FIFA Ballon D'Or Voting Analysis: One for the Stat Geeks

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FIFA Ballon D'Or Voting Analysis: One for the Stat Geeks
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The FIFA Ballon d'Or has been won by Lionel Messi. Again. Honestly, there is no big news there. It is what pretty much everyone expected.

However, while everyone was waiting to see what Cristiano Ronaldo's facial expression would be when Messi's name was announced, or the brand of the suit Messi was wearing, I was regularly refreshing the FIFA Ballon d'Or homepage for an entirely different reason.

At the moment Messi was receiving the Ballon d'Or I was receiving my own personal chunk of gold in the form of a PDF document, or rather, three PDF documents, detailing all the voting statistics for the award, captain by captain, coach by coach, and media delegate by media delegate.

My first piece was a guide to who had voted for who that I published yesterday. 

Now it is time to take a more critical and qualitative look and count up all the numbers to see what conclusions we can take (or make up) from these votes...

Here are the complete PDFs for anyone who is interested:

Votes for Player of the Year.

Votes for Coach of the Year.





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