Ahead of Lionel Messi and Manuel Neuer as Real Madrid star makes it two in a row
- Cristiano Ronaldo has been crowned as the 2014 Ballon d’Or winner
- Lionel Messi and Manuel Neuer were also on the three-man shortlist
- The trio were all included in the FIFPro World Team of the Year
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Cristiano Ronaldo has been crowned with the 2014 Ballon d’Or award after being named as the world’s best player for a second successive year.
The 29-year-old pipped Manuel Neuer and perennial rival Lionel Messi to the gong after a stellar 12 months.
Ronaldo played an integral role for Real Madrid as they won four trophies during the previous calendar year, scoring a stunning 56 goals in 51 appearances as the Spanish giants collected the Copa del Rey, Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and the Club World Cup.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been crowned with the 2014 Ballon d’Or award after a stellar 12 months
FIFA President Sepp Blatter (right) congratulates Ronaldo on winning the award
Ronaldo shows his emotions after beating Lionel Messi and Manuel Neuer to the coveted gong
Ronaldo (right) celebrates with his son Cristiano Jr on stage after winning the FIFA Ballon d’Or 2014
The maverick forward (left) poses with his award with FIFA Women’s Player of the Year Nadine Kessler
Ronaldo was looking to win the Ballon d’Or award for a second successive year and the third-time in his career
Ronaldo (left) enjoys a selfie with Marta before the FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala on Monday evening
The Portugal superstar shakes hands with UEFA President Michel Platini before the gala
The 29-year-old played an integral role as Real Madrid won the Champions League last season
Ronaldo scored a staggering 56 goals in 51 appearances for Real as they won four trophies in 2014
‘I can see my mother, my family. I would like to thank all those who voted for me. My coach, my fellow player, the President of my club,’ Ronaldo said after collecting the award from Thierry Henry.
‘It’s been an unforgettable year. To win this trophy, a trophy of this kind, is something unique and all I can say is I want to continue working as I have so far, trying to go on to more titles – individual and as a team – for my mother, my father who is up there looking at there any my son.
‘I want to get better as the days go by. I want to say to all the Portuguese that I never thought I could win this trophy on three different occasions.
‘Of course it is something that is always with me, I want to become one of the greatest players of all time, and this requires a lot so I would like to thank you for all this evening. BOOM!’
Neuer (left) signs autographs on the red carpet ahead of the Ballon d’Or Gala on Monday evening
Neuer (left) was a mainstay in the Bayern team that won the Bundesliga and DFB Pokal Cup last season
The 28-year-old’s brilliant year was completed by helping Germany to win the World Cup last summer
Messi (right) arrived on to the red carpet with his partner Antonella Roccuzzo
The diminutive superstar is mobbed by fans on the carpet as he signs autographs
Messi (centre right) captained Argentina to the World Cup final where they lost to Germany after extra-time
The 27-year-old (centre) scored 50 goals in 52 appearances for Barcelona last season
The trio were all included in the FIFPro World Team of the Year which is selected by their peers
Source : Daily Mail