The prestigious Football Magazine, "World Soccer" has released its list of "Best Football Player 2013", "Best Coach 2013" & "Best Football - Soccer Club 2013". The voting comes in from all their journalists around the World & gives the  Real Madrid & Portuguese International Cristiano Ronaldo the Award as the "Best Football Player of 2013" ahead of FC Barcelona player Lionel Messi & Bayern Munich player Franck Ribery.  The "Best Coach" goes to Jupp Heynckes who steered Bayern Munich to German Liga, Cup & Champions League League titles last season, while the "Best Club" goes to Bayern Munich with Spanish Football Club Atletico de Madrid in 2ยบ place. Below are the full lists:

Spanish Football 2013

Best Player 2013 by World Soccer

1 Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid & Portugal) 1075 pts
2 Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona & Argentina) 926
3 Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich & France) 870
4 Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain & Sweden) 658
5 Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich & Holland) 324
6 Neymar (Santos/Barcelona & Brazil) 286
7 Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich & Germany) 255
8 Robin Van Persie (Manchester United & Holland) 251
9 Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund & Poland) 250
10 Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur/Real Madrid & Wales) 187
11 Radamel Falcao (Atletico Madrid/Monaco & Colombia) 158
12 Andres Iniesta (Barcelona & Spain) 157
13 Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich & Germany) 123
14 Luis Suarez (Liverpool & Uruguay) 101
15 Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich & Germany) 100
16 Andrea Pirlo (Juventus & Italy) 94
17 Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich & Germany) 86
18 Mesut Ozil (Real Madrid/Arsenal & Germany) 78
19 Edinson Cavani (Napoli/Paris Saint-Germain & Uruguay) 65
20 Sergio Aguero (Manchester City & Argentina) 48
30 Ronaldinho (Atletico Mineiro & Brazil) 12
40 Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid & Brazil/Spain) 8

Best Trainer/Coach

1 Jupp Heynckes (Bayern Munich) 86
2 Jurgen Klopp (Borussia Dortmund) 15
3 Diego Simeone (Atletico Madrid) 5
4 Alex Ferguson (Manchester United) 4
5 Vicente Del Bosque (Spain) 2
Pep Guardiola (Bayern Munich) 2
Marcello Lippi (Guangzhou Evergrande) 2

8 Carlos Ancelotti (Paris Saint-Germain/Real Madrid) 1
Antonio Conte (Juventus) 1
Lars Lagerback (Iceland) 1
Safet Susic (Bosnia-Herzegovina) 1
Oscar Tabarez (Uruguay) 1
Arsene Wenger (Arsenal) 1

Best Team

1 Bayern Munich 118
2 Atletico de Madrid 1
Borussia Dortmund 1
Bosnia-Herzegovina 1
Germany 1

The fact that the "Best Player Award" goes to Cristiano Ronaldo is significant & worth highlighting. The winner of the "World Soccer" Prize usually ends up winning the "FIFA-France Football Golden Ball". The announcement today coincides with another that Real Madrid Player Cristiano Ronaldo will finally attend the FIFA Golden Ball ceremony. This was not clear at all previously after FIFA President blatter did his "impersonation" party gag of "Ronaldo the Commander" & favoured publically Lionel Messi. The inner circle of Ronaldo had suggested that the Real Madrid player would not attend the FIFA Golden Ball ceremony. Things look different today. 

Although one can never put ones hand in the fire in reference to Football issues, the World Soccer Award to Cristiano Ronaldo is a huge boost to his candidacy & the betting houses will now have the Real Madrid star as the hot favourite to win the 2013 FIFA-France Football Golden Ball. Stay tuned!

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