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Ronaldo soccer’s best

Tue., Jan. 14, 2014

Cristiano Ronaldo couldn’t hide how much it meant to him, finally being voted the world’s best soccer player again. Having spent four years in the shadow of his great rival, Lionel Messi, Ronaldo broke down in tears after being elected the Ballon d’Or winner for 2013 on Monday – a rare display of emotion that showed just how important it was for the Portugal winger to get his hands on the trophy again. Ronaldo first won soccer’s biggest individual prize five years ago, but then watched as Messi upstaged him each year despite Ronaldo consistently scoring at an unprecedented rate for Real Madrid. “There are no words to describe this moment,” said Ronaldo, crying openly while his 3-year-old son, also named Cristiano, stood at his feet after being hoisted by Brazil great Pele to touch the golden trophy as dad gathered himself to speak. – AP

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