Tuesday, January 14, 2014

PHOTOS: Ronaldo wins 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or

Cristiano Ronaldo has been named the 2013 Ballon d'Or winner by FIFA ahead of Lionel Messi and Franck Ribery.
A bumper year for Ronaldo saw him scoop football's most prestigious individual award at FIFA's gala evening in Zurich. The Real Madrid winger was heavy favourite prior to the announcement on Monday, having scored 66 goals in 56 games for club and country throughout the year as well as sealing 2014 World Cup qualification for Portugal by scoring a brilliant hat-trick against Sweden in their play-off match. It is the second time Ronaldo has won the award, the first coming in 2008.
Messi, who had been named winner for the past four years, missed the last six weeks of the year through injury but had scored 42 goals in 45 appearances for Barcelona and Argentina as well as winning La Liga and the Copa del Rey. Ribery enjoyed a treble-winning season with Bayern Munich, completing the Bundesliga, German Cup and Champions League trio and also helped France qualify for the World Cup.

Pele, who opened the golden envelope to announce Ronaldo as World Player of the Year, earlier won the first ever Ballon d'Or Prix d'Honneur award.
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 Congratulations to CR.

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