2013 proved to be another goal-drenched year for Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese star helped himself to 34 of them in the 2012/13 Liga season, a haul beaten only by Lionel Messi’s 45, and scored a hatful more in Europe and for his national team. Always on top form for Real Madrid and Portugal, the flying forward, who won the FIFA World Player award in 2008, is only gaining in stature with Los Merengues, and it came as no surprise when he extended his contract with the club to 2018 and said he was considering staying put for the rest of his career.
Ronaldo’s Best Moments
Ronaldo (and Portugal) vs Germany, Euro 2012
A full range of awards were presented today at the gala:
The Puskás (Goal of the Year) Award
Zlatan Ibrahimović – The explosive striker scored an audacious, acrobatic bicycle kick from way out for Sweden over the top of the stranded English defenders and goalkeeper in a friendly match.
Ballon D’Or Women’s Player of the Year
Nadine Angerer, Germany
Nadine already knew how it felt to play a pivotal individual role in a major international triumph. Back in 2007 the keeper with nerves of steel was Germany’s undisputed hero in the Final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ in China as she produced a scintillating display against Brazil and saved a Marta penalty. The Germans won 2–0 to seal a second straight Women’s World Cup success, not least due to Angerer conceding no goals at all in her country’s six matches at the finals.
The FIFA/FIFpro World XI 2013
Manuel Neuer (Germany), Dani Alves (Brazil), Thiago Silva (Brazil), Sergio Ramos (Spain), Philipp Lahm (Germany), Franck Ribery (France), Xavi Hernandez (Spain), Andres Iniesta (Spain), Lionel Messi (Argentina), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
Women’s Coach of the Year
Silvia NEID, Germany
Silvia Neid has demonstrated her ability to lead a Germany side packed with experienced, top-quality stars to success on several occasions. In 2013 the coach sensationally proved she could do the same with a young ensemble on the international stage. Unable to call upon numerous injured regulars, Neid guided the youngest team at the tournament, with an average age of 23.5 years, to Germany’s sixth successive European triumph. The 49-year-old, who has been in her current role since 2005, masterminded Germany’s glorious FIFA Women’s World Cup™ campaign in 2007 and was named FIFA Women’s Football Coach of the Year in 2010. Her achievements have paved the way to a brighter future for the next generation of Germany’s female footballers.
Men’s Coach of the Year
Jupp Heynckes, Bayern Munich
The 2012/13 season will live long in the memory of Jupp Heynckes. The 68-year-old has won countless trophies during a distinguished career as a player and coach, but he marked his place in the history books once and for all with Bayern Munich last term when he became the first ever coach to win the treble with a German men’s team. Under Heynckes’ guidance, Bayern romped to the Bundesliga title with six games to spare. This was soon followed by victory in the UEFA Champions League final in May, before they completed their historic treble by lifting the DFB Cup at the end of the season. Pep Guardiola has since succeeded Heynckes at Bayern.