The very best of the 2015 Ballon d’Or gala

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Lets get nuts and do some awards for an award show, shall we?

Best dressed: Paul Pogba (honorable mention: Samuel Eto’o)

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Paul Pogba is from the future. A very ornate future.

Most prepared nominee: Aya Miyama

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Of all the night’s award nominees, only one was smart enough to bring a ball and a pen for autographs. Well played, Aya.

Most intense cello performance: 2Cellos

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This is how they started the show. Nothing else lived up to this standard of intensity.

Most awkward moment: Cristiano Ronaldo introducing himself to Messi’s girlfriend

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Messi awkwardly caught in the middle. Neymar staring daggers. Whoever decided to seat Messi and Ronaldo next to each other deserves a promotion.

Most shocking result: Wendell Lira beating Alessandro Florenzi and Leo Messi to the Puskas Award

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Not only did Lira’s overhead kick beat out Florenzi’s incredibly angled bomb from distance and Messi’s typically brilliant solo run, he won it in a landslide. Don’t mess with Brazil in a vote that open to the public.

Best award acceptance moment: Carli Lloyd

And the winner is…. @CarliLloyd. #USWNT #BallondOr #CarliLloyd pic.twitter.com/Q60q7AcE5D — Womens Football Comp (@Jigsawwill) January 11, 2016

In a year where the men’s award was won by a fifth timer, it was nice to see the overwhelming emotion of someone being declared the best in the world for the first time in their life.

Most adorable wave: Thiago Messi (who appeared to have a few stitches on his eyebrow) during his dad’s Ballon d’Or acceptance speech

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He’s either waving or showing Cristiano Ronaldo how many Ballons d’Or his dad has.

Most wonderful absence: Sepp Blatter

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Blatter’s FIFA ban is just the gift that keeps on giving.