Cristiano Ronaldo Wins Ballon d'Or Award for Third Time

Sports | January 12, 2015, Monday // 21:51
Bulgaria: Cristiano Ronaldo Wins Ballon d'Or Award for Third Time Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo holds the FIFA Ballon D`or World Player of the Year 2014 award during the FIFA Ballon d`Or 2014 gala held at the Kongresshaus in Zurich, Switzerland, 12 January 2015. Photo EPA/BGNES

Cristiano Ronaldo won the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2014 annual award for the second year running on Monday.

This is the third time the Portugal forward has grabbed the trophy awarded by FIFA and France Football magazine after winning it in 2008 and 2013.

Ronaldo captured 37.66%of the votes cast by the captains and coaches of each national team plus one journalist from each country.

Argentina’s Lionel Messi won 15.76% and German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was third with 15.72%.

“I would like to thank all of those who voted for me," said Ronaldo, 29, as he accepted the trophy in Zurich, Switzerland.

"It has been an incredible year. I would like to continue the work that I have done so far. I want to try to improve, to become better as each day goes by.”


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