pm (UTC)
lol dead at this pic. Ibra is judging him so hard.
zlatanwhy 13th-Jan-2014 07:38 pm (UTC)
satellite__eyes 13th-Jan-2014 07:38 pm (UTC)
Better than last year's polka dots but still ugh...
biene 13th-Jan-2014 07:39 pm (UTC)
seriously what the fuck was Messi thinking when he picked that suit?
hypermuseic9 13th-Jan-2014 07:46 pm (UTC)
lol one of these is not like the others
rlmoonyk 13th-Jan-2014 07:48 pm (UTC)
looks like the fellowship of the rings w/ the hobbits in front
tobesurrounded 13th-Jan-2014 08:03 pm (UTC)
lmao it totally does
xliquidskiesx 13th-Jan-2014 07:50 pm (UTC)
loooool ibra is so judging him
paarycia 13th-Jan-2014 07:57 pm (UTC)
Leo wears the worst suits, he's a tacky little guy lol.
punkylana 13th-Jan-2014 08:36 pm (UTC)
lmao messi
rarkon 13th-Jan-2014 09:09 pm (UTC)
i love this shade:

(translation: "We haven't signed Messi as one of our delivery boys")
klossier 13th-Jan-2014 10:06 pm (UTC)
effingusernames 14th-Jan-2014 05:04 am (UTC)
Guys let's not even pretend you don't enjoy seeing what new, crazy-looking suit Messi will wear each year.
runandtelldat 14th-Jan-2014 07:05 am (UTC)
Ibra truly lights up my life. lol
satellite__eyes 13th-Jan-2014 07:37 pm (UTC)

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(totes cried at my desk when pele picked up bb cris with the ballon d'or)
humbug 13th-Jan-2014 07:43 pm (UTC)
pele in general made me cry
rarkon 13th-Jan-2014 07:44 pm (UTC)
Pele is such a smug bitch.

I got so many trophies and prizes but I was jealous of all of those guys who got the Ballon d'Or, which I couldn't get because I didn't play in Europe. Now I thank God that I can complete my trophies at home

satellite__eyes 13th-Jan-2014 07:45 pm (UTC)
for real. so happy he's still around.
effingusernames 14th-Jan-2014 05:05 am (UTC)
he has that effect on people, particularly when he predicts victories for your favourite team/player..
notoriousreign 13th-Jan-2014 08:08 pm (UTC)
He's my boo~
zparklemotion 13th-Jan-2014 08:45 pm (UTC)
gonexforgotten 13th-Jan-2014 11:11 pm (UTC)
I'm so happy for him!
smnp boo,i posted this a few minutes ago13th-Jan-2014 07:38 pm (UTC)
either way great post;-)
estou mesmo muito feliz por ele,way to go Ron Ron!
biene 13th-Jan-2014 07:38 pm (UTC)
urgh i posted this as well!
readmymiind 13th-Jan-2014 07:47 pm (UTC)
beautiful <33333
rarkon 13th-Jan-2014 07:48 pm (UTC)
punkylana 13th-Jan-2014 08:42 pm (UTC)
chris_chick 13th-Jan-2014 08:46 pm (UTC)
espressotorte 13th-Jan-2014 09:02 pm (UTC)
Suck it haters.
dinosaur 13th-Jan-2014 07:38 pm (UTC)
i'm so happy for cris <3
rarkon 13th-Jan-2014 07:39 pm (UTC)
lol, i just submitted this

so happy for Cristiano, and loling @


humbug 13th-Jan-2014 07:39 pm (UTC)
neymar looked so bad. i was cackling omg
satellite__eyes 13th-Jan-2014 07:40 pm (UTC)
neymar's style is TRAGIC
hadefuldtkind 13th-Jan-2014 07:40 pm (UTC)
fuck neymar ugh
smnp 13th-Jan-2014 07:41 pm (UTC)
zlatanwhy 13th-Jan-2014 07:42 pm (UTC)
i love it tho like i actively look forward to what messi's going to wear, it's like the only way he shows any semblance of personality
nalaa1906 13th-Jan-2014 07:43 pm (UTC)
LOL Neymar
hypermuseic9 13th-Jan-2014 07:48 pm (UTC)
lmfaooo this is so tragic
iamspam99 13th-Jan-2014 07:55 pm (UTC)
Yep, putting the mess into Messi, I see.

And...uh, the ney into Neymar? Yeah,I got nothing.
kaninasan 13th-Jan-2014 08:08 pm (UTC)
lmaooooo neymar looks terrible
fakevoices 13th-Jan-2014 08:36 pm (UTC)
neymar is balding
zkeletonguns 13th-Jan-2014 08:36 pm (UTC)
king messi
punkylana 13th-Jan-2014 08:43 pm (UTC)
what's wrong with messi's face lol

