Cristiano Ronaldo wins FIFA’s Ballon d’Or
Cristiano RonaldoÃ‚Â has won FIFA’s Ballon d’Or award for the first time, beatingÃ‚Â Lionel MessiÃ‚Â andÃ‚Â Franck RiberyÃ‚Â to the coveted individual prize.
The 28-year-oldÃ‚Â Real MadridÃ‚Â forward was revealed as the winner at a glitzy ceremony in Zurich this evening and cried on stage when making his acceptance speech.
Portuguese international Ronaldo previously won the FIFA World Player of the Year prize in 2008 while at Manchester United, but sinceÃ‚Â France Football‘s Ballon d’Or and the FIFA World Player of the Year were merged in 2010, he finished second to Messi in the last two years.
FIFA also announced its FIFPro World XI and it included fourÃ‚Â BarcelonaÃ‚Â players, threeÃ‚Â Bayern Munichplayers, two from Madrid and two fromÃ‚Â Paris Saint-Germain.
Former Bayern Munich bossÃ‚Â Jupp HeynckesÃ‚Â was named as Coach of the Year while the Puskas Award for best goal went to Sweden’sÃ‚Â Zlatan IbrahimovicÃ‚Â for his long-range overhead kick against England.
The Women’s World Player of the Year award went to German goalkeeperÃ‚Â Nadine Angerer.
Ballon d’Or:Ã‚Â Cristiano Ronaldo
FIFPro World XI:Ã‚Â Neuer; Alves,Ã‚Â Thiago Silva, Ramos, Lahm;Ã‚Â Xavi, Iniesta, Ribery; Ronaldo, Messi, Ibrahimovic
Coach of the Year:Ã‚Â Jupp Heynckes
Puskas Award:Ã‚Â Zlatan Ibrahimovic
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