World Player Awards 2013
Lionel Messi, Franck Ribéry and Cristiano Ronaldo. These three players have lit the world of football up for many years now and they are all coming to the peak of their careers simultaneously. Each player has their admirers, most notably Lionel Messi, but each of these three players are without a doubt world class talents who have stood out amongst their team-mates. But which player won the prestigious FIFA Ballon d'Or? Selecting a player from these three was certainly a monumental task, and wasn't easy for any of the judges.
It was Real Madrid's Portuguese wizard Cristiano Ronaldo who, with 179 points, finished in third place
. He has had an electrifying year, finishing runners-up in both the La Liga and Copa del Ray with Real Madrid, and also leading his country to World Cup qualification where he will be captaining his side in Brazil next year. He is without a doubt one of the greatest athletes to have graced world football, and he will continue to amaze us.
FC Bayern's thirty year-old French magician Franck Ribéry claimed 291 points to finish in second place
in the standings. Franck has had a spectacular year with his German team, winning the Bundesliga, the DFB-Pokal (German Cup), the UEFA Champions League and the FIFA Club World Championships. His goalscoring and creating attributes has helped his team to no end, and he is indeed one of the most valuable players in the world. The man who has never touched alcohol in his life, may never have the chance to touch the FIFA Ballon d'Or in his life either, however, as he did not claim enough points to win this year's prize. Hopefully Fracnk can continue his amazing career and be back next year to challenge for the prize again.
Who else could win the FIFA Ballon d'Or prize other than the great Argentinian genius, and Barcelona's greatest ever player, Lionel Messi! A staggering 473 points was enough for the twenty-six year-old to claim first place
and lift the prestigious award for an outstanding fifth time in a row! Lionel has been playing some extraordinary football for the last five years, and winning the Liga BBVA with Barcelona this year just epitomizes that. Is he the greatest player in football history? With five golden globes in his locker, I do not think that question needs to be answered. Hopefully we can see many more successful years from the world's greatest footballer!
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