Cristiano Ronaldo takes five years to be world's best again

Restricted to applauding Lionel Messi and his four consecutive Ballon d'Or wins from the sidelines, Cristiano Ronaldo finally got to climb onto the stage this year and have football celebrate him once again.

updated: January 14, 2014 12:40 IST
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Zurich: It has taken Cristiano Ronaldo a long time to be back on top of the world.

Since winning the Ballon d'Or for the first time after leading Manchester United to Champions League glory in 2008, he has been relegated into second place in three of the last four years as Barcelona rival Lionel Messi won the award for an unprecedented four consecutive times.

On Monday, however, he was finally crowned World Player of the Year for a second time as he beat Messi and Bayern Munich's treble-winning playmaker Franck Ribery to football's highest individual award.

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