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Monday, 13 January 2014 20:57

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Ballon D’Or

ronaldo-2013-ballon-dor.jpgThe expected was confirmed earlier tonight at the ceremony in Zurich as Cristiano Ronaldo was voted as the best player in the world for 2013. Ronaldo becomes the first Portuguese player to win the prestigious trophy twice, after doing so in 2008.
Cristiano - who was runner up to Argentina and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi for the award in 2011 and 2012 - got his reward for an outstanding year of sporting excellence and is now officially recognised as currently the best player in the world.

Ronaldo was clearly emotional on stage accepting his award from Brazilian footballing legend Pele.
With his young son by his side, a tearful Ronaldo said: “First of all I have to say a great thanks to all of my team-mates with the club and the national team. Without all of their efforts this would not have been possible. I am very happy, it is very difficult to win this award.”
"Everybody that has been involved with me on a personal level I have to thank. My wife, my friends, my son. It is a tremendously emotional moment. All I can say is thank you to everybody that has been involved. I must also mention Eusébio, because of the importance he had for me.”
Ronaldo’s win was universally agreed on by the wider footballing community after a phenomenal 2013 where he scored 69 goals for Real Madrid and Portugal in 59 appearances.
His defining 2013 moment came in the second leg of the World Cup Qualifying playoff against Sweden.
After scoring the only goal in the first leg he was in his most unplayable form in the 2nd leg as his demolishing and sensational hat-trick carried the national side onto the plane for Brazil next summer. It was one of the finest individual performances in his still-young career.

Messi reaction

Messi, who came 2nd in the voting ahead of Bayen Munich’s Franck Ribery sent his congratulations to his La Liga rival, commenting: “I can only congratulate Cristiano, he did great and deserves to win. Also congrats to Ribery, who also did it enough to win.”
Ballon d'Or vote totals: Ronaldo 1,365 points, Messi 1,205, Ribery 1,127 (votes cast by 184 coaches, 184 national captains, 173 media)

by Stuart Court

Comments (23)
@ George
23 Friday, 24 January 2014 14:19
Chris (Canada)
George, thanks for responding and also for taking the time to attempt a cordial dialogue. But, first things first. I did not call you ignorant. I do not know you personally, so I would never even fathom calling you ignorant. But I did find parts of your comment to be ignorant, for that I will not apologize.

Rui Patricio should not be made a scapegoat for one mishap. A mishap which should actually shine a spotlight on a much bigger issue: tactics and approach. The blunder you spoke of occurred in a game against the Israel national team, who are not in the same league as us, yet managed to get draws against us in both games.

In the game you speak, Portugal coasted with a 1-0 lead for 59 minutes! They were content to score one and try to waste time for the rest of the game in order to seal the victory. I cannot count how many times the team shuffled the ball back to Patricio, but it happened so often, that the Israeli forwards caught on, and pressured in numbers.

So, my point is merely that Patricio should not be made a scapegoat because he was unwillingly put in that situation. Furthermore, the results along all of qualifying were not great. Drawing against Northern Ireland, and losing to Russia were also part of the problem.

While I also enjoyed watching the Ronaldo show against Sweden, my point is merely that it is ludicrous to blame Patricio for the qualifier ever happening in the first place. Lastly, I would advise you to read things a bit more closely before you try to regurgitate my points, because you did so incorrectly. I said:

"Ronaldo won not just because of the game in Sweden (although it certainly helped)"

So, I never actually said you were completely wrong, nor that I disagreed with you, just that the Sweden game may have helped clinch it while there were other factors in play.

Anyways, hopefully you don't have any hard feelings, because you seem a nice enough fellow.

Ignorant Comments
22 Thursday, 23 January 2014 16:09
Hey Chris (Canada), nice to meet you.

It is my opinion that CR would not have won the Ballon D'or had it not been for those 2 extra games AND CR's performance during those games.

I never said CR didn't deserve to win. But since when does the award always go to the most deserved player. You yourself just stated that it doesn't, and that several deserving players haven gotten shafted in the past.

Well this year it was heading in that direction again were it not for those 2 extra games and CR's masterful performance.

So you and I differ on the impact those two games had. I believe they shifted the voting in CR's favor...you think it had no impact. I don't have a problem with that line of thinking, I don't particularly agree but no problem.

However, I do have a problem with you calling someone ignorant, someone you know nothing about. In the future, lets keep it classy my friend.
Ignorant comments
21 Wednesday, 22 January 2014 15:10
Chris (Canada)
I really love these "A + B = Z" comments, like the one from George. Ribbery was going to win, really? That's why he came 3rd in votes right? Ronaldo won not just because of the game in Sweden (although it certainly helped), but rather because he had a better year than Messi, and most importantly because of Sepp Blatter.

