In a tight race, Ronaldo received 1,365 points, Messi had 1,205 and Franck Ribery, the France and Bayern Munich winger, got 1,127. Voting was done by national team captains and coaches, plus selected journalists in each FIFA member country.
Among the nominated coaches, Bayern Munich’s Jupp Heynckes won the coaching award for leading the team to a Champions League, Bundesliga and national cup treble last season before he retired. Heynckes defeated Juergen Klopp of Borussia Dortmund and Alex Ferguson.
The interesting outcome of the Award was also the selection of German women for women football Awards.
Germany’s goalkeeper Nadine Angerer was player of the year ahead of United States forward Abby Wambach, last year’s winner, and Marta of Brazil. Sylvia Neid won the women’s coaching award, beating Sweden’s Pia Sundhage and Ralf Kellermann, who led Wolfsburg to the Champions League title.
Also, during the ceremony, Pele, the legendary retired Brazilian player was awarded with an honorary Ballon d’Or trophy, which he could never get during his career when the original prize created by France Football magazine in 1956 was restricted to European players.
After the ceremony though, Michelle Platini, UEFA President, blasted the final selection at Ballon d’Or that “undermined teamwork and individual’s effort in team’s Championship, such as Ribery winning treble with Bayern Munich, who was not selected”. And he pointed this is the new trend ever since FIFA Player of the Year and France Football Award merged, and mentioned that previous version of Ballon d’Or emphasized more on player’s contribution to team success as opposed to just individual performance”.