So, why did Mourinho snub Spanish football's big night at the Ballon d'Or gala
15:41 GMT, 9 January 2013
15:52 GMT, 9 January 2013
Amidst the glitz and glamour of the Ballon d'Or gala night, one of football's most famous faces was missing.
But Jose Mourinho's absence wasn't a calculated snub in protest at the Barcelona dominance, as many have been speculated.
The Real Madrid boss, who missed out on coach of the year to Spain's Vicente del Bosque, claimed initially that he would miss the event in order to swat up on Celta Vigo, his team's next opponents.
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However, Spanish newspaper AS has revealed that Mourinho was in fact in Madrid, watching his son in action for CD Canillas.
According to the report, the former Chelsea and Inter Milan manager arrived at around 7.45pm and was accompanied by two bodyguards.
It was about that time in Zurich that Lionel Messi was being awarded his fourth consecutive Ballon d'Or, ahead of Barca team-mate Andres Iniesta and Real star Cristiano Ronaldo.
**Click here to see video of Mourinho at the match in Madrid