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Cristiano Ronaldo named the world's best player for 2013


01-14-2014 13:13 BJT

The Portugeuse International and Real Madrid superstar...has captured the Ballon d’Or award ending Lionel Messi's four-year run in the process. Our Peter Koveos has more on his win..and also recaps the rest of the honourees from the annual FIFA Awards.

The world’s best were honoured and the top players comprised the World XI. FIFA head Sepp Blatter then handed the Presidential Award to former IOC President Jacques Rogge.

Jupp Heynckes was named Men's Coach of the Year. Heynckes secured a treble for Bayern Munich, the Bavarians winning the German League and Cup and UEFA Champions League. Newly-inaugurated, Ballon d’Or Prix d’Honneur, or special award, went to Brazilian icon Pele. He scored 1281 goals in his career, and is the only man to lift three World Cups titles.

"Now, I thank God I complete my trophy room."

Nadine Angerer became Women’s Player of the Year. The 35-year-old saved two penalties in the European Championship final against Norway. Cristiano Ronaldo was given the biggest honour beating Barcelona's Lionel Messi, and France and Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery to win the Ballon d'Or. The 28 year-old scored 69 goals for Real Madrid and Portugal last year, and his stunning hat-trick against Sweden in a decisive World Cup play-off was perhaps the defining individual men’s performance of the season.

"My son saw his dad win a Ballon d’Or... and if I forgot to mention someone, I’m sorry, because this is a very emotional moment for me and I can’t speak right now, thank you all."

The win is the second for the Portugeuse winner who was able to garner almost 28-percent of the votes -- edging out Messi who garnered less that 25-percent.

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