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Cristiano Ronaldo Wins 2013 Ballon d’Or Award

Cristiano Ronaldo is the recipient of the 2013 Ballon d’Or Award, beating fellow world superstars Leo Messi and Franck Ribery to win the prestigious award.

For the past three years, Messi has won the Ballon d’Or while Ronaldo has been runner-up. But in a 2013 year where Messi’s season was disrupted by injury, Ronaldo was able to continue playing at the top of his game and climbing to new heights to finish off the year in style, which culminated in Ronaldo helping Portugal reach the 2014 World Cup. This summer, Portugal will face the United States in the 2014 World Cup.

This is the second time that Ronaldo has won the Ballon d’Or Award. The first time he won it was in 2008 when he was at Manchester United.

Congratulations to Ronaldo, and commiserations to Franck Ribery and Leo Messi.

Watch Cristiano Ronaldo’s 2013 accomplishment of 69 goals and 17 assists in competitive games:

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In addition to Ronaldo winning the award, Pele received the Ballon d’Or Prix d’Honneur from FIFA as a honorary award, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic won goal of the year and Jupp Heynckes won coach of the year.

In accepting the award, Pele said:

“I promised to my family that I would not cry but I am emotional. First of all I have to thank God for giving me the health to play so many years.

“Of course I did not play alone. When we talk about my friends people remember the players but we don’t have to forget the guy who cleaned the shoes, the masseur – I had a lot of good people on my side. I have to share with them all this trophy.

“I got so many trophies and prizes but I was jealous because all of those guys who got the Ballon d’Or, which I couldn’t get because I didn’t play in Europe. Now I thank God that I can complete my trophies at home.”

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  1. Ianor

    January 14, 2014 at 12:37 am

    My friend we are not talking aboat the premierleague i.e suarez,suarez or toure. This is the best 11 in world football and those guys are no where near this choosen players.

  2. dust

    January 13, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    That world 11 was a joke..Ramos? lol how Zabaleta wasn’t the right back is beyond me, Just as ignoring YaYa the 3 time african player of the year was ignored Suarez and Aguero, Lewandowski were ignored too.

    Ribery is still up on sex with a prostitute who was a minor charges right? what a Farce FIFA are.

    The fact Zlatan’s goal from nov 2012 was the 2013 calendar year winner is also a joke. there was no goal in 2013 worthy? Really?

    The sad reality is it could get worse if Blatter goes too, it would mean Sin bin advocate platini would be the likely successor…what a sham! Scudamore should get it, will never happen tho..

    • Flyvanescence

      January 13, 2014 at 8:11 pm

      Ok . . . There are 4 forwards in the world xi already. (Apparently they are counting Ribery as a midfielder.)

      Aguero, Suarez and Lewandowski have been great but all are CFs and none were as good as Ibrahimovic. Messi being the best player in the world gets him in at RF even on a down year. Which of those guys plays on the right ever?

      Yaya Toure i bloody agree with you. Xavi and Iniesta just seem to get their names penciled in every year regardless. Xavi was NOT better than Yaya Toure or Schweinsteiger. And to be fair, Ribery was not the best left winger this year (Ronaldo was obviously); therefore i would put both Schweini and Yaya in ahead of Ribery and Xavi. The love affair with Barcelona (and Madrid to a lesser extent) has to stop.

      Cant really make a case for Zabaleta over Lahm either, much as id like to.

  3. jtm371

    January 13, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Good show music performance was hideous.Pele was Pele a performer well deserved award for him.CR7 was a easy choice with Messi being injured.Ribery never in the running.

    • Evan

      January 13, 2014 at 5:31 pm

      Reading that comment hurt my head.

      • jtm371

        January 13, 2014 at 5:34 pm

        I’ll send you a couple of aspirin.CHEERS

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