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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'OrEdit

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 Eric 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 YearEdit

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

Rank Player[2] Nationality Club Votes
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 FootballEdit

Rank Coach[2] Nationality Team Votes
1st Pep Guardiola   Spain   Barcelona 41.90%
2nd Sir Alex Ferguson   Scotland   Manchester United 15.59%
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 FootballEdit

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%

FIFA/FIFPro World XIEdit

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 Vidić   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 AwardEdit

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

FIFA Presidential AwardEdit

FIFA Fair Play AwardEdit


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" (PDF). Retrieved 10 January 2012.
  5. ^ The Ballon d'Or's ghost vote. Marca
  6. ^ List of votes in FIFA's website

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