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Ballon d'Or 2010 LIVE!
Welcome to Goal.com's LIVE coverage of the 2010 FIFA Ballon d'Or award in Zurich! Who will win the coveted prize for the world's best player over the last year? Your choices are...
  • Andres Iniesta ( Barcelona / Spain)
  • Lionel Messi ( Barcelona / Argentina)
  • Xavi ( Barcelona / Spain)
We have a full programme of action for you throughout the day until the big announcement is made at 19:00 CET. We'll bring you all the other awards before the grand prize, and all the reaction afterwards. Stay here for the best Ballon d'Or coverage around!

Check out our Ballon d'Or homepage for more info at any time.

19:00 GMT

1/10/11

Well, that wraps up our live coverage for this evening, but don't go too far as on our Ballon d'Or homepage there's plenty more action to come. Plus, we'll have all the reactions and editorial analysis coming through. For now check out our in-progress announcement article. Goodnight!

18:57 GMT

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18:57 GMT

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The FIFA Ballon d'Or winner 2010 is...

LIONEL MESSI!!!

18:55 GMT

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It's the moment of truth. Coach Pep Guardiola will give the award to one of his players: Xavi, Messi, or Iniesta...

18:49 GMT

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Although this winner's podium is her second home, Marta is crying with joy and emotion as she lifts the award for the fifth time. A touching moment.

18:48 GMT

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No surprises - the FIFA Women's World Player of the Year is MARTA!

Her fifth consecutive award! What a record - she is the best female player of all time.

18:46 GMT

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The three nominees:

Fatmire Bajramaj (Germany)
Birgit Prinz (Germany)
Marta (Brazil)

Marta has won the last four consecutive awards.

18:44 GMT

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Next up will be the women's player of the year award in just a couple of minutes.

18:42 GMT

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Check out Altintop's goal here...

18:38 GMT

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In what is a great touch from FIFA, they've brought Andrei Sidelnikov - the 'keeper he scored that goal against - to give the award!

18:36 GMT

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The winner... HAMIT ALTINTOP for his goal for Turkey against Kazakhstan!

You can see it in the link below.Read More

18:34 GMT

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Next, the FIFA Puskas Award for the best goal scored at the top level, as voted for the fans.

18:31 GMT

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Tutu:

"I want to pay a very warm tribute to you (Blatter). If I could give you an award I would. I want to commend you for your passion for Africa in hosting the World Cup. I receive this award representatively on behalf of our wonderful people, the people of South Africa. I want to congratulate Danny Jordaan and the others, the team who were responsible for the organisation; our government, who excelled themselves; Bafana Bafana, who did more than we expected, and we may even win the FIFA - what do you call it, the goal - ah yes, the Puskas award. I should really have brought my Vuvuzela!"

18:29 GMT

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Now it's time for the FIFA Presidential Award, or the "Sepp Blatter Ego" award. This year it goes to Archbishop Desmond Tutu, presumably accepting the prize on behalf of South Africa.

18:26 GMT

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Mourinho starts by thanking the other two "excellent coaches" - a rare show of humility from the famously self-assured Portuguese. It's good to see a human side.

18:24 GMT

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JOSE MOURINHO is the FIFA Coach of the Year!

18:23 GMT

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Next up it's the men's coach. Nominees:

Vicente del Bosque (Spain)
Pep Guardiola (Barcelona)
Jose Mourinho (Inter/Real Madrid)

(By the way, Spanish radio is reporting that Xavi has won the Ballon d'Or, but we don't yet know for sure...)

18:21 GMT

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The FIFA Women's Coach of the Year is Silvia Neid of Germany!

18:17 GMT

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The FIFA Fair Play Award goes to the Haiti U-17 women's team! This is far more emotional because it pertains to Haiti. The women's U-17 national team lost their coach in the earthquake that so devastated their country still went and competed in their local championship in Costa Rica.

18:17 GMT

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Gerard Pique on Barcelona's and Spain's success:

""One of the most important things is the atmosphere in the dressing room... you can see the relationship that we have when we play and that's very important for a team to win titles."