Barcelona midfielders Xavi and Andres Iniesta both heaped praise on team-mate Lionel Messi as a worthy winner of the inaugural FIFA Ballon d'Or.
FIFA World Coach of the Year for Men’s Football, Jose Mourinho, summed it all up best, claiming: “I’ve gone from an assistant coach to the best in the world in ten years, so what I’ve achieved is quite sensational.”
After collecting the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year award for a fifth time running, Brazil star Marta talked about her obvious joy to FIFA.com.
On Monday in Zurich, Silvia Neid received the first ever award for FIFA World Coach of the Year for Women's Football. After the ceremony, she told FIFA.com exactly what the award meant to her.
FIFA Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi joked with FIFA.com about the weight of his new trophy, before expressing his respect for Barcelona teammates Xavi and Andres Iniesta.
A steady stream of football stars past and present made their way along the red carpet outside the Zurich Kongresshaus, their destination the FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala 2010.