Grammy award winner Laura Pausini will headline the musical acts at this year’s FIFA World Player Gala, which will take place at the Kongresshaus in Zurich, FIFA’s home city, on 21 December 2009. Support act The Harlem Gospel Singers will also perform at the gala, which will be hosted by CNN International Sports presenter Pedro Pinto and Sky Sports presenter Charlotte Jackson.

The FIFA World Player Gala has been organised by FIFA since 1991, and has become the most prestigious awards ceremony in the world of football. At this annual ceremony, the FIFA World Player award is given to the best male and female player of the year, as chosen by the national team coaches and captains.

This year, two new awards will be presented at the gala: the FIFA/FIFPro World XI to honour the best 11 players of the year as chosen by over 50,000 professional players from all over the world, and the FIFA Puskás Award for the “most beautiful goal” of the year as voted on by fans, a prize created in honour and in memory of Ferenc Puskás, the captain and star of the Hungarian national team during the 1950s.

Online voting for the FIFA Puskás Award is open until 14 December via the link on the right.