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The Czech Republic international broke his nose in Monday's match against Aston Villa

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(Clockwise starting top-left) Vicent Kompany, Radamel Falcao, Robin van Persie, Mesut Ozil, Diego Costa, Marco Reus, Neymar, Luis Suarez and Peter Cech (centre)

FifPro announces reserve Teams of the Year - but Luis Suarez and Arjen Robben won't be laughing while Iker Casillas is somehow named the second best goalkeeper of 2013

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Clarence Seedorf pictured after winning the Champions League with AC Milan in 2007

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The former Netherlands international has hung up his boots to take the position

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Serbia international Matic looks set for a second spell at Stamford Bridge, but will it be more successful than his first?

Fifa Ballon d'Or: Cristiano Ronaldo is not yet a legend, says Pele

The Real Madrid forward must continue to work hard says the three-time World Cup winner

Lionel Messi and Antonella Roccuzzo
The FifPro Team of the Year: (Back L-R) Lionel Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Cristiano Ronaldo, Franck Ribery, Xavi. (Front L-R) Dani Alves, Thiago Silva, Sergio Ramos, Phillip Lahm and Manuel Neuer (missing Andres Iniesta).

Fifa Ballon d'Or: Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi fail to vote for each other, while Steven Gerrard picks a Liverpool team-mate

Vincent Kompany takes the award for most bemusing choice after he leaves out both eventual winner Ronaldo and four-time holder Messi from his choice

Cristiano Ronaldo fights back tears after winning the Fifa Ballon d'Or award

Cristiano Ronaldo admits Rio Ferdinand attempted to persuade him into a Manchester United return following Ballon d'Or success

Ronaldo has confirmed that he seriously considered a return to Old Trafford when his future was uncertain last summer before he signed a new £76m contract

The Sport Matrix: Tuesday 14 January 2014

Gunners survive late scare to top the table again

Fifa Ballon d'Or: Cristiano Ronaldo in numbers

The Real Madrid forward was today anointed the world's best player

Fifa Ballon d'Or: Cristiano Ronaldo unable to hold back tears after beating Lionel Messi and Franck Ribery to award

The Real Madrid forward wins the award for the second time in his career

Jupp Heynckes dances the night away

Fifa Ballon d'Or: Jupp Heynckes beats Sir Alex Ferguson to coach of the year award following Bayern Munich success

Heynckes, like Ferguson, retired at the end of last season

Lionel Messi is among the XI

Fifa Ballon d'Or: No Premier League players in FIFPro World XI team of the year

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