Baku. 13 January. REPORT.AZ/ The names of footballers voted by Azerbaijani representatives in the selection of the best footballer of 2014 were announced. Report informs, captain Rashad Sadigov came to the conclusion that Cristiano Ronaldo deserves "Golden Ball" more than Manuel Neuer and Arjen Robben.
Rasim Movsumov, as a worker of media, voted Cristiano Ronaldo for the first place, Philip Lam for the second and Arjen Robben for the third place. According to selection, Ronaldo became a winner of Ballon d'Or 2014-2015.
As he said to Report, 42-year-old specialist Mahmud Kurbanov, as a head coach, voted Arjen Robbeni for the first place and Cristiano Ronaldo for the third place. He considered Angel Di Maria to rank the second place.
The head coaches of 181 countries' team, 182 captains, as well as 181 media representatives attended the voting. Cristiano Ronaldo 37.66 percent of the votes of the "Golden Ball" was a master. Lionel Messi (15.76%) in the second, Manuel Neuer (15,72%) took third place.
Cristiano Ronaldo won the "Golden Ball" by 37.66% of votes. Lionel Messi ranked (15.76%) the second place and Manuel Neuer (15,72%) the third place.
The original Ballon d'Or, which translates as 'the Golden Ball', was an association football award presented to the European player to have shown the best performance in the previous year. A change of rules in 1995 extended the eligibility of the award to non-European players if they were enlisted with a European club. Since 2007, all professional players, no matter where they come from or who they play for, could be nominated.
Coaches, captains and journalists cast their votes each year for their favourite players. Players are judged not only on their technical skills but also on their sociability and disposition.
This year's the Ballon d'Or is awarded to either Portugal forward top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo, Argentina forward Lionel Messi or Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.