The truth is this should have been Ronaldo's 3rd Ballon, but because FIFA's "obligatory winner policy" means Messi every year, he was shafted out of a deserved Ballon in 2011 (as was Schneijder in 2010). Sepp's Bladder unwittingly outed the truth behind the politics of FIFA, and the outrage alone was going to gift Ronny that award, even though he deserved it anyways.

But, as seen on the voting, Messi was next in line, not Ribbery. The Ballon d'or is a big joke anyways. The rules are as follows:

1. only Messi can win
2. if not Messi, winner must be from Spain or England

There are other leagues, you know? The Portuguese, Dutch, French leagues get no love or consideration. Why? Because the trophy is a bs political award based on marketing and FIFA's profitability.

As for Rui Patricio, you should blame Paulo Bento for that situation more than Rui. Sure he made a mistake, but so did the defence for continually shifting the ball backwards to Rui to start a new attack. How many times did they do that in that one game? Or throughout qualifying? The fault lines with the coach first as it is one of his "time-wasting" tactics when we're faced with minnows yet can only muster a 1 goal lead.

Rui Patricio has been outstanding when we have needed him to be. He deserves more credit, and he certainly should not be a scapegoat for a TEAM mistake.

Ribbery would have won, were it not for Rui Patricio
20 Monday, 20 January 2014 19:00
At the time, it would be difficult to imagine that the mental lapse of Rui Patricio, during the Israel game, would have the impact it did on the Ballon D'or Winner. But it did. That play meant that Portugal would have to play to 2 additional games to qualify for Brasil and the world's eye would be focussed on CR7. And man, did he deliver. That performance won him the Ballon D'or. And I think it's safe to say that without that, Ribbery would be holding the trophy right now.

Congrats to Ronaldo!!!! And more importantly, Mr. Patricio, you're forgiven!!!
Congrats to the best footballer in the world!
19 Saturday, 18 January 2014 13:48
Been a fan since World Cup 2006 and will be till you retire so collect more Ballon d'or awards and good luck in WC 2014. Cheers!
Well deserved....if not more.
18 Saturday, 18 January 2014 04:15
John / Australia
Congratulations to Cristiano....well deserved, there is no doubt he has been the best. The fact that he should have had another award when we won the league or the golden shoe...only proves the corrupt voting system by FIFA and their blindness of Messi.
Messi is a great player...but he has not deserved all four Balon d Ors.....FIFA has made this to suit what ever Messi and barca achieve. It changes every year to suit Messi....and let's be honest how can a guy who has been injured come second when in fact....he should not have been as close to Cristiano....the voting system is corrupt, FIFA is corrupt. I can bet you next time they will make sure messi wins it...even if he sits out for half year.
Congrats to Cristiano on your award, you should have had at least three Balon D Or's.

All Portuguese are proud

And for Querioz....go suck on a big Red...you Judas. Your name is mud, you traitor.
Well Earned and Deserved
17 Thursday, 16 January 2014 20:50
FIFA has created its own mess. The fact is that they have always leaned toward one player or another.
Years ago when Cristuanos stats were better than Messi's, they mentioned how Silverware was important. When the roles reversed the following year , they couldn't stop gushing over Messi's stats. This time stats won out over Silverware.
Also, most voters don't or aren't even able to watch most players play. It's a faulty system, that really doesn't have a solution.
Cristiano had an unbelievable campaign.
@ Canada
16 Wednesday, 15 January 2014 18:50
Canada check out the list, people actually voted for Neymar..........they should immediately and forever have their voting powers revoked. Insulting voting.
Ballon de Bull
15 Wednesday, 15 January 2014 16:28
After the incredible year CR7 had and the injury plagued year for Messi, the difference was a few points? Is there any doubt this voting is corrupt? Messi was a distant 3rd on his best day.

