Weeping Ronaldo Wants More Ballon d’Or

The date 13 January 2014 will live long in the memory of Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese international attending the FIFA Ballon d’Or ceremony in Zurich in the company of his family, his girlfriend and his son – fully convinced that it would be his night.
Despite this fervent belief, however, the Real Madrid attacker surprised the world by weeping uncontrollably and finding words hard to come by when taking to the stage to receive his award. That was, even for those who follow him on a daily basis, an unexpected initial reaction to being handed the FIFA Ballon d’Or for 2013.
The Madeira-born superstar thus edged out Lionel Messi and Franck Ribery to claim the award for a second time after his maiden triumph in 2008. Having had the opportunity to compose himself, he then shared his feelings with FIFA.com.
“Finding out I’d won made me extremely happy, I felt very proud”, said Los Blancos’ main man, on the first thoughts that went through his head after Pele had announced he was the latest winner of the coveted prize.
“You need to work really hard to win a trophy of this magnitude”, he added, while highlighting the “huge dedication and hours of hard work” needed to reach the very top.
Before departing, however, he made it very clear that he plans to be an equally spectacular force during 2014: “I’m going to try to give my best, like I always do, and I hope to be back next year to win the third Ballon d’Or of my career. That’s what I intend to do.” Any pretenders to the throne, you have been warned.


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