Journalist Hiroshi Kagawa has won the 2014 FIFA Presidential Award for his contributions to football.
Just before he stepped on the stage to receive his award, FIFA President Sepp Blatter had encouraging words to say:
"He has dedicated his live to sharing the magic and drama of our sport with others. He is a former player who became a journalist whose work has the respect of many.
"He covered his first World Cup in Germany 1974 and has raised football's profile in Japan and Asia. Few can match his commitment."
When Kagawa himself took to the stage, he gave a humbling speech, deflecting attention away from himself and onto today's biggest award, the FIFA Ballon d'Or Award.
"I'm very proud to attend this wonderful ceremony," he begins. "This is the greatest honour to be presented with this award.
"In 1979 Mr Blatter was part of the Fifa organising committee of a youth tournament in Japan. Unfortunately my English has not made any progress since that tournament!
"So I was sceptical about coming to the this ceremony today. But my friends in Japan said I must come - even if only to meet Manuel Neuer, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, and bring back some autographs."