No surprises as Leo Messi lifted his fourth Ballon d’Or in Zurich tonight after polling 41.60% of the votes, ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo on 23.68% and Andrés Iniesta on 10.91%. Barça were the best represented team along with Real Madrid in the Fifpro World XI with Dani Alves, Gerard Piqué, Xavi Hernandez, Iniesta and Messi making the team. Vicente Del Bosque was voted coach of the year ahead of José Mourinho and Pep Guardiola.
Sporting a snazzy spotted jacket and bow tie Messi received his award before saying, “To tell you the truth this is really quite unbelieavable. The fourth award that I have had is just too great for words. I would like to recognise my other colleagues from Barcelona: Iniesta it has been great to train and play alongside you. I would also like to recognise all of my friends in the Argentinian national team. Everyone that has worked with me coaches and staff and my family and my friends. And finally to my wife and my son. Thank you.” When he finished his speech those in attendance rose to give him a standing ovation.
Here’s the full Fifa/FIFPro World XI:
Defenders: Alves, Piqué, Ramos, Marcelo
Midfielders: Xabi Alonso, Xavi, Iniesta
Forwards: Messi, Falcao, Ronaldo