Cristiano Ronaldo wins FIFA Ballon d'Or 2013 award
SWITZERLAND: Portuguese start football Cristiano Ronaldo has won the 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or, this was Ronaldo's second global award, having previously been FIFA World Player of the Year in 2008, ARY News reported.
Ronaldo scored 69 goals in 59 matches for Real Madrid and Portugal last year, and his stunning hat trick against Sweden in a decisive World Cup playoff was perhaps the defining individual performance. He also equaled Pauleta's record as the all-time top goal scorer for the Portuguese national side with 47 goals in 109 appearances.
The award ceremony was held in Zurich, Switzerland. FIFA President Sepp Blatter handed the trophy to Ronaldo.
Argentine footballer Lionel Messi remained deprived of award for the fifth consecutive year.
Ronaldo seemed very happy after getting the award, ”There are no words to describe this moment," he said, who was sobbing in tears after he accepting the trophy with his young son, also named Cristiano, beside him on stage.