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Brisbane Roar keeper Angerer lands FIFA Ballon d'Or

Brisbane Roar goalkeeper Nadine Angerer has landed the FIFA Ballon d'Or as the Women's World Footballer of the Year for 2013.

The 35-year old Germany international was crowned at FIFA's official awards ceremony in Zurich on Monday night, winning the award after a fine 2013, which included captaining Germany to the UEFA European Championships title and being named the UEFA Best Women's Player in Europe.

"I have to say that I'm a little surprised, but very thankful," Angerer said.

"I have to thank everybody that voted for me and I just want to pay my respects to Marta and Abby who have had an incredible year too."

The FIFA Ballon d'Or is voted by national team coaches and captains and selected international media representatives and the 35-year-old claimed the 2013 gong on 612 points ahead of last year's winner Abby Wambach of the USA (539 points) five-time victor Marta from Brazil (493 points).

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