Ronaldo captures Ballon d'Or, a prestigious, yet checkered prize
But more than Ronaldo's goals, Ribery's trophies or Messi's injuries, this Ballon D'Or will be the one that almost ate itself. Blatter's 'Commander' impression, the voting change, the public lobbying, teammates voting for their man: this prize used to be about football, but is now about politics. France Football admitted as much: "Since FIFA's association [in 2010], it has become a sort of Holy Grail, whose quest is as fundamental as the prestige that accompanies it." I guess that's what happens when you get into bed with FIFA.