In addition to the traditional FIFA Presidential Award and FIFA Fair Play Award, the 16th FIFA World Player Gala on Monday 18 December also included prizes for outstanding performances at the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™.
The tournament's three best players Zinedine Zidane, Fabio Cannavaro and Andrea Pirlo and top scorers Miroslav Klose, Hernan Crespo and Ronaldo were presented with awards in Zurich, as will the two fairest teams (Brazil and Spain) and the outstanding goalkeeper (Gianluigi Buffon).
FIFA.com takes a look at who received their awards at Zurich's Opera House - and why.
AWARDS FROM THE 2006 FIFA WORLD CUP GERMANY™
FIFA Fair Play award - BRAZIL & SPAIN
They might have seen their hopes of lifting the Trophy dashed at a premature stage, but Brazil and Spain did not return home empty-handed, with each of their players picking up medals for their record of sportsmanship and good conduct during Germany 2006. This particular award is decided using a points system established by the FIFA Committee for Ethics and Fair Play, and the FIFA Technical Study Group (TSG) named Carlos Alberto Parreira and Luis Aragones's sides as joint-winners after they picked up a shared total of 886 from the 1,000 available.
adidas Golden Ball - Zinedine ZIDANE (FRA)
Arguably the greatest trophy available to an individual footballer went to one of the game's most spectacular players of the past decade. Fabio Cannavaro and Andrea Pirlo, Silver and Bronze Ball winners respectively, certainly ran him close, but despite that Final red card, Zidane undoubtedly provided some of Germany 2006's most memorable moments, and the accredited media at the FIFA World Cup Final recognised this in their voting.
adidas Golden Shoe - Miroslav KLOSE (GER)
His winning tally might have been the lowest since Chile 1962, but Klose undoubtedly deserved this award having finished two clear of Hernan Crespo, Ronaldo and Thierry Henry with a tally of five goals that saw him move into third place in the list of top German goalscorers at FIFA World Cup finals.
Lev Yashin Award - Gianluigi BUFFON (ITA)
No surprises here. Gianluigi Buffon produced as close to a perfect tournament as can be humanly possible, conceding just twice during Italy's triumphant campaign, once from a Christian Zaccardo own goal and then from Zidane's audacious penalty in the Final. The FIFA TSG members were responsible for this decision, and so faultless was Buffon throughout the tournament that it cannot have taken them long to arrive at it.