SPANISH FOOTBALL | SPORTS: FIFA GOLDEN BALL 2011 WINNER LIONEL MESSI | GUARDIOLA BEST COACH

FIFA GOLDEN BALL 2011 WINNER LIONEL MESSI | GUARDIOLA BEST COACH

FIFA handed tonight the 2011 GOLDEN BALL ( BALON D´OR) AWARD - the Best Player in World Football - to FC BARCELONA player LIONEL MESSI. Its his third straight Golden Ball & puts the 24 year old Argentine in the elite class of 3 x winners like Platini, Van Basten & Cruyff. 


The second place was given to REAL MADRID player CRISTIANO RONALDO & third to FC BARCELONA player XAVI HERNANDEZ.

FIFA also made public the "IDEAL 11 WORLD TEAM" with 5 FC BARCELONA & 4 REAL MADRID PLAYERS...as listed below:

Iker Casillas; Dani Alves, Gerard Piqué, Sergio Ramos, Vidic; Iniesta, Xabi Alonso, Xavi Hernández; Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo & Rooney.

Here is the full list of the "GB" voting:
Messi 47,88%
Cristiano 21,60
Xavi 9,23
Iniesta 6,01
Rooney 2,31
Luis Suárez 1,48
Forlan 1,43
Etoo 1,34
Casillas 1,29
Neymar 1,12
Özil 0,76
Sneijder 0,72
Müller 0,64
Villa 0,53
Schweinsteiger 0,50
Xabi Alonso 0,48
Agüero 0,48
Abidal 0,36
Benzema 0,34
Alves 0,34
Fábregas 0,29
Nani 0,26
Piqué 0,22


FIFA WORLD FOOTBALL
Lionel Messi

In the "BEST COACH" for 2011 catagory, FC BARCELONA Coach JOSEP GUARDIOLA was voted as the winner, ahead of Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson & with third place going to Real Madrid Coach José Mourinho.



FIFA WORLD FOOTBALL
Pep Guardiola

Full list of votes for the "Best Coach":
Guardiola 41,92%
Ferguson 15,61
Mourinho 12,43
Del Bosque 9,12
Tabárez 7,47
Lw 4,40
Villas-Boas 4,16
Wenger 1,91
Klopp 1,54
Rudi García 0,89


There was an element of pure Marketing - there had to be - as Brazilian NEYMAR was Awarded the "Best Goal of the Season" (Puskas Award). One can debate the true merits as the Wayne Rooney overhead "screamer" could be considered as better. Anyway, some multinational sportswear had to get their value from all this as well. 

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