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Summary

  1. Ronaldo wins Ballon d'Or
  2. Messi is runner-up, ahead of Neuer
  3. Stephanie Roche misses out on Goal of the Year
  4. James Rodriguez wins Puskas Award
  5. Fifpro XI, plus five other awards, announced

Live Reporting

By Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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Ronaldo
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As the stellar names of the footballing world presumably trot off into the Zurich night for a glass of red wine, it is time for us to disappear too.

Congratulations to Cristiano Ronaldo, who has been named as the world's best player for the third time. If you're not still convinced,

here's a reminder why.

And make sure you keep across the BBC Sport website later today and tomorrow for all the rest of the Ballon d'Or round-up. See you later!

Ballon d'Or reaction

Carlo Ancelotti and Joachim Low
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Real Madrid coach

Carlo Ancelotti on Twitter: Congratulations to my colleague Joachim Löw !! #BallondOr

Ballon d'Or reaction

Germany midfielder

Toni Kroos on Twitter: A great honour to be in the #FIFProWorldXI! I wanna thank all my colleagues @fifpro for their vote!

Who voted for who?

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Ballon d'Or

Vincent Kompany
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Trawling through the list makes interesting reading. For some it is a case of national or club pride, for others it is about picking the obvious option.

Belgium skipper Vincent Kompany sits in the former group, picking compatriots Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard as his one-two. So does Uruguay captain Diego Godin, who picked his former Atletico Madrid team-mate Diego Costa.

Unsurprisingly, Wales skipper Ashley Williams picked Gareth Bale, as did his boss Chris Coleman.

Ballon d'Or reaction

Germany goalkeeper

Manuel Neuer on Twitter: Great evening for German football. Ralf Kellermann and Jogi Löw Coaches of the Year, Nadine Kessler Women's World Player of the Year, me in the top three. Thanks to all who voted for me and best wishes to the winner, Cristiano.

Ballon d'Or reaction

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Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu: Congratulations to the winner of the Ballon d'Or. For Barca fans, Leo Messi will always be number one.

Who voted for who?

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Ballon d'Or

Wondering who Scotland manager Gordon Strachan and his skipper Scott Brown picked? Wonder no more....

Strachan: 1) Cristiano Ronaldo, 2) Diego Costa, 3) Arjen Robben

Brown: 1) Cristiano Ronaldo, 2) Arjen Robben, 3) Manuel Neuer

Join the debate at #bbcfootball

Javier Mascherano
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Former England striker

Gary Lineker on Twitter: I see that Roy Hodgson voted: 1 Mascherano 2 Lahm 3 Neuer. You have to love his sense of humour. Ronaldo and Messi are far and away the best players on the planet, how could they both possibly not be in your top 3?

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Times football correspondent

Tony Barrett on Twitter: Hodgson choosing Mascherano as the world's best player is interesting/confusing on so many levels.

Who voted for who?

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Ballon d'Or

England captain Wayne Rooney was a little more orthodox than his gaffer. The Manchester United man went for former Old Trafford team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo as his number one. Toni Kroos, however, was a slightly left-field choice for second, with Gareth Bale completing Rooney's trio.

Who voted for who?

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Ballon d'Or

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Earlier I was rather scathing about Lionel Messi voting for his Argentina team-mate Javier Mascherano. But it turns out he has an ally in England coach Roy Hodgson.

The Three Lions boss picked Mascherano, who left Liverpool shortly after he arrived in the summer of 2010, as his first choice. I'm almost speechless.

Hodgson plumped for Philipp Lahm and Manuel Neuer as his second and third choices. No room for Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi though. Roy?

How the vote works

Another reminder for those latecomers about the voting system. Votes are cast by the coaches and captains of all international teams - plus a selection of journalists - from the 25-man long list.

Wales forward Gareth Bale was the sole Briton nominated, along with five men based in the English Premier League.

But - like Bale - Chelsea trio Thibaut Courtois, Diego Costa and Eden Hazard, plus Manchester United midfielder Angel Di Maria and Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, were all trimmed at the first stage.

