2010 FIFA Ballon d'Or

The 2010 FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala was the inaugural year for FIFA's awards for the top football players and coaches of the year. The gala is a continuation of the FIFA World Player Gala and a result of merging the FIFA Men's World Player of the Year award with the Ballon d'Or, previously created and presented by France Football to the top men's player in Europe. The awards ceremony took place on 10 January 2011 in Zürich, Switzerland. The three finalists for each category were announced on 6 December 2010.[1]

2010 FIFA Ballon d'Or logo

La Masia, the FC Barcelona academy, achieved a record breaking honor in becoming the first youth academy ever to have all three finalists for the Ballon d'Or in one same year, with Lionel Messi, Andrés Iniesta and Xavi.[2][3] Messi won the award, his second consecutive Ballon d'Or victory.

Marta won the FIFA Women's World Player of the Year award, her fifth in a row.[4]

José Mourinho, Portuguese manager of Real Madrid and previously of Internazionale, was the first winner of the men's FIFA World Coach of the Year award in 2010. The women's version of the award was won by Germany head coach Silvia Neid.[4]

Winners and nomineesEdit

FIFA Ballon d'OrEdit

Rank Player Nationality Club(s) Percent
1st Lionel Messi   Argentina   Barcelona 22.65%
2nd Andrés Iniesta   Spain   Barcelona 17.36%
3rd Xavi   Spain   Barcelona 16.48%

The following 20 men were also in contention for the FIFA Ballon d’Or 2010:

Rank Player Nationality Club(s) Percent
4th Wesley Sneijder   Netherlands   Internazionale 14.48%
5th Diego Forlán   Uruguay   Atlético Madrid 7.61%
6th Cristiano Ronaldo   Portugal   Real Madrid 3.92%
7th Iker Casillas   Spain   Real Madrid 2.90%
8th David Villa   Spain   Valencia
9th Didier Drogba   Ivory Coast   Chelsea 1.68%
10th Xabi Alonso   Spain   Real Madrid 1.52%
11th Carles Puyol   Spain   Barcelona 1.43%
12th Samuel Eto'o   Cameroon   Internazionale 1.37%
13th Mesut Özil   Germany   Real Madrid 1.21%
14th Arjen Robben   Netherlands   Bayern Munich 1.16%
15th Thomas Müller   Germany   Bayern Munich 0.91%
16th Bastian Schweinsteiger   Germany   Bayern Munich 0.75%
17th Maicon   Brazil   Internazionale 0.57%
18th Asamoah Gyan   Ghana   Sunderland 0.46%
19th Júlio César   Brazil   Internazionale 0.22%
20th Cesc Fàbregas   Spain   Arsenal 0.22%
21st Miroslav Klose   Germany   Bayern Munich 0.19%
22nd Philipp Lahm   Germany   Bayern Munich 0.05%
23rd Dani Alves   Brazil   Barcelona 0.05%

FIFA Women's World Player of the YearEdit

Rank Player Nationality Club(s) Percent
1st Marta   Brazil   FC Gold Pride 38.20%
2nd Birgit Prinz   Germany   1. FFC Frankfurt 15.18%
3rd Fatmire Bajramaj   Germany   Turbine Potsdam 9.96%

The other seven nominees were:[5]

Rank Player Nationality Club(s) Percent
4th Kelly Smith   England   Boston Breakers 9.29%
5th Abby Wambach   United States   Washington Freedom 6.25%
6th Ji So-yun   South Korea   Hanyang Women's College 5.24%
7th Christine Sinclair   Canada   FC Gold Pride 4.42%
8th Hope Solo   United States   Saint Louis Athletica
Atlanta Beat
9th Caroline Seger   Sweden   Philadelphia Independence 3.64%
10th Camille Abily   France   FC Gold Pride

FIFA World Coach of the Year for Men's FootballEdit

Rank Coach Nationality Team(s) Percent
1st José Mourinho   Portugal   Internazionale
  Real Madrid
2nd Vicente del Bosque   Spain   Spain 33.08%
3rd Pep Guardiola   Spain   Barcelona 8.45%

FIFA World Coach of the Year for Women's FootballEdit

Rank Coach Nationality Team(s) Percent
1st Silvia Neid   Germany   Germany
2nd Maren Meinert   Germany   Germany U-20
3rd Pia Sundhage   Sweden   United States

FIFA Puskás AwardEdit

Rank Player Nationality Club Percent
1st Hamit Altıntop   Turkey   Bayern Munich 40.55%
2nd Linus Hallenius   Sweden   Hammarby IF 13.23%
3rd Giovanni van Bronckhorst   Netherlands   Netherlands 10.61%

FIFA/FIFPro World XIEdit

Position Player National Team Club(s)
GK Iker Casillas[3]   Spain   Real Madrid
DF Maicon   Brazil   Internazionale
DF Carles Puyol[3]   Spain   Barcelona
DF Gerard Piqué   Spain   Barcelona
DF Lúcio   Brazil   Internazionale
MF Andrés Iniesta   Spain   Barcelona
MF Xavi   Spain   Barcelona
MF Wesley Sneijder   Netherlands   Internazionale
FW David Villa   Spain   Valencia
FW Cristiano Ronaldo   Portugal   Real Madrid
FW Lionel Messi   Argentina   Barcelona

FIFA Presidential AwardEdit

FIFA Fair Play AwardEdit


  1. ^ "Nominees announced for FIFA Ballon d'Or gala 2010". FIFA.com. 2010-12-06. Archived from the original on 25 January 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-10.
  2. ^ totalbarca.com, It’s an all Barça affair at FIFA Ballon d’Or Archived December 10, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b c "Messi named Player of the Year". ESPN Soccernet. 2011-01-10. Retrieved 2011-01-10.
  4. ^ a b c d "Messi, Marta, Mourinho and Neid crowned as the best of 2010". FIFA. 10 January 2011. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
  5. ^ FIFA Women's World Player 2010 votes

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