2015 Ballon D’or Awards

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has won the Ballon d’Or award for the world’s best player for the fifth time.
The Barcelona forward reclaimed the biggest individual accolade in world football in Zurich on Monday, beating Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, the three-time winner he has been runner-up behind for the last two years.
He also finished ahead of fellow Barca frontman Neymar after a calendar year in which the Catalan outfit claimed five titles.

Argentina international Messi, who scored 48 goals for his club in 2015, said after being presented the award by 2007 Ballon d’Or winner Kaka: “It is a very special moment for me to be back here on this stage, winning again another Ballon d’Or after being there in the audience watching Cristiano win.
“It’s incredible this is my fifth. It’s much more than anything I’ve dreamed of as a kid.
“I want to thank everyone who voted for me and I want to thank my team-mates – without them none of this would be possible.
“Lastly, I want to thank football in general for everything it has brought me, both the bad and the good, because it has made me grow and learn.”

Ronaldo scored more goals than Messi over the calendar year, netting 54 for Madrid, but it was not enough for his side to win any silverware.

Messi secured 41.33 per cent of the vote, with Portugal hitman Ronaldo getting 27.76 per cent and third-placed Brazil striker Neymar 7.86 per cent.

Messi and Neymar helped Barca win the Primera Division, Copa del Rey and Champions League treble in 2015, plus the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.

United States midfielder Carli Lloyd claimed the women’s world player of the year gong.
Carli scored a hat-trick in the final against Japan, including a sensational strike from the halfway line. She earned the Golden Ball for best player in the tournament.
Former Germany striker Celia Sasic finished second despite retiring halfway through 2015 at the age of 27. In the first half of the year she was top scorer in the World Cup with six goals and won the Champions League with Frankfurt.
Third was Japan midfielder Aya Miyama, 30, captained her country to the World Cup final, where they lost to the USA.

Lloyd said:”It has been a dream ever since I started with the national team. Keep your dreams and just go after them.”

Barcelona’s coach Luis Enrique won the men’s world coach of the year award as he came ahead of his predecessor, Bayern Munich’s Pep Guardiola.
Enrique led his side to five of the six trophies on offer in 2015, including the Champions League, La Liga and the Copa del Rey.
Chile’s Copa America-winning coach Jorge Sampaoli came third.

In the category for world coach of the year for women’s football, England boss Mark Sampson was beaten to the award by United States counterpart Jill Ellis.
Jill led her country to World Cup glory in the summer.
Second was Japan coach Norio Sasaki, whose side beat England in the semi-finals, but lost to USA in the final.
England coach Mark Sampson finished third with 10.68% of the vote after their third-place finish in Canada.
“It is a true honour,”said Ellis.” To Fifa, to our own federation, thank you for your belief, your vision and your investment in women’s football.”

Atletico Goianiense’s Wendell Lira won the goal of the year award for a spectacular overhead kick in Brazil’s Goiano state league game against Goianesia.
Messi’s run from halfway and finish in the Copa del Rey final against Athletic Bilbao was second, with Roma full-back Alessandro Florenzi’s 55-yard goal against Barca third.

The Fair play award winner announced by Former Leeds and South Africa captain Lucas Radebe went to – all football clubs and organisations supporting refugees.

Real Madrid had as many players as Barcelona, four, in the world team of the year despite not winning a trophy.
Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was German champions Bayern Munich’s only representative. The Premier League was the only of Europe’s top five leagues to not have anyone in the team.

Goalkeeper: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich, Germany)

Defenders: Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain, Brazil), Marcelo (Real Madrid, Brazil), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid, Spain), Dani Alves (Barcelona, Brazil)

Midfielders: Andres Iniesta (Barcelona, Spain), Luka Modric (Real Madrid, Croatia), Paul Pogba (Juventus, France)

Forwards: Neymar (Barcelona, Brazil), Lionel Messi (Barcelona, Argentina), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid, Portugal)

LIST OF WINNERS —–

Ballon d’or winner: Lionel Messi

2015 FIFA Female Player Of The Year: Carli Lloyd (USA)

2015 FIFA Coach Of The Year: Luis Enrique (Barcelona)

2015 FIFA Female Coach Of The Year: Jill Ellis (USA)

201 FIFA Puskas Award: Lira Wendell (Goianesia, Brazil)

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2015 Ballon d’or: Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar on final three-man list

Barcelona duo Lionel Messi and Neymar and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo have been shortlisted for the 2015 FIFA Ballon d’Or award.

