By DAN KARELL
As expected, there’s a new Ballon d’Or winner in town.
Snapping Lionel Messi’s four-year winning streak, an emotional Cristiano Ronaldo was named the 2014 FIFA Ballon d’Or winner on Monday afternoon at FIFA’s gala event in their headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. Ronaldo finished ahead of Messi and Bayern Munich midfielder Franck Ribery, which is voted on by captains and head coaches of every FIFA national team.
Ronaldo finished second to Messi in each of the last two seasons. The Portuguese star won the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 2008. Ronaldo scored 69 goals for club and country in the 2013 calendar year.
In the women’s category, German National Team goalkeeper Nadine Angerer was named Women’s World Player of the Year, becoming the first goalkeeper to win the award. She beat out Brazilian international Marta and U.S. Women’s National Team star Abby Wambach. Angerer stopped a penalty kick in each half of the 2013 UEFA European Championships to help Germany win its sixth consecutive title with a 1-0 victory against Norway.
Angerer is set to play for the Portland Thorns in the National Women’s Soccer League next season.
Legendary Brazilian forward Pele was awarded with an honorary Ballon d’Or while German coaches Jupp Heynckes (Men’s Coach of the Year) and Silvia Neid (Women’s Coach of the Year) took home the hardware as well.
You can see who every national team coach, captain and journalist voted for in the Ballon d’Or here, and here is a full rundown of all the awards handed out during Monday’s ceremony:
FIFA Ballon d’Or: Cristiano Ronaldo
FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year: Nadine Angerer
FIFA Puskas Award: Zlatan Ibrahimovic
FIFA Coach of the Year: Jupp Heynckes
FIFA Women’s Coach of the Year: Silvia Neid
FIFA / FIFPro World XI:
Goalkeeper: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)
Defenders: Dani Alves (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Thiago Silva (PSG), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich)
Midfielders: Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Xavi Hernandez (Barcelona), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich)
Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
FIFA Presidential Award: Jacques Rogge
FIFA Fair Play Award: Afghanistan Football Federation