As FIFA has announced the winners list of FIFA Ballon d'Or, Puskas Award, Coach of the Year, and FIFA/FIFPro World XI, we bring to you in details about all the categories. Have a look.
FIFA Ballon d'Or
For the second time in a row and third time overall, Portugal and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned as the best player on the planet. He had an incredible season that included the UEFA Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup for Real Madrid.
Cristiano became the first Portuguese player to achieve the biggest award 3 times in his career, beating fellow nominees Lionel Messi and Manuel Neuer to this year’s award. Cristiano’s brilliant 2014 included 31 goals in 30 matches in Spain's La Liga - a haul that saw him finish as the 2013/14 top scorer - as well as a record 17 goals in the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League campaign.
Coach of the Year -
2014 was a golden year for German football and, especially, for Joachim Low. He managed to assemble a historical team that saw Germany win the FIFA World Cup for the first time in 24 years. This achievement saw him nominated for the Coach of the Year Award for the first time in his career.
Low, 54 years old, is a meticulous worker and astute tactician who’s been working for 8 and a half years with ‘Die Mannschaft.’ In Brazil, he impressively moulded his team to perform as a single unit, winning the title undefeated. Now, as his team already managed in 2014, the coach is also on top of the world.
Puskas Award -
The extraordinary volley with which James Rodriguez opened the scoring for Colombia against Uruguay at the Maracana in the Round of 16 at Brazil 2014 has been chosen by users of FIFA.com and francefootball.fr as the best goal of 2014.
"I'd like to thank everybody who has voted for me," said the clearly thrilled Real Madrid star, when picking up his award at the FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala in Zurich. "This was a very special moment for me and everyone in Colombia. I feel incredibly happy.”
Fifa/FIFPro World XI - The FIFA/FIFPro World XI 2014, as voted for by over 20,000 professional players, was revealed at the FIFA Ballon d’Or ceremony in Zurich's Kongresshaus on 12 January 2015. The 11 stars that earned a place in the FIFA/FIFPro World XI 2014 are:
Goalkeeper: Manuel Neuer
Defenders: Philipp Lahm, Sergio Ramos, David Luiz, Thiago Silva
Midfielders: Angel Di Maria, Toni Kroos, Andres Iniesta
Forwards: Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Arjen Robben