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CRISTIAN RONALDO WINS FIFA GOLDEN BALL 2014

Real Madrid CF & Portuguese International Cristiano Ronaldo has been voted & proclaimed the "FIFA France Football Golden Ball 2014" winner (37,66%  of the votes), ahead of FC Barcelona player Lionel Messi (15,76%) & Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer (15,72%). The full voting list can be examined in this link, after FIFA has made it publicly available.

Cristiano Ronaldo 2014 FIFA Golden Ball winner

The Real Madrid player was the hot favourite & was Awarded for an exceptional year with titles that included Champions League, Spanish Cup, European Golden Boot, Champions League goalscoring record in a season, apart from UEFA Supercup & FIFA World Clubs. It the third Golden Ball for Cristiano Ronaldo, who said in his acceptance speech that this motivates him further to attempt to equalise Messi for a 4th Golden Ball. The player ended with his "war-cry" - UHHHHH - which surprised the audience & perhaps blemished his up to that point educated decorum & composure. 

FIFA FIFpro World XI 2014

The FIFPro World XI was:

Neuer; Ramos, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Lahm; Kroos, Iniesta; Di Maria; Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi & Robben

Two Spanish Nationals - Ramos & Iniesta - with Spanish Club representation.

Real Madrid & Colombian International James Rodriguez won the "Puskas Award" for Goal of the Year, while Spanish Club Coaches Carlo Ancelotti (Real Madrid) & Diego Simeone (At.Madrid) were tipped by "Coach of the Year" wiinner the German Low.

The battle for next years Golden Ball is already underway.

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