 

The three were chosen from a longer list of 23 names.

Ronaldo and Messi have dominated the prize for the last seven years but both face strong competition this year from Messi’s Barcelona team-mate Neymar.

 

Ronaldo has won four Ballon d’Or awards, including for the past two years.

Messi also has four, which came consecutively from 2009 to 2012.

 

Messi, is the favourite to win the award, helped Barcelona win the treble last season, and could make it Ballon d’Or number five in 2016.

 

Ronaldo certainly feels no reason to expect an upset.

“To be honest I think Messi is going to win this year because this kind of trophy, it depends on votes,”

“You win competitions, you win the Champions League you win the league in terms of individual. I did probably the best season of my career which is good and I was the highest scorer in Europe [but] it’s all about votes.

 

“It is difficult and to be honest I am not very worried about that because as I said many times, I never thought I would win three times to be honest.”

 

At 23, Neymar is the youngest of the finalists.

The Brazil forward netted twice as Barcelona beat Real Sociedad in the Premiera Division on Saturday, and afterwards spoke of his pride at being included among the contenders.

“I have never played football to be the best player in the world, or to win the Ballon d’Or. I’ve always just played with the idea of continually getting better, to always surpass my goals, to always be better, play better, train better,” he said.

“To be the best in the world is the direct result of all of this work. If today I am being spoken of in such terms, it is a clear sign that what I am doing is working.”

 

The winner wil be announced alongside four other awards at FIFA’s Ballon d’Or Gala in Zurich, on the 11th of January, 2016.

 

FIFA Ballon d’Or nominees:

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid/Portugal)

Lionel Messi (Barcelona/Argentina)

Neymar (Barcelona/Brazil)

 

FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year nominees:

Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash/USA) Aya Miyama (Okayama Yunogo Belle/Japan)

Célia Šašić (FFC Frankfurt/Germany)

 

FIFA World Men’s Coach of the Year nominees:

Pep Guardiola (Bayern Munich) Luis Enrique Martínez (Barcelona) Jorge Sampaoli (Chile)

 

FIFA World Women’s Coach of the Year nominess:

Jill Ellis (USA)

Mark Sampson (England)

Norio Sasaki (Japan).

 

FIFA Puskas Award nominees:

Alessandro Florenzi (Roma v Barcelona, 16/09/15)

Wendell Lira (Atletico-GO v Goianesia, 11/03/15)

Lionel Messi (Barcelona v Athletic Bilbao, 30/05/15)

 

2015 FIFA Ballon d’or 23 man shortlist

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Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez head the shortlist for the 2015 FIFA Ballon d’Or.

Real Madrid forward Ronaldo, who has won the award for the past two years, is joined by teammates Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez.

And Barcelona’s attacking triumvirate of Messi — who is a four-time winner — Neymar and Suarez are listed along with fellow Blaugrana stars Andres Iniesta, Javier Mascherano and Ivan Rakitic. With six, Barca have the most players nominated.

Bayern Munich also have five players — Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller, Manuel Neuer, Arjen Robben and Arturo Vidal.

Five Premier League stars make the list, headed by Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez after he helped Chile to Copa America glory on home soil in the summer. PFA Players’ Player of the Year Eden Hazard is the only representative from Premier League champions Chelsea.

Manchester City have three players named: Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure and Kevin De Bruyne.

Wales and Real Madrid forward Bale is the only British player named.

Juventus’ midfielder Paul Pogba is the only player from Serie A — though Vidal played the first half of the year with Juve, with Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic completing the 23.

The final vote for the award will be made by the captains and head coaches of each men’s national team as well as by international media representatives selected by French publication France Football.

The final three nominees will be named on Nov. 30, along with the announcement of the top 10 goals in the running for the FIFA Puskas Award.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Zurich on Jan. 11, 2016.

