Cristiano Ronaldo bags Ballon d’Or award

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Zurich, Switzerland (4E Sports) – Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo bagged the Ballon d’Or after a stunning year highlighted by 69 goals in 59 games.

“Thank you to everyone, my teammates, the national team and my family, to everyone here. Eusebio and Mandela were very important for me, I can’t speak,” Ronaldo said after receiving the award.

With his scoring performance last year, Ronaldo surpassed Hugo Sanchez in his club’s scoring charts and matched Portugal legend Pauleta at the top of his country’s list with 47 in 109 games.

Fourteen of Ronaldo’s goals came in the Champions League as Real Madrid reached the semifinals before being beaten by Borussia Dortmund. That total eclipsed the record of 13 achieved in the season before by Lionel Messi.

Ronaldo’s 2013 goal tally has overshadowed those of his two Ballon d’Or rivals, Messi and Franck Ribery. He is also top scorer in all of Europe’s biggest leagues.

Other winners were:

FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year: Nadine Angerer

FIFA Men’s Football Coach of the Year: Jupp Heynckes

FIFA Women’s Football Coach of the Year: Silvia Neid

FIFA Presidential Award: Jacque Rogge

FIFA Fair Play Award: Afghanistan Football Federation

FIFA Puskas Award: Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Sweden v England

Ballon d’Or Prix d’Honneur: Pele


Goalkeeper: Manuel Neuer – Bayern Munich

Defender: Philipp Lahm – Bayern Munich

Defender: Sergio Ramos – Real Madrid

Defender: Thiago Silva – PSG

Defender: Dani Alves – FC Barcelona

Midfielder: Andres Iniesta – FC Barcelona

Midfielder: Xavi Hernandez – FC Barcelona

Midfielder: Franck Ribery – Bayern Munich

Forward: Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrd

Forward: Zlatan Ibrahimovic – PSG

Forward: Lionel Messi – FC Barcelona

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