damn neymar, nah son
zparklemotion 13th-Jan-2014 08:46 pm (UTC)
Baller "fashion" is so fucking suspect I can't even
setembro 13th-Jan-2014 09:51 pm (UTC)
lenra 13th-Jan-2014 10:32 pm (UTC)
lol @ me then for thinking Neymar looked cute *shrugs*
gonexforgotten 13th-Jan-2014 11:12 pm (UTC)
lmao Neymar I can't
runandtelldat 14th-Jan-2014 07:07 am (UTC)
I swear Neymar goes out of his way to be tragic. It works for him tho, in that weird Sergio Ramos way.
icangoforthat 13th-Jan-2014 07:39 pm (UTC)
congrats to cristiano.
walker_sarah 13th-Jan-2014 07:39 pm (UTC)
he only won because messi was injured but the voting was still so close
helenadax 13th-Jan-2014 07:41 pm (UTC)
So true.
biene 13th-Jan-2014 07:42 pm (UTC)
talk about being bitter
satellite__eyes 13th-Jan-2014 07:43 pm (UTC)
theyre so transparent. smdh
walker_sarah 13th-Jan-2014 07:43 pm (UTC)
but it's true?
readmymiind 13th-Jan-2014 07:48 pm (UTC)
ikr? cristiano DESERVES it
lovelyluna34 13th-Jan-2014 08:11 pm (UTC)
its not about being bitter, they gave it to him just to give it to him... what did he win
lovelyluna34 13th-Jan-2014 08:12 pm (UTC)
p.s im not saying he is a bad player, and on some level he was going to get one some day im just saying that they gave it to him to shut him up now
satellite__eyes 13th-Jan-2014 07:42 pm (UTC)
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bloolikejazz 13th-Jan-2014 07:53 pm (UTC)
messi was injured, this is neymar's first season in europe, and ribery has sex with underage prostitutes. but congrats on all the hard work cron!
rollthedice23 13th-Jan-2014 08:01 pm (UTC)
ikr, i doubt he cares but it must be a bit awkward to know that you only won because the best player in the world was injured
killerqueen 13th-Jan-2014 08:06 pm (UTC)
kaninasan 13th-Jan-2014 08:10 pm (UTC)
lmfao so?

doesn't change the fact that Cristiano was the best player last year.

also the voting isn't exactly neutral, Messi got so many votes bc football players fangirl him so much.
punkylana 13th-Jan-2014 08:53 pm (UTC)
piratesswoop 13th-Jan-2014 08:54 pm (UTC)
and messi only won on a rule change the year following the world cup, there is no way he was better than sneijder or xavi
goldengal1193 13th-Jan-2014 07:39 pm (UTC)
I was about to make a post but assumed someone already made one. Haha.
humbug 13th-Jan-2014 07:40 pm (UTC)
well deserved. say what you will about the guy on a personal level, but he's a phenomenal player
nileyenaoe 13th-Jan-2014 07:41 pm (UTC)
Yes @ Zlatan winning for that amazing goal.
I liked Ronaldo's acceptance speech and how you could tell how much this actually means to him.
biene 13th-Jan-2014 07:41 pm (UTC)
reasontorhyme 13th-Jan-2014 08:04 pm (UTC)
This child tho

NBD, I'm just chilling with Pele, Leo Messi and this just in my dad is Cristiano Ronaldo. I wonder if Grandma brought my juice box etc etc.
klossier 13th-Jan-2014 10:07 pm (UTC)
damn he's so big now
rarkon 13th-Jan-2014 07:41 pm (UTC)
this clown <3

biene 13th-Jan-2014 07:43 pm (UTC)
you know your outfit is terrible when Sergio Ramos turns up better dressed than you(this is direct at Neymar and Messi)
hypermuseic9 13th-Jan-2014 07:51 pm (UTC)
lol pilar is so gorg. i hope she's ready to pop out a horse
biene 13th-Jan-2014 07:56 pm (UTC)
and what a beautiful horse it will be
paarycia 13th-Jan-2014 08:10 pm (UTC)
I don't get the hate because she's older, the woman is really pretty.
chris_chick 13th-Jan-2014 08:48 pm (UTC)
ia she's stunning imo
nene718 13th-Jan-2014 08:24 pm (UTC)
damn she's gorg
dmclaire 13th-Jan-2014 09:07 pm (UTC)
Pilar is gorgeous!! and I like her dress
mnemo_syne 13th-Jan-2014 09:17 pm (UTC)
her dress is gorgeous, she looks fab
hogthedutchie 14th-Jan-2014 12:02 am (UTC)
da fuck? I didn't he got that trollop pregnant?!
effingusernames 14th-Jan-2014 05:18 am (UTC)
this horse
kawaiiasfuq 13th-Jan-2014 07:41 pm (UTC)
bless messi and his ever expanding collection of hideous suits
spacebound09 13th-Jan-2014 07:42 pm (UTC)
Congratulation. the moment when his mother started crying made me sob a little
Congrat to Zlatan on winning for that goal too
Irina, Anto and Kathrin looked gorgeous
smh Bayern taking 5 trophies and trashing Barca 7-0 yet having less players than players latter in top 11

lol this little essay

Edited at 2014-01-13 07:43 pm (UTC)
kaninasan 13th-Jan-2014 08:14 pm (UTC)
it boggles my mind that Xavi and Iniesta are still voted on the World XI while everyone overlooks Schweinsteiger and Müller.
biene 13th-Jan-2014 08:37 pm (UTC)
seraphitta 21st-Jan-2014 02:26 am (UTC)
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