2013 proved to be another goal-drenched year for Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese star helped himself to 34 of them in the 2012/13 Liga season, a haul beaten only by Lionel Messi’s 45, and scored a hatful more in Europe and for his national team. Always on top form for Real Madrid and Portugal, the flying forward, who won the FIFA World Player award in 2008, is only gaining in stature with Los Merengues, and it came as no surprise when he extended his contract with the club to 2018 and said he was considering staying put for the rest of his career.
The Other Finalists
- Lionel MESSI
After securing an unprecedented fourth consecutive FIFA Ballon d'Or, Lionel Messi is showing no signs of letting up, grabbing 45 Spanish La Liga goals on the way to the 2012/13 title.
- Franck RIBERY
Franck Ribery increased his standing in world football this year with a series of mesmerising performances as he helped Bayern Munich to a historic treble and was named the Best Player in Europe for 2013 by UEFA.
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