The FIFA World Player Gala 2009 takes place in Zurich on Monday 21 December and, as always, offers our users the best possible coverage of this star-studded event.

We will be streaming the Gala LIVE, but the action got underway when the nominees for the FIFA World Player and FIFA Women's World Player awards faced the media in the traditional pre-Gala press conferences.

Cristiane, Inka Grings, Birgit Prinz, Kelly Smith and reigning champion Marta answered questions, before the latest FIFA Interactive World Player was crowned, with a surprise guest on hand in Zurich to present the trophy.. Find out who it was, by clicking on the relevant link.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Andres Iniesta, Kaka, Lionel Messi and Xavi - then appeared on the same stage ahead of discovering which of them has been crowned FIFA World Player of the Year.

To watch either of these events, simply click on the link which interests you in order to launch the video player.