Un moment de la gala.

20.00 h - Lionel Messi wins his fourth consecutive FIFA Ballon d'Or. Congratulations, Leo!

19.50 h - Abby Wambach (USA) wins the FIFA Women's Player of the Year award.

19.40 h - Miroslav Stoch, who plays for Fenerbahçe, wins the FIFA Puskas award.

19.20 h - Vicente Del Bosque, Spain manager, is awarded the 2012 Coach of the Year award. Franz Beckenbauer is awarded the FIFA Presidential award.

19.15 h -  Dani Alves, Gerard Piqué, Xavi, Iniesta and Leo Messi are named to the FIFA/FIFPro World XI. The rest of the team is made up by Casillas, Ramos, Marcelo, Xabi Alonso, Cristiano Ronaldo and Falcao.

18.30 h - The FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala has started.

18.10 h - The FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala will start at 18.30. It’s worth noting that in addition to naming the best player of the year, the all-star team and the best manager will also be announced.

17.30 h - The players talked to the Catalan press in the hotel and they departed for the Kongresshaus of Zurich, where the FIFA Ballon d’Or gala is set to start in the coming minutes.


16.45 h - Messi and Iniesta are in their room preparing for the FIFA Ballon d’Or gala.

16.45h - At 17.00, the players nominated for awards will talk to the Catalan press at the Park Hyatt Zurich Hotel. At 17.30 the players will make their way to the Kongresshaus, where the winner of the FIFA Ballon d’Or will be announced.

16.00h -
The press conference with Messi, Iniesta and Ronaldo has concluded. Del Bosque and Guardiola were also there. The Catalan manager revealed that he will manage somewhere next season.

15.50h - “It hasn’t been my best year,” says Leo Messi, who added that he “doesn’t compete against Cristiano Ronaldo.”

15.30h - The press conference with the FIFA Ballon d’Or candidates has started.

15.00h - "2012  has not been my best year," admits Lionel Messi, who added that "I do not compete against Cristiano"

15.00h - Photo Gallery of the Trip to Zurich

13.00h - The players and other members of the expedition are now in Zurich. Upon receipt by FIFA have been conducted on Hotel

12.30h - In Zurich Kongresshaus everything is ready. Want to see the assembly hall which hosts the Gala?

12:00h - Road to Zurich

11:00h - Dani Alves, Gerard Pique and Andres Iniesta are three of the five players who want to Zurich. This has been explained in social networks:


10:00h - Barça, Club with most Ballon d'Or winners

Since Luis Suárez won the award in 1960, Barça have continued to provide winners for the Ballon D'Or and with Messi's third successive win this evening, they have now overtaken Milan and Juventus to become the Club with most winners –nine. Messi, with three; Cruyff with two as a Barça player, three total; Stoichkov, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho and Suárez with one apiece, are the players who have won the award at the Club.

09:00h - Iniesta and Messi, from La Masia to Zurich

Andrés Iniesta and Leo Messi are two of the three finalists for the 2012 FIFA Ballon d’Or which will be awarded this Monday in Zurich. Along with Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), the two FC Barcelona players will compete for the award reserved for the best player in the world. It’s worth noting that the Argentinian has won the last three editions of the award and Iniesta was named the Best Player of the EURO and the Best Player in Europe of the Year by UEFA.


08:00h - FC Barcelona takes center stage in Zurich

Ten first team players, and ex-FC Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola, are in the running for awards this evening at the 2012 FIFA awards gala in Zurich

07:00h - Everything in place for the 2012 FIFA Ballon d'Or ceremony

Messi and Iniesta will travel to Zurich on Monday for the 2012 FIFA Ballon d'Or ceremony. Both Barça players are finalists for the award along with Cristiano Ronaldo. President Sandro Rosell, members of the Board of Directors, FCB players nominated to the FIFA FIFPro 2012 team, and the players' families will travel with the two Ballon d'Or finalists to Switzerland. 

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