That left a three-man shortlist of Messi, Neuer and Ronaldo...

Who voted for who?

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Ballon d'Or

The tactical voting (or stupid pettiness?) between the world's best two players continues. Neither Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi voted for the other.

Ronaldo's choices were Sergio Ramos, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema - in that order. Spot the link.

And Messi's picks were Angel Di Maria, Andres Iniesta and Javier Mascherano. Another not-so-hard-to-see connection there. Javier Mascherano?! Even Mrs Mascherano wouldn't have put her husband in the top three...

Who voted for who?

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Ballon d'Or

One of the most entertaining tasks after the Ballon d'Or announcement is poring through the complete breakdown of which players voted for who.

Last year Cristiano Ronaldo did not vote for Lionel Messi. And Lionel Messi did not vote for Cristiano Ronaldo. What about this year?

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Ronaldo
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Aidan Williams: Ronaldo a deserved winner, can't help feeling a bit disappointed for Neuer, been consistently brilliant lately.

Ryan Lobo: Congratulations CR7 - if only he had a better national team he would have probably won a World Cup!

Vote percentage

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Ballon d'Or

Fifa, being the transparent organisation that it is, has just released a breakdown of all the votes. And it wasn't even close...

Cristiano Ronaldo: 37.66%

Lionel Messi: 15.76%

Manuel Neuer: 15.72%.

CHAMPAGNE MOMENT

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Ballon d'Or!

More from the Real Madrid superstar: "I want to continue to work as I have so far, to try and and win more titles, for my mother, for my father, for my son. To all the Portuguese people out there: I never thought that I would take this trophy back on three occasions. I want to become one of the greatest players of all time."

CHAMPAGNE MOMENT

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Ballon d'Or!

Cristiano Ronaldo
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Cristiano Ronaldo finishes his acceptance speech with a bizarre whoop that slightly sounded like he might have been saying: "Boooom"! But I could be totally wrong.

His little lad appears from the crowd, toddling on to the stage, then is scooped up into his father's arms. "Ahhhh," coos presenter Kate Abdo.

CHAMPAGNE MOMENT

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Ballon d'Or!

Cristiano Ronaldo
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Cristiano Ronaldo: "I would like to thank all of those who voted for me, my president, my coach and Real Madrid. It has been an unforgettable year. To win this trophy at the end of it is something incredibly unique."

CHAMPAGNE MOMENT

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Ballon d'Or!

Cristiano Ronaldo is a man used to taking the acclaim of a crowd - but his stage is usually the football pitch, not a plastic plinth in Zurich.

He takes a moment to catch his breath, compose himself, before thanking the world for the award.

CHAMPAGNE MOMENT

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Ballon d'Or!

Cristiano Ronaldo
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Never in doubt, was it? The Real Madrid superstar bows his head and takes a deep breath as a super-super-slow mo camera captures the moment his name is revealed.

Ballon d'Or

Thierry Henry
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Former Arsenal, Barcelona and France striker Thierry Henry, looking dapper in his bow-tie, wanders on to the stage with the golden envelope.

He is tasked with revealing the winner, and is joined by Fifa president Sepp Blatter for the big moment. Thierry will give it some va va voom for sure.

Ballon d'Or nominee

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo
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Ballon d'Or nominee

Manuel Neuer

Manuel Neuer
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Ballon d'Or nominee

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi
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Ballon d'Or

The moment we have all been waiting for. The 2014 Ballon d'Or winner is going to be announced. Ready?

Fifa Women's Player of the Year

Nadine Kessler: "My heart is beating madly at the moment. I don't think I ever thought in my life I would achieve this moment.

"Our club has had the tragedy of Junior Malanda and that has overshadowed everything over the past few days, we are struggling to come to terms with that.

"Without my team-mates and my coach, this would never have bee possible. I have a great degree of gratitude that I must give to my family. They have seen me through all the difficult times."

