by Jamal Laoudi, Washington DC,
As expected, Cristiano Ronaldo has won the 2014 FIFA Ballon D'or. This is his second in as many years and the third of his career.
The FIFA Ballon d’Or award has gained more importance and significance since it merged with France Football’s Ballon d’Or award back in 2010. The ceremony was held at the Zurich’s Kongresshaus in Switzerland.
FIFA.com released a document with various votes and their allocations. Deciding to crunch the numbers and extract some statistics, here are some of my findings. There were the 544 voters comprising 182 national team captains, 181 national team coaches, and 181 media representatives from 181 different countries. Voters cast votes for a first, a second, and a third place finisher. With 544 voters, each getting to vote for three spots, the total number of available votes was 1632. A #1 vote gets a coefficient of 5, a #2 vote a coefficient of 3, and #3 vote a coefficient of 1.
Despite FIFA selecting Cristino Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and Manuel Neuer as the three finalists, 20 other names showed up in the final tally, 5 of them from World Cup winners Germany: Mueller Thomas, Lahm Philipp, Kroos Toni, Goetze Mario, and Schweinsteiger Bastian. Add Neuner to that list and Germany has 6 representatives, the highest of any other team. Sergio Ramos, Diego Costa, and Andres Iniesta represented Spain with 3 as did Lionel Messi, Javier Mascherano, and Angel DiMaria representing. 3 players is the second highest from any single country.
Ronaldo led all players in total points and in overall number of votes emphatically. He received a staggering 303 first place votes, all he needed to win it all. He finished with a total of 440 votes and 1844 total points. Messi finished second with 288 votes for a total of 772 points, 3 points ahead of third place finisher Neuner who cumulated 251 votes for a total of 769 points.
Dutch striker Arjen Robben, who had an excellent World Cup and a great year with German side Bayen Munich finished fourth with 351 points from 145 total votes.
The summary table below provides material to draw more conclusions from.