Cristiano Ronaldo takes 2013 Ballon d'Or

Published Wednesday, January 15, 2014 1:33 PM by Shane Barrow
Cristiano Ronaldo takes 2013 Ballon d'Or

Thank goodness FIFA did not mess this one up. Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded the Ballon d'Or as the best player on the planet this week beating out Lionel Messi and Franck Ribery.

It was a stunning year that saw him net an astonishing 69 goals in 59 games, ending Lionel Messi's four year run as the world's best player. Fourteen of those goals came in the Champions League as Madrid reached the semifinals before being beaten by Borussia Dortmund.

Ronaldo, accompanied by Florentino Perez, Zinedine Zidane, Emilio Butragueno and Sergio Ramos, flew to the Zurich ceremony from Madrid after training on Monday morning. Speaking as he received the award, a tearful Ronaldo said: "Thank you to everyone, my teammates, the national team and my family, to everyone here. Eusebio and Mandela were very important for me, I can't speak."

"People who know me know how many people helped me," the emotional winner said in Portuguese. "If I have forgotten anyone, I do apologize because I am deeply moved."