FIFA in a glittering ceremony with Lionel Messi in yet another eye gouging suit presented the FIFA Ballon d’Or to Cristiano Ronaldo for the second year in a row and third time overall. Lionel Messi and Manuel Neuer were second and third respectively. Another award handed out was the Puskas award for the best goal which went to James Rodriguez of Colombia for his spectacular volley against Uruguay in the World Cup while the best Woman Player of the year was won by Nadine Kessler of Germany.
A FIFA/Fifpro World XI was announced as well and this was where a lot of questions were raised about the XI, no one really knew why David Luis and Thiago Silva were in the team, the same was asked about Andreas Iniesta’s inclusion in the team. Joachim Low winning the World Coach – men’s football award also raised a few eyebrows while Ralf Kellerman won the World Coach – female football for leading the Women’s Wolfsburg team to a successful defence of the Champions league title.
The Fair Play award might have left a good feeling with volunteers of the FIFA world cup winning it for their hard work and sacrifice for making Brazil 2014 such a success. The final award for the night was given to Japanese journalist, Hiroshi Kagawa who covered his 10th World Cup at the age of 89.
Other awards for a glittering night
However we football fans want to right some wrongs and need some more awards to be given out in the ceremony, so here we have a few more suggestions for awards at the ceremony.
Best save of the year
This award should have been presented in the ceremony and would have been easily won by Thibaut Courtois, his performances for Atletico Madrid were exceptional last season, especially during their run t to the Champions League final where he pulled off a couple of breath taking saves against AC Milan.
Best assist of the year
Another award that should have been given out, if goal scoring can be celebrated why can’t the creators be celebrated as well? Cesc Fabregas would certainly have something to say about that.
Best clearance of the year
Defenders need to be given a chance as well to show how good they have been, nothing is better than watching a last second swipe to kick the ball off the line.
Best own goal of the year
A little bit of humour would not hurt anyone and Liverpool certainly had a few own goals to count last season, so having that award given out would bring some laughs at the night.
Best refereeing gaffe of the year
I just will leave the name Andre Marriner and Arsenal here to remind people of what he did by sending off the wrong player last season as they played Chelsea.
The alternative FIFA XI of the year
To end the night we would like to present an alternative FIFA XI of the year, these are players who probably should have been included the first XI but somehow missed out, we would have loved to keep Neuer, Messi and Ronaldo but this other XI captained by former Liverpool star Suarez, isn’t bad in anyway.
Luis Suarez (C)