CR7 undoubtedly the best and peaking just before WC14!
Quiroz re:val
14 Wednesday, 15 January 2014 06:03
No prob buddy. Yupppp, when I saw whom that TOOL voted for it made me sick. Him, Artur george and antonio olivera worst selecao coaches in history all are total utter tools and epic fails.. #chokeonsardines dbags..
13 Wednesday, 15 January 2014 02:23
David, UK
Congratulations CR7, well deserved!
Thank You Cristiano
12 Wednesday, 15 January 2014 00:39
United States
Thank you Cristiano for being the Portuguese international that brought me to the Beautiful Game You are just one more wonderful reason for me to be proud of my Portuguese heritage. I'm old so although you are a very handsome young man :) I was attracted to your amazing speed skill & just all around phenomenal talent on the pitch. I'm privledged & proud to have raised my children knowing that this young man named Cristiano Ronaldo is Portuguese :) & he was, is & always will be a legend in the futbol world :) Obrigadoooo Cristianoooo!
11 Tuesday, 14 January 2014 19:23
Congrats Portuguese all around the world! be proud of your son and let's all thank god for living in Ronaldo's era! Vamos Capitano!
Cristiano Ronaldo - The Best in World Soccer
10 Tuesday, 14 January 2014 19:16
Jose Carneiro de Almeida - New Jersey - U.S.A.
His election as the Best Soccer Payer in the World was perfect and made justice to his talent. As portuguese american I congratulate this great player. Thank you Cristiano

Jose C. Almeida
9 Tuesday, 14 January 2014 17:06
He must still be upset that Ronaldo said "Ask Queiroz" when asked why Portugal lost in 2010's World Cup.
The Classless A$$ shows it again
8 Tuesday, 14 January 2014 14:41
@ Paulo6 - thanks for reminding me to check buddy, what a goat Carlos Queiroz is. Sour grapes idiot.

Carlos Queiroz;
1. Messi
2. Ronaldo
3. Ribery

Fernando Santos;
1. Cristiano Ronaldo
2. Ribery
3. Messi

Paulo Bento
1. Ronaldo
2. Falcao
3. Robben
Finally, the award is justified.
7 Tuesday, 14 January 2014 13:11
Armando Espinha/Canada
Let's be honest, folks. Ronaldo should DEFINITELY have three of these awards. However, he only has two. I am sticking to my and many other peoples hypothesis that this is the most rigged trophy in sports and it will continue to be. Congratulations to Ronaldo for cornering a group of corrupt individuals and giving them no choice but to give it to the right person this time around.
Deserved award
6 Tuesday, 14 January 2014 11:24
There's no question that CR7 deserved the award this year. On an individual basis he's been by far the best player in the world over the last year. His scoring record for Real has been incredible and he almost single-handedly took us to Brasil, so there isn't even the old argument that he doesn't do it for the Selecao.

I had a funny feeling that the award would go to Ribery simply because of what Bayern had done, which would've been totally unjust. Yes Bayern won everything, but firstly the award shouldn't be based on what trophies were won, it should be based on which individual player was consistently the best. Secondly Ribery is not even the best player at Bayern imo (Robben and Schweinsteiger are just as important to that team)...so end of that argument really.

Thankfully Cristiano won it because he deserves it. He's a special player who's just gotten better and better every season. I really noticed how special he was at WC 2006. In the few years before that tournament he had shown glimpses of his talent, but the jury was still out.

But then I remember in the penalty shoot-out QF victory over England in 2006, Ronaldo had the last kick to take us into the semis. Most players would've been totally nervous in such a situation. But CR7 had this confident smile on his face as he walked up to take his kick, as if he was already celebrating that Portugal were in the semis, before even taking the penalty...he never even thought about missing. That's when I realised what a special player this was, not only technically outstanding but also with a total winning mentality, and he's just gone from strength to strength ever since. Congrats on a deserved award!
5 Tuesday, 14 January 2014 07:37
i always know that Ronaldo is better than many bests...he plays with his full heart and passion...i admire you Ronaldo...viva portugal....
Carlos "loser!!" Quiroiz
4 Monday, 13 January 2014 23:10
All my fellow Portuguese. Take a good look whom the National coaches voted for, and take a realll good look on whom Quiroz voted for. He should absolutely get ripped in the Portuguese media!, what a total TOOL!!. #epicfail!
3 Monday, 13 January 2014 22:21
I agree with Rob in that Ronaldo should have won in 2011 after the La Liga triumph but there's no question he deserved it in 2013. I'm glad the majority of football pundits agree, although the vote was pretty close. I don't think there's ever been a player who was more deserving of this award in any one year, including Messi. Congratulations Ronaldo!
2 Monday, 13 January 2014 22:06
Parabens, meu irmao. O melhor do mundo!
Well deserved
1 Monday, 13 January 2014 21:28
Rob / Australia
Congrats CR7 ... you are now the undisputed best in the world!
You should, of course, have won it two years ago when Real Madrid won La Liga.
Now it's time to dream BIG and bring the World Cup to Portugal!!!
Parabems Cristiano Ronaldo!
Forca Portugal!

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