Falcao and Iniesta the top players in 2013 according to Ronaldo and Messi

For the 2nd time in his career a visibly moved Cristiano Ronaldo won the FIFA Ballon d'Or. Although many people expected him to win in 2013, the final vote tally reveals a tighter finish than in the past year:

Ronaldo scored 66 goals in 56 matches in 2013 (Messi 91 goals in 2012) but didn't win important titles, Ribéry won 5 in 2013. Still Ronaldo, who certainly benefited from the extension of the voting period, has had a tremendous year and many regard him as the best player in his current form.

Voting Breakdown

Let's see which players scored best with the individual groups of voters.

Captains Votes

Captains Votes

Coaches Votes

Coaches Votes

Media Votes

Media Votes

So Ribéry won media pretty clearly and Ronaldo won coaches and captains.

How Messi, Ronaldo and Ibrahimovic voted

Some tidbits from the voting behaviour of these 3 team captains, who all played on a top level in 2013.

Cristiano Ronaldo voted

  1. Radamel Falcao
  2. Gareth Bale
  3. Mesut Özil

Lionel Messi voted

  1. Andrés Iniesta
  2. Xavi
  3. Neymar

Zlatan Ibrahimovic voted

  1. Franck Ribéry
  2. Lionel Messi
  3. Cristiano Ronaldo

Unsurprisingly, neither Ronaldo nor Messi wanted to help their main competitors. Both prefer their team mates with the exception of Ronaldo's number 1 Radamel Falcao. I was a bit surprised to see Zlatan Ibrahimovic not voting for himself 3 times, if someone was capable of doing so, it was certainly him ;-)

Be it as it is congratulations to Cristiano Ronaldo for winning the Ballon d'Or, to Lionel Messi for being the best dressed person at the ceremony and to Franck Ribéry for taking it like a champ!

Nominee reaction

About the Visualization

The network graph is interactive, you can click on nodes to highlight their connections or search nodes from the top menu. You can zoom in and out with the mouse wheel and move the graph by clicking and dragging the mouse.

Players are colored in red, captains in a darker red brown tone, coaches in dark and media people in light blue. For voters in the graph (captains, coaches, media people) the vote breakdown is shown when the mouse is moved over the corresponding node.

The voting data is retrieved from this PDF document. The graph file was created with a Python script and preprocessed using the Gephi visualization platform to apply a Force Atlas layout as well as node sizing and coloring. The interactive version is rendered with the JavaScript library sigma.js.