Ronaldo scoops Ballon d'Or

Cristiano Ronaldo has won the 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or at an awards ceremony in Zurich.

Last Updated: 14/01/14 at 08:28 Post Comment

An emotional Cristiano Ronaldo had to fight back the tears after ending four years of Lionel Messi domination to win the FIFA Ballon d'Or and the right to be called the best player on the planet once again.

Ronaldo has won the award once before, back in 2008 while at Manchester United, but since then he has had to play second fiddle to Messi in the voting, finishing runner-up three times as the Argentinian claimed the crown on four successive occasions.

That is despite the Portugal international putting up incredible figures for Real Madrid - he has scored 231 goals in 222 games for the Spanish giants - which at any other time would surely have been enough to win a host of gongs, as Messi has.

The problem for Ronaldo has been that Messi, and his club Barcelona, have been in record-breaking form in recent years and few could deny the Argentinian ace deserved his place as the game's leading light.

No more, though.

Ronaldo was on Monday night awarded with the 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or at a ceremony in Zurich after securing 1,365 points in the voting, with Messi having to settle for second place with 1,205 and France international Franck Ribery third with 1,127.

Ronaldo did not win any silverware with Madrid last year but he was in phenomenal goalscoring form, netting 69 times for club and country, including all four goals in Portugal's 4-2 aggregate victory over Sweden in the World Cup qualifying play-offs.

In accepting the award, a teary and humble Ronaldo was quick to highlight the support of his team-mates.

He said: "I have no words to describe this moment. Thanks to all of my team-mates, at Real Madrid and the national team.

"Without all of their efforts this would not have been possible. I am very happy, it is very difficult to win this award.

"Everybody that has been involved with me on a personal level I have to thank. My partner, my friends, my son. It is a tremendously emotional moment. All I can say is thank you to everybody that has been involved."

In the mixed zone afterwards, the Portugal captain was quoted as saying by AS: "I don't know if it's fair or not. Ribery could have won it as much as me.

"I've had a very good season at an individual level. I want to be here again next year and win it again.

"My mum (who was in attendance) cries very easily and when I saw her crying it made me cry as well. I'm an emotional person."

On his rivalry with Messi, the 28-year-old added: "I have a very professional relationship with Messi, he's a player I admire. I'm happy to compete with the best. I'm going to try win things with Madrid and the national team, and I hope to be here (again next year) and win."

Messi had held exclusive rights to the award in recent seasons as he became the first player to win the Ballon d'Or four consecutive times.

He too had another memorable year in 2013, but it was not quite enough to see him claim a fifth successive gong and he hailed Ronaldo as a just winner.

"I want to congratulate Cristiano because he was the winner and deservedly so. I think it was a good year for the three of us and that's why we were there. I have nothing to complain about or make any excuses," said the 26-year-old, who again caught the attention at the gala with his fashion choice as he wore a shiny burgundy three-piece suit.

Just behind the duo in the voting - made by national team coaches and captains plus members of the international media - was Ribery, who finished in the top three for the first time.

The Frenchman's efforts helped Bayern enjoy a record-breaking year which saw them become the first German team to win the treble of Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup in the same season. Bayern also lifted the European Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup in 2013.

In some of the other awards, Germany goalkeeper Nadine Angerer won the women's top prize for the first time while Jupp Heynckes was named men's FIFA World Coach of the Year.

Heynckes presided over Bayern's unforgettable 2012/13 campaign before stepping down at the end of the season. In the voting he collected more than double the points of second-placed Jurgen Klopp, the Borussia Dortmund boss, with former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson finishing in third spot.

List of FIFA Award winners:

2013 Ballon d'Or: 1 Cristiano Ronaldo; 2 Lionel Messi; 3 Franck Ribery.

Women's world player of the year: 1 Nadine Angerer; 2 Abby Wambach; 3 Marta.

World coach of the year (men's football): 1 Jupp Heynckes; 2 Jurgen Klopp; 3 Sir Alex Ferguson.

World coach of the year (women's football): 1 Silvia Neid; 2 Ralf Kellermann; 3 Pia Sundhage.

Puskas Award: 1 Zlatan Ibrahimovic; 2 Nemanja Matic; 3 Neymar.

FIFPro World XI: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich and Germany); Dani Alves (Barcelona and Brazil), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich and Germany), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid and Spain), Thiago Silva (Paris St Germain and Brazil); Andres Iniesta (Barcelona and Spain), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich and France), Xavi (Barcelona and Spain), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid and Portugal), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris St Germain and Sweden), Lionel Messi (Barcelona and Argentina).

Ballon d'Or Prix d'Honneur: Pele.

Fair Play Award: Afghanistan Football Federation.

Presidential Award: Jacques Rogge.

New Sky Bet customers: Free matched bet up to £30

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments


ow is the time for Allardyce to finally get a chance at a big club please. He is likely to have a number of great offers for his services this summer, but who will he choose? Will it be Liverpool, Real Madrid, Dortmund or Man City?

Allardyce leaves West Ham


thought exactly this when the Match of the Day pundits were peddling this line. Is it really not okay for fans of a club to have some ambition these days then?

Bored Of Big Sam? It's Your Right...


ow magnanimous off him - to leave if he's asked to by the owners? What's the alternative, bunker down in his office claiming squatter's rights if FSG want rid?

feed the bear
Rodgers: I'll go if owners want

Footer 365

Middlesbrough 0-2 Norwich: Cameron Jerome and Nathan Redmond strike as Canaries seal immediate return to Premier League

Norwich City gained promotion to the Premier League with a 2-0 victory over Middlesbrough in the Championship play-off final at Wembley.

Yaya Toure will stay at Manchester City, insists agent Dimitri Seluk

Yaya Toure will stay at Manchester City, according to his agent.

UEFA chief Michel Platini says it would be good for football if Sepp Blatter loses FIFA election

Michel Platini is backing Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan in Friday’s FIFA presidential election.

Mail Box

Can We Combine Danny And Theo?

The finishing of Theo Walcott and the hold-up play of Danny Welbeck would be just perfect. Plus, lots of Brendan Rodgers, some Big Sam and all hail Degsy...

Only One Real Manager Of The Year

Winning the Premier League with the best squad in the Premier League is only par; Ronald Koeman did a whole lot better. Plus, the last word on Raheem and...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company