Real Madrid and Portugal star, Cristiano Ronaldo, was crowned the best player in the world last night at the Ballon d’Or ceremony in Zurich.
Some believed it was a forgone conclusion that the Portuguese would scoop the award and it was later revealed Ronaldo achieved a total of 1,365 points, Lionel Messi got 1,205 and Franck Ribery finished with 1,127.
By Stuart Hynd – @supers0nic_
Few can really argue that Ronaldo deserved to break Messi’s haul of four Ballon d’Or wins in four years, and here are our top 7 reasons why we couldn’t see beyond a Ronaldo win.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter isn’t the most well-liked man in football, incase you hadn’t heard. And the 77-year-old Swiss was up to his old tricks again in 2013 as he stated he preferred Barcelona’s Messi to Ronaldo in a bizarre interview.
Blatter claimed Ronaldo, “has more expenses for the hairdresser” than Messi and dismissed his role on the pitch to a “commander”.
Ronaldo of course responded with his hilarious military-esque celebration against Sevilla.
He Doesn’t Dress Like Messi
It may not seem like the most important aspect on the list, but c’mon, who wants football to be represented by a guy who looks like a fire hydrant.
Not cool Messi.
He Dismantled Sweden And Took Portugal To The World Cup On His Own
A taunt aimed at Ronaldo in the past was that he failed to turn up at the big occasion, a jibe which seems severely misplaced in 2013. The stage was set for the epic showdown to decide who would gain entry to the World Cup in Brazil.
It was labelled, Ronaldo vs Ibrahimovic, but there was only ever one winner. A decisive goal in the first leg followed by a magnificent hat-trick in the second sealed the deal.
You’d Rather Be Ronaldo Than Ribery
Now, we are not condoning that the best player in the world MUST be a good looking guy, look at Ronaldinho after all.
What we are saying is, well the idea of Ribery’s grimacing smile as he held the Ballon d’Or is a thing of nightmares.
The Ladies Love CR7
To be the best footballer in the world, you need a certain swagger, an unlikeable confidence – something which Ronaldo has in abundance.
Even Messi’s girlfriend, Antonella Roccuza seems impressed in this photoshopped image!
He Got All Emotional And Soppy
It’s the pinnacle of individual achievement for any footballer, to be the best in the world.
Losing the award for four years on the trot to his greatest rival must have irked Cristiano as he broke down in tears at the ceremony.
Pele could also be seen sobbing away as the Brazilian icon collected The Ballon d’Or Prix d’Honneur earlier in the evening, so apparently tears are cool…
Nobody Has Been Better
All joking and Messi-jibing aside, Ronaldo had an impeccable 2013 compared to his rivals.
While Ronaldo may have failed to pick up a single honour for his club, the Ballon d’Or remains an individual award and there simply hasn’t been anyone better than the Portuguese over the last 12 months.