Ronaldo wins FIFA Ballon d'Or

By Drum Digital
14 January 2014

Cristiano Ronaldo has ended the four-year dominance of Lionel Messi when he was awarded the 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or in Zurich.

The tearful 28-year-old Real Madrid and Portugal star, who won the award in 2008, had been the overwhelming favourite to pip Barcelona and Argentina wonder Messi, winner the previous four years, and France's Franck Ribery, who claimed the treble with Bayern Munich in 2013.

Ronaldo won with 27.99% of the votes ahead of Messi (24.72%) while Ribery was third (23.36%) according to France Football, co-organisers of the award with FIFA.

"There are no words to describe how I feel," said Ronaldo.

"I'm delighted, I want to thank all my team-mates, all my family in the room.

"Those who know me know how many sacrifices I made to win this reward.

Real president Florentino Perez paid tribute to Ronaldo.

"The only thing I wish to say is that this Ballon d'Or is justified to be for Cristiano Ronaldo, it is recognition of hard work, talent, and a desire to win daily."

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