Cristiano Ronaldo thanked his team-mates, Club President, family, girl-friend & Eusebio who recently passed away. The critics which will be many may bring up that Ronaldo did not have words for the other candidates Messi & Ribery, however I am sure that the emotion was too much & he accidently placed those wanted words onto a secondary phase.
This Award & winner will have its post-Gala controversy. Many will say that the winner was known days - weeks back ( see post ), others will comment that Franck Ribery deserved the Award, but the Frenchman came in third behind Lionel Messi who was second. Here are the final points % breakdown:
Cristiano Ronaldo 27,99%
Lionel Messi 24,72%
Franck Ribery 23,36%
FIFA pre-Gala in the press conference emphasized that the extension of the voting had no effect on the final results. Here are all the voting numbers from around the World ( see voting ). Either way, History will show year 2013 with the name Cristiano Ronaldo
German ex-Bayern Munich Coach Jupp Heynckes won as expected the FIFA Best Coach 2013 Award.
The FIFPro-FIFA Best World XI 2013 was:
Neuer; Alves, Ramos, Thiago Silva, Lahm; Xavi, Iniesta, Ribery; Messi, Ibrahimovic & Cristiano Ronaldo,
with Spanish Football & Spanish Liga being the most represented.
The other winners were:
- Best Female World Footballer 2013 - Nadine Angerer (Germany)
- Honorific FIFA-France Football Award - Pele
- Puskus Award - Best Goal - Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden)
- Best Female Coach - Silvia Neid (Germany)
- Fair Play - Afghanistan Football Federation
Congratulations to Cristiano Ronaldo & all the other winners from Spanish Football Sports Blog.