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Lionel Messi: Cristiano Ronaldo is a "worthy winner"

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Last night Portugal captain and Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded the Ballon d'Or at a ceremony in Zurich.

It was the 28-year-old's second world player of the year title, but his first since the honour became the FIFA Ballon d'Or, ending Lionel Messi's run at four consecutive years.

Ronaldo scored an incredible 66 goals in 56 games and was key to Portugal reaching the World Cup finals in Brazil this summer.

According to Goal.com, Messi was speaking to reporters in Zurich last night and said: "He [Cristiano Ronaldo] had a great year, so there is nothing else to say.

It was a good year for the three of us and that's why the three of us were there."

He added: "I don't know if it would have been different if I hadn't been injured, but I was out for a long time."

The Barcelona ace was sidelined with injuries at the beginning and end of 2013, stunting his form and stopping him from reaching the heights he has achieved in previous years.

"I wanted to win it, of course, I always like to win, but as I say I have no complaints; Cristiano is a worthy winner, he deserves it," said Messi.

The four-time winner wanted to add a fifth consecutive Ballon d'Or to his extensive list of awards, but he was pipped by Ronaldo.

The Real Madrid forward had been made the favourite to take the award home, due to Messi's injury-stricken year and the fact that many of Franck Ribery's achievements were as part of Bayern Munich as a team.

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