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Business Markets Tech Luxury. Stars Screen Binge Culture Media. Business Culture Gadgets Future Startups. Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. Cristiano Ronaldo wins Ballon d'Or Story highlights Cristiano Ronaldo wins the FIFA Ballon d'Or Ronaldo wins the award for second successive year and third time in total Award for world footballer of the year voted for by national coaches, captains and world media Germany international manager Joachim Low wins World Coach of the Year.
Ronaldo received the most votes from a panel made up of captains and coaches of national teams and a selection of the world's media. I would like to continue the work that I have done so far. I want to try to improve, to become better as each day goes by. I want to become one of the greatest players of all time. Ronaldo, who picked up his first world player of the year award in and repeated the feat in , was hotly tipped to scoop the title for the third time after completing another spectacular season at Real Madrid.
In December, the Argentine broke the La Liga all-time scoring record surpassing the goal mark set by Spain's Telmo Zarra during the s and s. Messi also holds the Champions League goalscoring record, netting 75 times to date. After demolishing the hosts in the semifinal, Germany edged past Argentina in the final.
FIFA reveal Ballon d'Or winner — Manuel Neuer has been a formidable presence in goal for Germany conceding just four goals in seven World Cup Finals matches and a total of 40 goals in 62 matches throughout The Portuguese scored 56 goals in 51 appearances for Los Blancos in all competitions in and netted a total of 61 goals from 60 appearances during the calendar year.
Ronaldo also broke the record for most La Liga hat-tricks in December last year. In the same match he also notched up his th La Liga goal. The Portuguese has enjoyed a remarkable La Liga season so far, scoring 26 times in 17 matches for table-topping Real Madrid this term.
Messi, who won the FIFA award for four consecutive years from to , admitted in an interview at the weekend that it would be "difficult" to win this year when Ronaldo and Neuer had enjoyed such success in -- the German was a key member of country's World Cup winning side in Brazil and conceded just 40 goals in 62 matches all year. If nothing else, the trip to Zurich was a welcome distraction from speculation about his future at Barcelona. Rumors have circulated recently that the Argentine is unhappy at the Nou Camp -- Messi was recently left out of the starting line up in a La Liga match against Real Sociedad and missed a training session the following day with "a stomach bug.
Reports have suggested that he is unhappy with manager Luis Enrique's coaching methods and is seeking suitors in the English Premier League. But he was quick to dismiss any idea of a move. Speaking to Barcelona TV after the Catalan club's win against Atletico Madrid, Messi said suggestions that he wanted to leave the Spanish giants were "lies. I have also heard that I have spoken to Chelsea and [Manchester] City Stories circulating that he had poor relationships with former coach Pep Guardiola, former star players including Samuel Eto'o and Zlatan Ibrahimovic and asked for them to be moved on were "in no way true," he said.
They say that I run the club when I am just another player. I don't make those decisions, nor have I asked to make them. However, at the awards ceremony, Messi sent the rumor mill turning when he admitted: A number of other awards were given out during the star-studded ceremony including the World Coach of the Year which went to the man who masterminded Germany's World Cup win last July, Joachim Low.
We have had excellent conditions to produce what we have been able to produce. I'd like to say thank you to all of the German coaches who do so much with the young players every day. Kessler succeeds her compatriot Nadine Angerer, who became the first goalkeeper to win the award 12 months ago. The year-old netted his goal during Colombia's win against South American rivals Uruguay in the last It was one of six goals Rodriguez scored during the tournament -- a total that earned him the coveted Golden Boot award, given to the player who scores most goals at a World Cup Finals.
This was a very special moment for me and everyone in Colombia. I feel incredibly happy. Rodriguez's goal -- scored in front thousands of spectators at the Maracana stadium in Rio and watched by millions on television -- pipped Stephanie Roche's volley.
Roche's spectacular goal was witnessed by an altogether smaller audience -- just 95 people were at Peamount's National League game against Wexford Youths.