Cristiano Ronaldo Wins 2013 FIFA Best Player Award

Above: Cristiano Ronaldo accepts the 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or
Above: Cristiano Ronaldo accepts the 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or

Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has been awarded the 2013 FIFA Ballon d’Or award at a ceremony in Zurich, Switzerland.

Ronaldo went into the ceremony as an astonishing best price 50-1 ON to claim the prize. He had a sensational year on the field scoring 69 goals for Real Madrid and Portugal, and his stunning hat trick against Sweden in a decisive World Cup playoff was perhaps the defining individual performance.

“There are no words to describe this moment,” said the 28-year-old, who was sobbing in tears after accepting the trophy with his young son, also named Cristiano, beside him on stage.

The win ends Barcelona’s Lionel Messi’s four-year run as the world’s best player. Ronaldo had previously won the award in 2008, during his time with Manchester United.

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