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Ronaldo wins Ballon d’Or as he trumps Messi and Ribery to be named the greatest player on the planet

Cristiano Ronaldo has been crowned the FIFA World Player of the Year for the second time, breaking the stranglehold of his great adversary Lionel Messi.

The Real Madrid superstar saw off competition from Barcelona’s Messi and Bayern Munich’s Franck Ribery to claim the coveted Ballon d’Or.

An emotional Ronaldo walked onto the stage to collect his award with his son Cristiano and couldn’t hold back the tears as he was presented with the trophy.

 

Family time: A tearful Ronaldo was on stage with his son Cristiano to collect the award
All smiles: Ronaldo couldn't help but grin broadly when he posed with the trophy

Emotional: Ronaldo couldn’t hold back the tears as he was presented with the Ballon d’Or

 

Winner: Pele holds up Ronaldo's son Cristiano as the Portuguese star picks up his award
Winner: Pele holds up Ronaldo’s son Cristiano as the Portuguese star picks up his award

 

Unbelievable: Ronaldo scored a wonderful hat-trick for Portugal against Sweden to send them into the World Cup
Unbelievable: Ronaldo scored a wonderful hat-trick for Portugal against Sweden to send them into the World Cup

 

Prolific: He scored 34 goals in La Liga alone last year for Real Madrid
Prolific: He scored 34 goals in La Liga alone last year for Real Madrid

The 28-year-old was honored after scoring 66 goals in 56 appearances for club and country Portugal in 2013 as he finally reclaimed the trophy he last held in 2008.

Though Ronaldo did not win any major trophies in 2013, he did score all four goals as Portugal beat Sweden in the World Cup play-offs to secure their place in Brazil this summer.

‘There are no words to describe this moment,’ Ronaldo said, wiping away tears.

‘I want to thank all my colleagues and companions at Real Madrid, in the Portuguese team and my family who are here with me.

‘Those who know me, know that many people help me: my manager, our President, and i don’t want to forget to mention Eusebio. My girlfriend and my son too. I am deeply moved.’

Glamorous: Ronaldo with his girlfriend Irina Shark during the awards ceremony
Glamorous: Ronaldo with his girlfriend Irina Shark during the awards ceremony

 

Waiting game: Ronaldo was on stage before the Ballon d'Or as he was named in the team of the year
Waiting game: Ronaldo was on stage before the Ballon d’Or as he was named in the team of the year

 

Best of friends: Ronaldo receiving his award for being in the FIFPro team of the year
Best of friends: Ronaldo receiving his award for being in the FIFPro team of the year

 

Famous faces: Pele takes the applause of the audience next to Ruud Gullit and model Fernando Lima

Famous faces: Pele takes the applause of the audience next to Ruud Gullit and model Fernando Lima

 

Respect: Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic after their World Cup play-off
Respect: Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic after their World Cup play-off

 

Nominees: The trio of Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Franck Ribery before the ceremony
Nominees: The trio of Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Franck Ribery before the ceremony

 

Incomparable: Legendary striker Pele won an honourary prize at the Gala in Zurich
Incomparable: Legendary striker Pele won an honourary prize at the Gala in Zurich

 

Emotional: The Brazilian couldn't keep back the tears
Emotional: The Brazilian couldn't keep back the tears

Master: The Brazilian couldn’t keep back the tears when he was on the stage

 

Bayern Munich were recognised for a record-breaking year as Jupp Heynckes was presented with the Coach of the Year Award ahead of Sir Alex Ferguson and Jurgen Klopp.

Heynckes led Bayern to the Bundesliga title, the German Cup and the Champions League in 2013 before retiring.

‘It is a great honour to win this award today because it is an innovation that someone who has retired should receive such a distinction,’ Heynckes said.

‘It means an awful lot to pick up this award at the end of my career. It is not just down to me but the whole club of Bayern Munich.’

Out at the top: Retied Jupp Heynckes was named Coach of the Year after winning the Champions League
Out at the top: Retied Jupp Heynckes was named Coach of the Year after winning the Champions League

 

Former Manchester United boss Ferguson did not attend the ceremony as he is on holiday in Barbados.

An emotional Pele was presented with the inaugural Ballon d’Or Prix d’Honneur.

The Brazilian legend said: ‘I played for almost 30 years and I got so many trophies and prizes but I was jealous because all those guys used to get the Ballon d’Or and I did not play in Europe.

‘Now, thanks to God, I have completed my trophy haul!’

The team of the year featured Manuel Neuer in goal, Philipp Lahm, Sergio Ramos, Thiago Silva and Dani Alves in defence, midfielders Andres Iniesta, Xavi and Ribery with Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Messi in attack.

As for the goal of the year, Ibrahimovic won after scoring his stunning overhead volley against England during a friendly in November 2012.

Stunner: Zlatan Ibrahimovic won the Puskas prize for the best goal of the year for his goal against England
Stunner: Zlatan Ibrahimovic won the Puskas prize for the best goal of the year for his goal against England 

 

 

Source : Daily Mail

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