Cristiano Ronaldo wins FIFA Ballon d’Or

Ahead of Lionel Messi and Manuel Neuer as Real Madrid star makes it two in a row 

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

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 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

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 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

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 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

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

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) 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

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

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

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 

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

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 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

 

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