Christiano Ronaldo was the world's most expensive football player to move from one club to another.

Was.

Gareth Bale had taken that title off of him and both of them now play for the same club, Real Madrid.

Ronaldo ended the year of 2013 on a high note. In 52 appearances for both club and country, he netted an astounding 62 goals, notching 8 hat tricks whilst doing so, and certainly looked dangerous whenever he had the ball, and subsequently prised away the prestigious Ballon d'Or away from Barcelona forward Lionel Messi.

He was also the last to win the award before Messi's four year dominating run of wins in the individual prize. His phenomenal form in 2013 resulted in him having more shots on target than any other player in Europe's top five leagues, and was able to be a team player creating goal scoring chances as well as scoring for himself.

Messi's injury had ruled him out until January, and this was arguably Ronaldo's best chance to outshine the Argentine forward and prove that he is the best player in the world.

He did so with his dazzling form which left defenders confused, goalkeepers infuriated, strikers helpless, fans and team mates cheering for the dynamic Portuguese forward.

He had scored more goals in the Champions League than his rival at Barcelona, and became the first player in the UCL's 22 year history to net nine goals in the group stage.

Ronaldo also carried a significant burden in getting Portugal into the World Cup group stages over Sweden, who could call upon Ballon D'or contender Zlatan Ibrahimovic - and successfully outshone him.

He demonstrated that he could replicate his domestic form on the international stage by scoring all of the goals thhe Portuguese team needed to help them qualify. The only downside of the year 2013 for Ronaldo would be the lack of silverware for Real Madrid, barring the Supercopa win against Barcelona.

Franck Ribery helped Bayern Munich win four trophies last season and was arguably their standout player in that season.

Ribery cannot score as many goals as Ronaldo or Messi, simply because he doesn't play the roles that they do, and even has gone as far as to admit it himself.

He laid off 18 assists last season and created an astounding 149 chances to score. He was also crucial in Bayern's superb season, scoring 18 goals and laying off 1,000 more passes; more than Messi managed in both club and country scenarios.

He had helped France overturn a 2-0 World Cup playoff deficit, which has never been achieved before, to win 3-2 against Ukraine and take the French national team to the World Cup groups stages.

He chipped in goals for France and drew a foul which saw a Ukrainian player get sent off, and inevitably won the game for France, breaking the heart of many Ukrainian fans.

However, embroiled in controversy as himself and Karim Benzema were accused of engaging in illicit activity with underage entertainers, but that has been adjourned until later this year.

Lionel Messi is a player that regularly draws superlatives towards himself for being a fantastic forward and is usually called the best player in the world, and undeniably had a great season with Barcelona despite a few injuries and a hamstring tear ruling him out until recently.

Barcelona were crowned La Liga champions for the 22nd time, and Messi had netted 46 goals to help them grab the league title. He scored against almost every La Liga side and, although cannot match Ribery's trophy haul, can brag that he has scored nearly 50 goals in all competitions in one season. Although a tax scandal had hit Messi and his father, it did not affect his on field performance, and he continued to put on fine displays.

Skipper of his national side, he led them to World Cup qualification, and was the second highest goalscorer in the qualifying behind Luis Suarez.

Messi boasted a shot accuracy of 60% and and registered 87 shots on target in 2013. He had scored frequently and supported for club and country, creating 70 chances and laying on 15 assists.

Stats for the three contenders

Conclusion

So, although the reward ceremonies are now officially over, and Ronaldo has taken the prize, it leaves this article pretty insignificant, but this is my opinion, and I agree with Ronaldo winning it, solely because it's individual of the year, and despite Messi's brilliance, he did not play for the last bit of the season.

If he was not injured I'd say the accolade would have to go to the Argentine for the fifth time. Ribery, although is a strong contender, he was surrounded by a team of talent, and did not really stand out for me as much as Messi and Ronaldo do, who are always consistent.

Yes, I believe Ronaldo deserved it this year, because of his form for club and country.

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