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2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or Awards Predictions (2)

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Ballon d’Or

Football News

1st Cristiano Ronaldo

2nd Franck Ribery

3rd Lionel Messi

Cristiano Ronaldo has been one of the most consistent performers since his move to Real Madrid in 2009, scoring 194 goals for Los Blancos.

Whilst no honours were added to his name in 2013, his leadership and commanding performances for club and country have put him above the rest, most notably his hat-trick for Portugal in their World Cup play-off second leg against Sweden.

Franck Ribery has won many team accolades in an unforgettable season with Bayern Munich, that includes the Bundesliga and Champions League titles.

Myself and many others believe that he simply helped the German champions, rather than guiding them like Ronaldo.

As for the current and four-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi, 2013 was something of an off-season for the little master.

The Argentinian has managed just 45 goals, compared to his world record of 85 in the previous year.

Yet, Messi has struggled with injuries, most recently returning from hamstring injury that kept him out for almost two months.

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Nemanja Matic
Cristiano Ronaldo
Franck Ribery
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