CHAMPAGNE MOMENT

Fifa Women's Player of the Year - Nadine Kessler (Germany)

Nadine Kessler
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Nadine Kessler, the Wolfsburg and Germany midfielder, is overcome with emotion as her name is read out. The Kongresshaus in Zurich rises to its feet to applaud the 26-year-old as she walks to the stage to collect her award.

Fifa Women's World Player of the Year

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A final reminder of the nominees....

Nadine Kessler (Germany)

Marta (Brazil)

Abby Wambach (United States)

Fifa World Women's Player of the Year

Can Neuer become the first goalkeeper to win the Ballon d'Or? *Five-minute warning klaxon* We're are about to find out shortly.

Firstly, it is time for the Fifa Women's Player of the Year....

Ballon d'Or nominee

Pep Guardiola on Manuel Neuer: "He's the best ever in the world. He's a great, great man. He's smart, he anticipates the actions, he's very good with his feet. He controls, he dominates absolutely everything."

Ballon d'Or nominee

Time to hear all the lowdown on the final Ballon d'Or nominee - Germany and Bayern Munich sweeper - sorry, keeper - Manuel Neuer. He is quizzed by German-speaking presenter Kate Abdo, before listening to a message from his Bayern boss Pep Guardiola.

Puskas Award

Colombia midfielder James Rodriguez: "I'd like to thank everybody who has voted for me. This was a very special moment for me and everybody in Colombia. I'm very happy."

Watch the Real Madrid man's stunning volley against Uruguay in the World Cup quarter-final in the 'Highlights' tab on this page.

Puskas Award

James Rodriguez

James Rodriguez
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Christian Karembeu, who I'm sure scored many outrageous goals in his career, opens up the golden envelope. Irish striker Stephanie Roche closes her eyes and hopes for the best.

"And the winner is...James Rodriguez," mumbles the Frenchman. Stephanie can not hide that look of disappointment.

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James Earl Kiawoin: Stephanie Roche's goal was pure magic. It is the kind of goal that surprises you every time you watch it. Brilliant. Majestic.

Tom John: Robin van Persie's header is goal of the year. The improvisation and execution were unique. Never seen another goal like that.

Maarlon Fernandez: James Rodriguez is my pick for goal of the year - to do that type of volley in such a match is amazing!! What Technique!!

Puskas Award

Stephanie Roche is action for the Republic of Ireland against Russia in a World Cup qualifier in May
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Stephanie Roche scored a stunning goal for Peamount United

This award - named after legendary Hungary and Real Madrid striker Ferenc Puskas - is given to the player who scored 2014's most spectacular goal.

The three nominees are:

Ireland's Stephanie Roche for her stunning strike for Peamount United.

Netherlands striker Robin van Persie for his diving header against Spain.

Colombia midfielder James Rodriguez for his thumping volley against Uruguay.

Want to relive those goals again? Of course you do. Click the 'highlights' tab on this page to watch them.

Middlesbrough fans - one for you. A blast from the past as ex-Boro (and Real Madrid and Sampdoria) midfielder Christian Karembeu adds a serious element to proceedings. He speaks about the world's fight against Ebola, supported by messages from Cristiano Ronaldo, Didier Drogba and Philipp Lahm. "Avoid body contact," blurts out a stern-looking Ronaldo.

Fifa Women's Player of the Year

Abby Wambach
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Not long until the winner of this award is revealed. But before that, we have time for a quick word with each of the nominees as Martha, Abby Wambach and Nadine Kessler pop on to the stage for a quick chat.

Wambach talks about the forthcoming World Cup, before stepping in as Portuguese-speaker Martha's translator.

An aghast Cristiano Ronaldo stares at the stage as Bastian Baker does his thing. Lionel Messi, meanwhile, is almost scowling. Don't think they're going to listen to the free CD of his that they were given in their Ballon d'Or goody bag.

Time for a musical interlude. Bastian Baker, the fresh-faced Swiss popster (of course), does the honours. He enthusiastically blasts into his 'hit '79 Clinton Street' as a room full of footballers stare, less enthusiastically, at the stage.

We have gone all Eurovision. Where's Dana International when you need her...