(WFI) Lionel Messi and Jose Mourinho are among the big winners in FIFA’s end-of-year awards.
The Argentine forward beat Barcelona teammates Andres Iniesta and Xavi for the inaugural FIFA Ballon d’Or.
Real Madrid boss José Mourinho and Silvia Neid of Germany’s national team were the men’s and women’s coaches of the year.
The honors were decided by a poll of national team captains and head coaches, then presented Monday night in Zurich at an awards gala attended by football’s biggest stars.
Journalists selected by France Football also joined in the voting, meaning the captains, coaches and media each
accounted for one-third of the final result.
Players also got a say in Monday’s awards. The FIFA/FIFPro World XI is a dream team chosen by more than 50,000 pros worldwide and meant to honor 2010’s 11 best players.
The squad consists of Iker Casillas (Spain) in goal; Maicon (Brazil), Lúcio (Brazil), Gerard Piqué (Spain) and Carles Puyol (Spain) on defense; Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands), Xavi (Spain) and Andrés Iniesta (Spain) at midfield; and Lionel Messi (Argentina), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) and David Villa (Spain) up front.
Also Monday, Turkey’s Hamit Altintop received the FIFA Puskás Award for most beautiful goal of the year, Haiti U-17 women’s team the FIFA Fair Play Award and Archbishop Desmond Tutu the FIFA Presidential Award for his commitment to youth development and social change.
By INSIDER’s Matthew Grayson
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