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2010 FIFA Ballon d'Or

2010 FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala
2010 FIFA Ballon d'Or logo
Tournament details
Host country Switzerland
Dates 2010

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 presented by the French media to the top men's player in Europe. The awards ceremony took place on 10 January 2011 in Zurich, Switzerland. The three finalists for each category were announced on 6 December 2010.[1]

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]

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]


FIFA Ballon d'Or

Rank Player Nationality Club Points
1st Lionel Messi  Argentina Barcelona 22.65%
2nd Andres Iniesta  Spain Barcelona 17.36%
3rd Xavi Hernández  Spain Barcelona 16.48%

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

Rank Player Nationality Club Points
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 / Barcelona 2.25 %
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 Daniel Alves  Brazil Barcelona 0.05 %

FIFA Women's World Player of the Year

Rank Player Nationality Club Notes
1st Marta  Brazil FC Gold Pride
2nd Birgit Prinz  Germany Frankfurt
3rd Fatmire Bajramaj  Germany Turbine Potsdam

The other seven nominees were:

Rank Player Nationality Club Notes
Camille Abily  France FC Gold Pride / Lyon
Ji So-Yun  South Korea Hanyang Women's College
Caroline Seger  Sweden Philadelphia Independence
Christine Sinclair  Canada FC Gold Pride
Kelly Smith  England Boston Breakers
Hope Solo  United States Saint Louis Athletica / Atlanta Beat
Abby Wambach  United States Washington Freedom

FIFA World Coach of the Year for Men's Football

Rank Coach Nationality Team Notes
1st José Mourinho  Portugal Internazionale 35.92%
2nd Vicente del Bosque  Spain  Spain 33.08%
3rd Josep Guardiola  Spain FC Barcelona 8.45%

FIFA World Coach of the Year for Women's Football

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

FIFA Puskás Award

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


Position Player National Team Club
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 Hernández  Spain Barcelona
MF Wesley Sneijder  Netherlands Internazionale
FW David Villa  Spain Valencia / Barcelona
FW Cristiano Ronaldo  Portugal Real Madrid
FW Lionel Messi  Argentina Barcelona

FIFA Presidential Award

FIFA Fair Play Award


  1. ^ "Nominees announced for FIFA Ballon d’Or gala 2010". 2010-12-06. Archived from the original on 25 January 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-10. 
  2. ^, It’s an all Barça affair at FIFA Ballon d’Or
  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. 

External links

  • Official Ballon d'Or pageFrance Football
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