On January 13th, FIFA announced the 2013 Ballon d’Or voting results. The final vote count ranked Cristiano Ronaldo 1st, Lionel Messi 2nd and Franck Ribéry 3rd.
According to the rules of allocation, the jury is made up of:
- coaches of national teams
- captains of national teams
- specialist journalists (limited to one journalist per country)
Each jury member votes for 3 players (from a 23-player shortlist); the first one gets 5 points, the second one gets 3, the third one gets 1.
A player is not permitted to vote for himself.
Europe was the area with the highest number of voters.
Points distribution by geographical area
Portugal, Argentina and France representatives voted for players from their own countries. Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are national team captains, but Franck Ribéry is not (thus Hugo Lloris voted for him, putting his score up to 3 times the maximum possible number of points for France).
Cristiano Ronaldo and Franck Ribéry were neck and neck regarding best vote numbers (5 points); Lionel Messi was behind.
Franck Ribéry got the coach/captain/journalist triplet in 9 countries, including France.
Number of Ribéry’s first places by country
Captain and coach votes were pretty similar. The journalists ranked Franck Ribéry first, Cristiano Ronaldo second and Lionel Messi third (with the previous allocation rules, only the media were allowed to vote).
If the Ballon d’Or was given to a club, FC Barcelona would have won.
Points by club (worldwide)
In Europe, FC Bayern ranked first.
Points by club (Europe)
Midfielders and forwards were the most represented player types.
Neuer Manuel, goalkeeper, only got 2 votes.
Points by position
Zlatan Ibrahimović ranked fourth. He got the most votes from coaches, followed by journalists.
Zlatan Ibrahimović points by voter type
He got half his points in Europe.
Zlatan Ibrahimović points distribution by geographical area
Sweden gave him 6 points, the journalist giving points to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Ibrahimović voted for Ribéry, Messi and Ronaldo.
Votes made by Swedish voters