Zurich - Cristiano Ronaldo has ended the four-year dominance of Lionel Messi when
he was awarded the 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or in Zurich on Monday.
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tearful 28-year-old Real Madrid and Portugal star, who won the award in
2008, had been the overwhelming favourite to pip Barcelona and Argentina
wonder Messi, winner the previous four years, and France's Franck
Ribery, who claimed the treble with Bayern Munich in 2013.
won with 27.99% of the votes ahead of Messi (24.72%) while Ribery was
third (23.36%) according to France Football, co-organisers of the award
"There are no words to describe how I feel," said Ronaldo.
"I'm delighted, I want to thank all my team-mates, all my family in the room.
"Those who know me know how many sacrifices I made to win this reward.
want to thank all those who had faith in me and I want to speak again
about (recently deceased Portugal legend) Eusebio and (recently deceased
former South Africa president) Madiba (Nelson Mandela) and to pay
tribute to them one last time."
"Without doubt I deserved this, Messi and Ribery would have also deserved it.
time is different. But I would say that this second Ballon d'Or is more
emotional, because my mother and my son (who joined him on stage) are
Real president Florentino Perez paid tribute to Ronaldo.
only thing I wish to say is that this Ballon d'Or is justified to be
for Cristiano Ronaldo, it is recognition of hard work, talent, and a
desire to win daily."
For Messi, sporting a striking red dinner jacket, Ronaldo's win didn't change very much.
would have loved to have won, but as it is the motivation is the same
to keep growing, improving and winning things," he commented via
Barcelona's twitter page.
News of Ronaldo's success filtered through from France Football just moments before the official announcement in Zurich.
who was widely expected to win after news spread on social media
earlier in the day that seven members of his family were joining him in
Zurich and his club Real were transmitting the award ceremony live on
their official television channel in a change to the programmed
schedule, broke down in tears on stage during his victory speech.
who won the Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup with Bayern
last season, before adding the European Supercup and Club World Cup
before the turn of the year, had been the early front-runner.
controversial two-week extension to the voting deadline for
international coaches, captains and media meant those casting their
ballots could take into consideration Ronaldo's remarkable hat-trick to
beat Sweden in the World Cup play-offs in November.
That was widely believed to have been enough to tip the scales in his favour.
with 66 goals in his 56 matches this year -- more than Messi and
Ribery's combined 65 -- no-one could deny Ronaldo was a worthy winner.
is the second time he has picked up the award and comes in a season in
which he won nothing with either club or country, an unusual situation
for a Ballon d'Or winner.
In 1982 Italy's World Cup hero Paolo Rossi won despite a non-descript year away from his heroics in Spain.
in 2001 England and Liverpool's Michael Owen was a controversial winner
after enjoying a great season in the cups with the Reds, winning the
UEFA Cup, FA Cup and League Cup.
As expected, Bayern's Jupp Heynckes, who retired following their historic treble in May, won the coach's award.
goalkeeper Nadine Angerer was named women's Ballon d'Or winner while
Germany coach Silvia Neid won the women's coach award.
honorary Ballon d'Or was given to Brazilian legend Pele, who never
qualified for the award during his playing career as he never plied his
trade in European club football.
From its inception in 1956 until
2010, the Ballon d'Or was awarded to the best player in Europe and the
FIFA World Player of the Year award was only inaugurated in 1991, before
ending in 2009 when it was assimilated into the Ballon d'Or.
Ibrahimovic won the Ferenc Puskas best goal award for his stunning,
acrobatic overhead kick from 40 yards for Sweden in a friendly against
Former IOC president Jacques Rogge was given the president's prize for a "remarkable personality in sport".
the team of the year, Bayern's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, full-back and
captain Philipp Lahm and Ribery were joined by Barcelona's right-back
Dani Alves, midfielders Andres Iniesta and Xavi and Messi, as well as
Ronaldo and his Real team-mate centre-back Sergio Ramos, and Paris
Saint-Germain pair Ibrahimovic and centre-back Thiago Silva.
List of Ballon d'Or winners since its inception in 1956 after Cristiano Ronaldo was named the 2013 winner in Zurich on Monday:
1956: Stanley Matthews (ENG)
1957: Alfredo Di Stefano (ESP)
1958: Raymond Kopa (FRA)
1959: Alfredo Di Stefano (ESP)
1960: Luis Suarez (ESP)
1961: Omar Sivori (ITA)
1962: Josef Masopust (CZE)
1963: Lev Yachine (USSR)
1964: Denis Law (SCO)
1965: Eusebio (POR)
1966: Bobby Charlton (ENG)
1967: Florian Albert (HUN)
1968: George Best (NIR)
1969: Gianni Rivera (ITA)
1970: Gerd Mueller (GER)
1971: Johan Cruyff (NED)
1972: Franz Beckenbauer (GER)
1973: Johan Cruyff (NED)
1974: Johan Cruyff (NED)
1975: Oleg Blokhine (USSR)
1976: Franz Beckenbauer (GER)
1977: Alan Simonsen (DEN)
1978: Kevin Keegan (ENG)
1979: Kevin Keegan (ENG)
1980: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (GER)
1981: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (GER)
1982: Paolo Rossi (ITA)
1983: Michel Platini (FRA)
1984: Michel Platini (FRA)
1985: Michel Platini (FRA)
1986: Igor Belanov (USSR)
1987: Ruud Gullit (NED)
1988: Marco van Basten (NED)
1989: Marco van Basten (NED)
1990: Lothar Matthaeus (GER)
1991: Jean-Pierre Papin (FRA)
1992: Marco van Basten (NED)
1993: Roberto Baggio (ITA)
1994: Hristo Stoichkov (BUL)
1995: George Weah (LBR)
1996: Matthias Sammer (GER)
1997: Ronaldo (BRA)
1998: Zinedine Zidane (FRA)
1999: Rivaldo (BRA)
2000: Luis Figo (POR)
2001: Michael Owen (ENG)
2002: Ronaldo (BRA)
2003: Pavel Nedved (CZE)
2004: Andrei Shevchenko (UKR)
2005: Ronaldinho (BRA)
2006: Fabio Cannavaro (ITA)
2007: Kaka (BRA)
2008: Cristiano Ronaldo (POR)
2009: Lionel Messi (ARG)
2010: Lionel Messi (ARG)
2011: Lionel Messi (ARG)
2012: Lionel Messi (ARG)
2013: Cristiano Ronaldo (POR)