*lets out a breath* Firstly, thank God for this wonderful morning and that I was able to get up to see another day. The next thing is, I don’t know how I am going to go about this thread today for the 2013 Ballon d’Or ceremony, but keep your eyes on this thread. I will be watching LIVE but this PC tend to drive me up a wall lately, so we’ll see how far I’m allowed to go.
Meantime, some players have arrived in Zurich, so I’ll see what I can post in a bit. Cristiano Ronaldo is the favorite to win the prestigious award this time around, thanks to Sepp Blatter calling him a commander, him whining, and FIFA reopening votes after he scored a hat trick to take Portugal to the World Cup, through play offs.
German paper, Bild has already printed that Cristiano won, Ribery came 2nd and Leo 3rd.
Franck Ribery reminded us:
“Messi and Ronaldo score many goals, but you shouldn’t just compare goal stats because I have a different style.Ronaldo scored a lot and Messi is still the best, but Ballon d’Or is normally for player who did great with team and individually.“
Ah Franck, you’re my winner this year no matter the outcome.
And let’s hear what the former Spurs boss thinks:
Villas-Boas (ex-Tottenham): “Ballon d’Or? Cristiano played more so he might win, but Messi is the best now and maybe the best ever.” [sic]
You can follow the happenings below, starting from bottom to top.
A PDF copy of votes of the 2nd voting round for the 2013 Ballon d’Or (players, coaches, journalists):
Leo IGed: Going back home
Rosell tweeted: “With the Barça delegation in Zurich”
Adriana Lima (model) tweets: “Hello to #Messi #BallondOr “
Models just love him, eh?
Messi seem quite happy for CR. He even expressed his thoughts:
“I can only congratulate Cristiano, he did great and deserves to win. Also congrats to Ribery, who also did it enough to win.”
“Ronaldo crying on stage? I understand his reaction, it’s normal, with all the emotions…”
And that moment when CR was announced winner:
Leo looks simply happy for CR. Ribery not so much and I expect to hear him voicing his disappointment soon.
And now, the BIG BIG differences:
Yes, if Leo was sad/unhappy about CR winning the trophy, I would have criticized him the same way because sportsmen need to be professional and know how/when to lose.
Final stats for the new Ballon d’Or winner:
This is his 2nd Ballon d’Or. Final votes:
Cristiano Ronaldo: 27,99%
Lionel Messi: 24,72%
Franck Ribéry: 23,36%
Clearly, the Ballon d’Or is ALWAYS going to between Messi and Ronaldo as long as those two play football and rival each other which is a bad thing.
Cristiano Ronaldo is the winner of the 2013 Ballon d”Or. Congrats CR. He accepts the award with tears in his eyes. You can see it means so much to him. He worked hard last year. He really did, but Ribery should have won.
2013 Women’s Ballon d’Or winner is Germany’s goalie, Nadine Angerer. YEEEEAAAHHHH! CONGRATS!
The winner of the first FIFA Ballon d’Or Prix d’Honnour (price of honor) is Pele.
JUST IN: For the World Team of the year 2013, Messi received the most votes (from profesionals all over the world) among the forwards. [via marca]
FIFA Puskás award for the Best Goal of 2013 goes to Ibrahimovic for his incredible overhead kick for Sweden vs England. Congrats man!
Taking a moment to appreciate how F.L.A.W.L.E.S.S. Anto is.
Messi’s suit and regal Anto! Best dressed couple at the ceremony. Leo seems distracted though. His thoughts are elsewhere.
Former Bayern Munich manager, Jupp Heynckes wins the FIFA Coach of the Year for Men’s football. Congrats! Totally deserved.
The FIFA World Coach Women’s Football goes to Silvia Neid. She coaches Germany.
Blatter and Cristiano attempting to shake hands earlier. Blatter probably wants to ask, ‘Have you forgiven me?’
The winner of the 2013 FIFA Presidential Award; Dr.Jacques Rogge.
Here’s the official team of the year:
So that’s 2 Ligue 1 players, 3 from Bundesliga & 6 from La Liga. 0 from Serie A & EPL.
World Team of the year 2013: Neuer – Alves Ramos ThiagoSilva Lahm – Iniesta Xavi Ribery – Messi Ibrahimovic Ronaldo
Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid); Zlatan (Paris Saint-Germain); Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona)
Midfielders: Andres Iniesta (FC Barcelona), Xavi (FC Barcelona), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich)
Defenders: Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain), Dani Alves (FC Barcelona)
Goalkeeper: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)
Zlatan and Alves
Ronaldo and girlfriend and mini him
Leo and Anto on their way to the ceremony. They look adorable!
Ah hem. Gentlemen.
Alves, Leo, Neymar and Xavi ready for the gala. Oh Leo, you’re like Dr. Spencer Reid. Normal doesn’t do it for you two. I LOVE THE SUIT!
Red carpet ceremony will start in a bit. Meantime, here’s the leaked team of the year: Neuer, Alves, Silva, Ramos, Lahm, Ribery, Xavi, Iniesta, Ronaldo, Ibrahimovic, Messi.
Word around the net street, this is Leo’s suit for tonight’s ceremony:
Came from Leo’s Facebook a/c. He posted: “Getting ready for the gala.”
Hmmm. I was expecting something more daring/outlandish, given the polka dot suit last time and … oh well, it’s nice.
This leaked cover of France Football for tomorrow states: Cristiano Ronaldo wins the Ballon d’Or
No wait, there’s 3 versions waiting for the printer:
I just had to share this beautiful infographic via WhoScored.com!
Gathering for the red carpet event
Ribery and Leo having a moment 🙂
Messi: “Advice to young players? First, they should have fun, football is a great sport. Besides, they need to work hard and have some luck”
Messi: “I of course hope I can win another Ballon d’Or, but to be here, among the finalists, is already a trophy and a joy.”
Cristiano: “I’m happy to be here because if I’m here that means I’m one of the best.”
Cristiano: “Obviously playing in a time with Messi and Ribery made me a better player. We respect each other and learn off of each other. It’s a pride to play against Messi and Ribery, it’s an honor. Obviously we all work hard for our clubs and NT.”
Ribery: “Win or not, I will continue being happy. Its a pleasure to be among the finalists along with Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi.”
Ribery has admitted to voting for Leo. We all know he thinks Leo is the best:
“Who’d I vote for? I have said it many times that the number one is Lionel Messi, the best player in the world.”
That look! LoL!
One last look at stats for the finalists:
Live stream: Press conference nominees for Coach and Player of the Year:
Leo and his mama
Photo set brought to you by Side Foot Finish
Anto! Gosh, she’s so beautiful!
Leo in Zurich. Leo says, “If I don’t win the Ballon d’Or, it won’t be the end of the world.”
The stage for the ceremony is set
Zidane in Zurich
Real Madrid official site posted a bunch of pics of Cristiano arriving in Zurich. This photo set is brought to you by @Realmadridplace
Sergio Ramos, girlfriend, Pilar and agent brother, Rene has arrived in Zurich.
(From L to R) Alves, Xavi, Messi and Neymar on their way to Zurich for the ceremony. I can’t wait to see what daring suit Messi will wear this time around.