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ter City midfielder Samir
Nasri will be out for eight
weeks with a left knee in-
jury, robbing the team of
one of its most consistent
performers for a crucial
period of the season.
Nasri wrote on his Twitter
page yesterday that he par-
tially ruptured ligaments in
his knee when he was fouled
by Newcastle defender
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa in the
second half of City s 2-0 win
in the Premier League on
Sunday. He added that there
was also excess swelling on
"Thank you everyone for
your kind words and over-
whelming support," Nasri
wrote, "i suppose its kind of
good news that i will be out
around 8 weeks."
Nasri s prognosis allays
fears that the France interna-
tional could miss the World
Cup in Brazil.
The City games he is likely
to miss include both legs of
the last-16 match with
Barcelona in the Champions
League as well as the League
Cup final at Wembley Sta-
dium on March 2. (AP)
Nasri says he'll be out for 8 weeks
ZURICH---Cristiano Ronaldo has won the
FIFA Ballon d Or award for 2013, ending Lionel
Messi s four-year run as the world s best play-
er.Ronaldo scored 69 goals for Real Madrid and
Portugal last year, and his stunning hat-trick
against Sweden in a decisive World Cup playoff
was perhaps the defining individual perform-
"There are no words to describe this
moment," said Ronaldo, who was sobbing in
tears after accepting the trophy with his young
son, also named Cristiano, beside him on stage.
He defeated Barcelona s Messi and France
winger Franck Ribery, who helped Champions
League winner Bayern Munich to a sweep of
Voting was done by national team captains
and coaches, plus selected journalists, in FIFA s
209 member countries who chose their top-
In a tight race, Ronaldo received 1,365 points,
Messi had 1,205 and Ribery got 1,127.
Ronaldo rolled back his head and closed his
eyes, grinning, when Brazil great Pele, after a
dramatic pause and smile, read out his name.
He kissed his girlfriend, model Irina Shayk,
before going up to the stage.
"People who know me know how many peo-
ple helped me," the emotional winner said in
Portuguese. "If I have forgotten anyone, I do
apologise because I am deeply moved."
Pele greeted Ronaldo minutes after he also
cried on stage when collecting an honourary
Ballon d Or for his own outstanding career.
Ronaldo had to wait five years since first
winning the award as a Manchester United
player, as Messi found a way to overshadow
him in each of the past four years---despite the
Portugal winger s prolific scoring for Madrid.
However, Ronaldo was heavily favoured this
time after FIFA extended the balloting deadline
beyond the World Cup playoffs in November
and allowed voters to change preferences.
The Portugal star s display in Stockholm was
so impressive it seemed certain to sway voters
at a time when Messi was sidelined by his third
injury of the year.
Still, FIFA spokesman Walter De Gregorio
said yesterday the standings were unchanged
by the voting rules adjustment, which raised
the turnout from around 50 to 88 per cent.
Germany dominated the other major awards,
with goalkeeper Nadine Angerer named
women s player of the year ahead of United
States forward Abby Wambach, last year s win-
ner, and Marta of Brazil.
Though Ribery lost, Bayern got one victory
as Jupp Heynckes won the coaching award for
leading the team to a Champions League, Bun-
desliga and national cup treble last season before
he retired. Heynckes defeated Juergen Klopp,
whose Borussia Dortmund team lost the all-
German Champions League final, and Alex
Ferguson, who retired after winning another
Premier League title for Manchester United.
Germany national team coach Sylvia Neid
won the women s award, beating Sweden coach
Pia Sundhage and Ralf Kellermann, who led
Wolfsburg to the Champions League title.
The World XI elected by players in the FIFPro
group of national unions was: Manuel Neuer
(Bayern Munich, Germany); Dani Alves
(Barcelona, Brazil), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid,
Spain), Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain,
Brazil), Philipp Lahm (Bayern, Germany); Andres
Iniesta (Barcelona, Spain), Xavi Hernandez
(Barcelona, Spain), Ribery (Bayern, France);
Ronaldo (Madrid, Portugal), Zlatan Ibrahimovic
(PSG, Sweden), and Messi (Barcelona, Argenti-
Ibrahimovic won a fans online vote to get
the Puskas Award for best goal, a long-range
bicycle kick for Sweden against England in a
November 2012 friendly.
Blatter gave his presidential award to Jacques
Rogge, the IOC President for 12 years until
reaching his term limit last September.
The Afghanistan football federation got the
fair play award after hosting its first international
match in more than a decade.
Pele, viewed by many as the greatest footballer
ever, finally received a Ballon d Or trophy which
he could never get during his career when the
original prize created by France Football mag-
azine in 1956 was restricted to European players.
The FIFA "dream team" with the best goal keeper, defenders, midfielders and forwards stands on the stage. Front row from left: Daniel Alves,
Barcelona and Brazil, Thiago Silva, Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil, Sergio Ramos, Real Madrid and Spain, Philipp Lahm, Bayern Munich and
Germany, Manuel Neuer, Bayern Munich and Germany, back row from left: Lionel Messi, Barcelona and Argentina, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paris Saint-
Germain, Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid and Portugal, Franck Ribery, Bayern Munich and Germany and Xavi Hernandez, Barcelona and Spain.
Ronaldo wins FIFA
best player award
Christiano Ronaldo of Portugal holds the
trophy for world player of the year
Brazil's soccer legend Pele displays the
Nadine Angerer of Germany is awarded the
prize for the FIFA Women's football player of
the year. AP PHOTOS
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