Visualizing Voting for the 2012 Ballon d’Or
Lionel Messi won the Ballon d’Or earlier this week as the world’s best soccer (nay, fútbol) player, the fourth year in a row he’s been awarded such.
As ESPN’s Soccernet explains, voting is divided among national coaches, national team captains and media throughout the world.
Ramiro Gómez took the voting data to show how the voting network looks and works:
Messi received 41.60% of the voters’ points followed by Cristiano Ronaldo (23.68%), who did not seem to enjoy the ceremony that much, being 2nd for the 2nd time in a row and Andrés Iniesta (10.91%), who came in 3rd.
The above visualization shows the network of votes of the Ballon d’Or 2012. Voters and voted for players make up the 524 nodes of the graph. Node size is based on indegree. The 1513 edges are based on the given votes, with each of the voters having three votes: 1st place 5 points (thickest line), 2nd place 3 points, and 3rd place 1 point (thinnest line). Node color indicates either being a captain (red), coach (violet), journalist (blue), or player who did not vote (green).
Bonus, Part 01: Adidas’ lovely animated tribute to Messi’s accomplishments.
Bonus, Part 02: A 10-minute tribute to Messi’s record-breaking 91-goal season.
Images: Screenshots, Ballon d’Or 2012 Votes Network, by Ramiro Gómez. Select to embiggen.