Full list of Ballon d’Or nominees:

Sergio Aguero (Argentina/Manchester City)

Gareth Bale (Wales/Real Madrid)

Karim Benzema (France/Real Madrid)

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/Real Madrid)

Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium/VfL Wolfsburg/Manchester City)

Eden Hazard (Belgium/Chelsea)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden/Paris Saint-Germain)

Andres Iniesta (Spain/FC Barcelona)

Toni Kroos (Germany/Real Madrid)

Robert Lewandowski (Poland/FC Bayern Munich)

Javier Mascherano (Argentina/FC Barcelona)

Lionel Messi (Argentina/FC Barcelona)

Thomas Muller (Germany/FC Bayern Munich)

Manuel Neuer (Germany/FC Bayern Munich)

Neymar (Brazil/FC Barcelona)

Paul Pogba (France/Juventus)

Ivan Rakitic (Croatia/FC Barcelona)

Arjen Robben (Netherlands/FC Bayern Munich)

James Rodriguez (Colombia/Real Madrid)

Alexis Sanchez (Chile/Arsenal)

Luis Suarez (Uruguay/FC Barcelona)

Yaya Toure (Cote d’Ivoire/Manchester City)

Arturo Vidal (Chile/Juventus/FC Bayern Munich)

World Coach of the Year nominees:

Massimiliano Allegri (Italy/Juventus)

Carlo Ancelotti (Italy/Real Madrid)

Laurent Blanc (France/Paris Saint-Germain)

Unai Emery (Spain/Sevilla FC)

Pep Guardiola (Spain/FC Bayern Munich)

Luis Enrique Martinez (Spain/FC Barcelona)

Jose Mourinho (Portugal/Chelsea)

Jorge Sampaoli (Argentina/Chilean national team)

Diego Simeone (Argentina/Atletico Madrid)

Arsene Wenger (France/Arsenal)

2015 FIFA Ballon D’or Nominees

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A 59-man  list of nominees for the 2015 FIFA Ballon d’Or was leaked by Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo.

Three-time and current holder Cristiano Ronaldo and fout-time winner Lionel Messi as usual top the list, with Real Madrid and Barcelona having the highest number of nominees.

Suprisingly, Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, who led Juve to Serie A and Coppa Italia glory and the champions league final, did not make the list.

While, Arsenal’s David Ospina was included, with Massimo Luongo of Swindon Town (League One) making the list a ‘funny’ one.

The list will be trimmed to 23 before the final day.

The 2016 awards ceremony will be held on the 11th of January in Zurich, along with the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year trophy and the Puskas award, given to the scorer of the best goal of the year as voted on by the public.

LIST

Barcelona:

Claudio Bravo, Javier Mascherano, Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi, Ivan Rakitic, Neymar, Luis Suarez

Real Madrid:

Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Sergio Ramos, Cristiano Ronalso, Luka Modric, James Rodriguez, Toni Kroos

Juventus:

Giorgio Chiellini, Paul Pogba, Alvaro Morata

New York City:

Andrea Pirlo (Juventus)

Boca Juniors:

Carlos Tevez (Juventus)

Bayern Munich:

Arturo Vidal (Juventus), Robert Lewandowski, Arjen Robben, David Alaba, Thomas Muller, Manuel Neuer

Manchester City:

Wilfried Bony, Yaya Toure, Sergio Aguero, Nicolas Otamendi, Kevin de Bruyne (Wolfsburg)

Chelsea:

Diego Costa, Willian, Thibaut Courtois, Eden Hazard

Paris Saint-Germain:

Edinson Cavani, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Javier Pastore

Manchester United:

Wayne Rooney, David de Gea, Memphis Depay (PSV Eindoven)

Arsenal:

David Ospina, Alexis Sanchez

Atletico Madrid:

Antoine Griezmann, Jackson Martinez (FC Porto)

Tottenham:

Son Heung-min (Bayer Leverkusen), Harry Kane

AC Milan:

Carlos Bacca (Sevilla)

LA Galaxy:

Giovani dos Santos

Liverpool:

Phillipe Coutinho

Bournemouth:

Christian Atsu (Everton)

Corinthians:

Paulo Guerrero (Flamengo)

Hoffenheim:

Eduardo Vargas (QPR)

Internazionale:

Gary Medel

Lyon:

Alexandre Lacazette

PSV Eindhoven:

Andres Guardado

River Plate:

Carlos Sanchez

Swansea:

Andre Ayew (Marseille)

Swindon Town:

Massimo Luongo (QPR)

Leicester City:

Shinji Okazaki (Mainz)