Ronaldo wins another Ballon d'Or award

Mon Jan 12, 2015 3:50pm EST
 
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By Brian Homewood

BERNE (Reuters) - Cristiano Ronaldo won the FIFA Ballon d'Or award for the second year running and the third overall on Monday and said he wanted to become "one of the greatest players of all time."

The Real Madrid forward polled more than double the number of votes as his bitter rival Lionel Messi who only just edged Bayern Munich and Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer into third place.

Joachim Loew won the Coach of the Year of the award after leading Germany to the World Cup title in Brazil, finishing ahead of Real Madrid's Carlo Ancelotti and Atletico Madrid's Diego Simeone in the poll.

Colombia's James Rodriguez won the Puskas award for the best goal, a spectacular volley on the turn for Colombia in their World Cup match against Uruguay. Nadine Kessler of VfL Wolfsburg and Germany won the women's Player of the Year award.

Ronaldo was forgiven for a disappointing World Cup, with Portugal going out in the first round.

Instead, the voters - the coaches and captains of the 209 national teams plus one journalist for each country - were swayed by his prolific goal-scoring and trophy-laden year with Real Madrid, where he has flourished under Ancelotti.

"I never thought that I would bring this trophy back home on three occasions and I want to win it again. I want to become one of the greatest players of all time," Ronaldo told the audience after a ceremony which lasted nearly two hours.

Ronaldo, who has made a point of displaying his rippling muscles in his goal celebrations, then bellowed "Sim" (yes) into the microphone, somewhat startling the ceremony presenter.   Continued...

 
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal, holds his World Player of the Year trophy as he stands next to FIFA President Sepp Blatter (R) during the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2014 soccer awards ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich January 12, 2015.   REUTERS/Ruben Sprich