Cristiano Ronaldo wins 2014 Ballon d’Or
Cristiano Ronaldo, known for his good-looks, quick feet and myriad of goals, has won the 2014 Ballon d'Or, the annual award given to the world's best football player, RIA Novosti reported.
This is the third time the 29-year old Portuguese striker has been crowned as the world's best player for the previous calendar year. Ronaldo was already recognized for his amazing skills and goal-scoring ability in 2008 and 2013.
Since 2008, the FIFA Ballon d'Or has been a personal battle between Ronaldo and his arch-rival Lionel Messi. Although the Argentinian superstar has fallen a little short this time, Messi won the title four times in a row (2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012), leaving Ronaldo in the dust three times (2009, 2011 and 2012), when the Portuguese came in second.