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Ballon d'Or Ceremony: Live Results, Highlights and Reaction

MADRID, SPAIN - JANUARY 06:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid CF celebrates after scoring Real's 2nd goal during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and RC Celta de Vigo at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium on January 6, 2014 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Alex DimondUK Lead WriterJanuary 13, 2014

Cristiano Ronaldo was named the winner of the 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or in a glamorous awards ceremony in Zurich on Monday.

The Real Madrid and Portugal forward beat Lionel Messi and Franck Ribery to the prestigious prize and shed a few tears in an emotional acceptance speech.

"I am very happy, it is very difficult to win this award," Ronaldo said. "It is a tremendously emotional moment. All I can say is thank you to everybody that has been involved."

Germany goalkeeper Nadine Angerer won the women's equivalent, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic's acrobatic strike against England won the Puskas Award for best goal.

Earlier in the evening, attendees in Switzerland had seen another legendary player cry after receiving a special award as the legendary Pele was presented with the inaugural Ballon d'Or Prix d'Honneur for his services to the game.

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