Comment and Analysis
The versatile 30-year-old has been rewarded for his consistency during what was a difficult campaign for the Catalan club.
The England striker has missed his club's last three games because of his suspension for kicking out at Stewart Downing but could return in this weekend's derby against City.
After FIFA revealed their 23-man shortlist for the 2014 FIFA Ballon d'Or, Goal's editors around the world voted on which three stars should finish on the podium.
The former Milan man may be in dreadful form but the stream of abuse he's been subjected to by the English and Italian football communities is akin to bullying and must stop.