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CR7 wins the Ballon D’or 2014

January 13, 2015

Cristiano Ronaldo has won the 2014 Ballon d’Or.

The Portuguese held off competition from Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi and World Cup winning goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to claim the prize.

Ronaldo, 29, has now picked up the award on three separate occasions, with his previous successes coming in 2008 and 2013.

It was another incredible 12 months for Ronaldo, who bagged a staggering 60 goals in just 58 games, averaging more than one goal a game.

The Real Madrid man notched a further 21 assists as Los Blancos made history with their 10th European cup success – alongside another Copa del Rey triumph.

Ronaldo vs Messi in 2014

Cristiano Ronaldo

58 apps, 60 goals, 21 assists.

Lionel Messi

FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring his teams 1st goal past Manchester City's Joe Hart (left) during the UEFA Champions League, Round of 16 match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 18, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Man City. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

65 apps, 58 goals, 21 assists.

Source: messivsronaldo.net

Carlo Ancelotti’s men defeated rivals Atletico 4-1 in the Champions League final in May, with Ronaldo scoring a penalty in the last minute of extra time.

He has started the 2014/15 campaign in similar style, scoring an incredible 26 times in La Liga already after just 16 games.

Alongside that, he has bagged in all but one of Real’s Champions League games, taking his tally to 72 in the competition – three behind Messi.

The Argentine again misses out on the prize, despite breaking the competition goalscoring record earlier this campaign in a victory over Ajax.

Messi struck a remarkable 58 times over the calendar year – and won the World Cup Golden Ball award – but finds himself runner-up to long-term rival Ronaldo.

Neuer meanwhile, comes in third despite winning the tournament with Germany in Brazil this summer, and playing an integral role in Bayern Munich’s domestic successes.

Elsewhere, Germany boss Joachim Low won the male Coach of the Year, while Ralf Kellermann picked up the prize for the female game.

Ronaldo vs Messi in 2014

Cristiano Ronaldo

58 apps, 60 goals, 21 assists.

Lionel Messi

FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring his teams 1st goal past Manchester City's Joe Hart (left) during the UEFA Champions League, Round of 16 match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 18, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Man City. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

65 apps, 58 goals, 21 assists.

Source: messivsronaldo.net

James Rodriguez pipped Stephanie Roche to the Puskas Award, with Nadine Kessler winning the Women’s Player of the Year prize.

The Ballon d’Or shortlist trio were also named in the FIFPro World XI during the ceremony in Zurich.

FIFPro World XI – Neuer; Lahm, Ramos, Silva, Luiz; Kroos, Iniesta, Di Maria; Messi, Ronaldo, Robben.

source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/11341302/Cristiano-Ronaldo-wins-third-Fifa-Ballon-dOr.html

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