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Cristiano Ronaldo wins Ballon d'Or
January 13th, 2014 3:32PM

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[FIFA AWARDS] Cristiano Ronaldo won his second FIFA Ballon d’Or award as the top player in the world, beating out Lionel Messi, winner of the last four awards, and Frenchman Franck Ribery.

FIFA Ballon d’Or vote:
1. Cristiano Ronaldo 1,365 points
2. Lionel Messi 1,205 points
3. Franck Ribery 1,127 points.

The award was the second for Ronaldo, who also won in 2008 with Manchester United. He scored 69 goals in all competitions for Real Madrid and Portugal, which he led to the World Cup finals with all four goals in its qualifying playoff against Sweden.

He is the first player since fellow Portuguese Luis Figo in 2000 to take the honor without having won a trophy in the year of his award. Messi won the Spanish La Liga title while Ribery swept the German league and cup titles and UEFA Champions League with Bayern Munich. Ronaldo, who broke down and cried in accepting the award, is the third Portuguese player to win the award. The third was Eusebio in 1965. The legendary striker died nine days ago.

This year's voting was not without controversy as the organizers -- FIFA and France Football -- extended the voting by national team coaches and captain and media members -- four days after the original deadline to allow for those who had not yet voted to cast their three-player ballot. The extension allowed voters switch their votes if they wanted to.

The extension was announced the day of the second leg of the European playoffs in which Ronaldo's hat trick against Sweden sealed Portugal's ticket to Brazil, but FIFA spokesman Walter De Gregorio said the order was unchanged by the voting extension, which raised the turnout from around 50 to 88 percent.

U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann did not vote for either Ronaldo or Messi. He selected Ribery, Gareth Bale and Radamel Falcao 1-2-3. U.S. captain Clint Dempsey voted for Ronaldo and Messi 1-2 and Zlatan Ibrahimovic at No. 3. Soccer America editor-in-chief Paul Kennedy, the U.S. media representative, voted for Ronaldo, Messi and Ribery 1-2-3.

(Click here for all the Ballon d'Or voting.)

Other awards:
Coach of the Year (Men's Soccer): Jupp Heynckes, retired Bayern Munich coach.
Coach of the Year (Women's Soccer): Silvia Neid, German national team coach.
FIFA/FIFPro World XI: Neuer, Lahm, Dani Alves, Thiago Silva, Sergio Ramos, Iniesta, Ribery, Xavi, Ronaldo, Ibrahimovic, Messi.
Puskas Award (best goal): Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
FIFA Fair Play Award: Afghanistan Football Federation

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