Real Madrid were well represented at the award gala for the FIFA Ballon D’Or yesterday. Jose Mourinho was nominated for best coach, along with Vicente Del Bosque of the Spain national team, and Pep Guardiola of Barcelona. Christiano Ronaldo was up for the main award of best player along with Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta of Barcelona, but Mourinho and Ronaldo were overlooked, as Messi won again and Del Bosque got the coach’s award.
Some may say that Mourinho’s decision not to attend the ceremony will not have helped his cause, as it is voted for on the day, but the Portuguese manager probably thought he would not win anyway. He sees it as more of a popularity contest, and knew that he was not going to win. The achievements of Spain in defending the European championship were always likely to get the vote, even though Real Madrid won the Primera Liga with record points and goals scored. Mourinho does not always endear himself to journalists or fellow professionals, but I doubt that he will be too bothered by not winning.
I feel sorry for Ronaldo, who can do no more. Having won the league with Madrid and taken Portugal to the semi-finals of Euro 2012, having played some out of this world football, he should have had an excellent chance of winning. Messi, however, is the media’s darling and in a popularity contest he will always win.
In the Fifpro team of the year, all eleven players were from La Liga, and only Falcao does not play for Real or Barcelona. Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Xabi Alonso and Ronaldo all made the team.