The very best of the 2015 Ballon d’Or gala

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

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

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

Most prepared nominee: Aya Miyama

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

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

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

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 — 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


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

Most wonderful absence: Sepp Blatter


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