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2011 FIFA Ballon d'Or

2011 FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala
2011 FIFA Ballon d'Or logo
Dates 2011

The 2011 FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala was the second year for FIFA's awards for the top football players and coaches of the year. The awards were given out in Zürich on 9 January 2012 with Lionel Messi claiming the title of world player of the year for the third time in a row.[1][2]

The gala ceremony was hosted by former Ballon d'Or winner Ruud Gullit and broadcast journalist Kay Murray of Real Madrid TV and Fox Soccer Channel with singer-songwriter James Blunt and his band providing musical entertainment. Individual awards were presented by, among others, Ronaldo, Lothar Matthäus, Pelé and FIFA president Sepp Blatter side-by-side with pop singer Shakira.[3]


FIFA Ballon d'Or

The top three nominees for the 2011 FIFA Ballon d'Or were:

Rank Player[2] Nationality Club Votes
1st Lionel Messi  Argentina Barcelona 47.88%
2nd Cristiano Ronaldo  Portugal Real Madrid 21.60%
3rd Xavi  Spain Barcelona 9.23%

The following 20 men were also in contention for the FIFA Ballon d’Or 2011:

Rank Player[4] Nationality Club Votes
4th Andrés Iniesta  Spain Barcelona 6.01%
5th Wayne Rooney  England Manchester United 2.31%
6th Luis Suárez  Uruguay Ajax / Liverpool 1.48%
7th Diego Forlán  Uruguay Atlético Madrid / Internazionale 1.43%
8th Samuel Eto'o  Cameroon Internazionale / Anzhi Makhachkala 1.34%
9th Iker Casillas  Spain Real Madrid 1.29%
10th Neymar  Brazil Santos 1.12%
11th Mesut Özil  Germany Real Madrid 0.76%
12th Wesley Sneijder  Netherlands Internazionale 0.72%
13th Thomas Müller  Germany Bayern Munich 0.64%
14th David Villa  Spain Barcelona 0.53%
15th Bastian Schweinsteiger  Germany Bayern Munich 0.50%
16th Xabi Alonso  Spain Real Madrid 0.48%
17th Sergio Agüero  Argentina Atlético Madrid / Manchester City 0.48%
18th Éric Abidal  France Barcelona 0.36%
19th Dani Alves  Brazil Barcelona 0.34%
20th Karim Benzema  France Real Madrid 0.34%
21st Cesc Fàbregas  Spain Arsenal / Barcelona 0.29%
22nd Nani  Portugal Manchester United 0.26%
23rd Gerard Piqué  Spain Barcelona 0.22%

FIFA Women's World Player of the Year

The top three nominees for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Player of the Year were:

Rank Player[2] Nationality Club Notes
1st Homare Sawa  Japan INAC Kobe Leonessa 28.51%
2nd Marta  Brazil Western New York Flash 17.28%
3rd Abby Wambach  United States magicJack 13.26%

The following seven women were also in contention for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Player of the Year:

Rank Player[4] Nationality Club Votes
4th Aya Miyama  Japan Okayama Yunogo Belle 12.18%
5th Hope Solo  United States magicJack 7.83%
6th Lotta Schelin  Sweden Lyon Ladies 4.85%
7th Kerstin Garefrekes  Germany FFC Frankfurt 4.73%
8th Alex Morgan  United States Western New York Flash 4.34%
9th Louisa Nécib  France Lyon Ladies 3.21%
10th Sonia Bompastor  France Lyon Ladies 2.99%

FIFA World Coach of the Year for Men's Football

Rank Coach[2] Nationality Team Votes
1st Josep Guardiola  Spain Barcelona 41.92%
2nd Sir Alex Ferguson  Scotland Manchester United 15.61%
3rd José Mourinho  Portugal Real Madrid 12.43%
Rank Coach Nationality Team Votes
4th Vicente Del Bosque  Spain Spain 9.12%
5th Óscar Tabárez  Uruguay Uruguay 7.47%
6th Joachim Löw  Germany Germany 4.40%
7th André Villas-Boas  Portugal Porto
8th Arsène Wenger  France Arsenal 1.91%
9th Jürgen Klopp  Germany Borussia Dortmund 1.54%
10th Rudi Garcia  France Lille 0.89%

FIFA World Coach of the Year for Women's Football

Rank Coach[2] Nationality Team Notes
1st Norio Sasaki  Japan Japan 45.57%
2nd Pia Sundhage  Sweden United States 15.83%
3rd Bruno Bini  France France 10.28%


Position Player[2] Nationality Club
GK Iker Casillas  Spain Real Madrid
DF Dani Alves  Brazil Barcelona
DF Gerard Piqué  Spain Barcelona
DF Sergio Ramos  Spain Real Madrid
DF Nemanja Vidic  Serbia Manchester United
MF Xabi Alonso  Spain Real Madrid
MF Andrés Iniesta  Spain Barcelona
MF Xavi  Spain Barcelona
FW Cristiano Ronaldo  Portugal Real Madrid
FW Lionel Messi  Argentina Barcelona
FW Wayne Rooney  England Manchester United

FIFA Puskás Award

Rank Player[2] Nationality Team Notes
1st Neymar  Brazil Santos
2nd Wayne Rooney  England Manchester United
3rd Lionel Messi  Argentina Barcelona

FIFA Presidential Award

FIFA Fair Play Award


The day after the awards ceremony, Spanish newspaper Marca reported that none of the four captains of the Spanish women's national team had voted for the Women's World Player of the Year award.[5] According to the list of votes published by FIFA, captain Sandra Vilanova had awarded five points to Hope Solo, three to Louisa Nécib and one to Marta.[6]


  1. ^ "Messi crowned world's best". ESPN. 9 January 2012. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Messi, Sawa, Guardiola and Sasaki triumph at FIFA Ballon d’Or 2011". 9 January 2012. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Wayne Rooney looks starstruck as he meets Shakira dressed in dazzling red at the Fifa Ballon d'Or gala". Daily Mail. 9 January 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "FIFA Ballon d'Or 2011 - voting results". Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  5. ^ The Ballon d'Or's ghost vote. Marca
  6. ^ List of votes in FIFA's website

External links

  • Official Ballon d'Or pageFrance Football
  • 2011 FIFA Ballon d'Or at ""
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