In celebration of Cristiano Ronaldo’s stellar year and tremendous achievement, Nike created a special boot as unique as his talents. The Mercurial CR7 Rare Gold boot was designed specifically for Ronaldo and given to him after he was awarded his third Ballon d’Or.
There can be no greater inspiration than seeing one of your own succeed on the world stage. These Sporting Lisbon academy kids react to Ronaldo’s Ballon d’Or win (complete with Messi booing).
Cristiano Ronaldo, who grew up in poverty in Madeira, gave an emotional speech as he accepted the FIFA Ballon d’Or, crowning him as the world’s best player for a second time. There were tears too for Brazilian legend Pelé, who was awarded an honorary trophy. Meanwhile Zlatan Ibrahimovic took the Puskas award for the best goal of 2013 for his outrageous bicycle kick against England.
The three finalists have been announced for the FIFA Puskas Award for the “most beautiful goal of the year.” Radamel Falcao, Miroslav Stoch and Neymar are all in the running for the gong but which one gets your vote?
Barcelona have eight players on the 2011 FIFA Ballon D’Or short-list. Real Madrid have five. Stoke City have none…again.