The Portuguese forward's phenomenal 2013 secured him the crown ahead of Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery and Barcelona's Lionel Messi.

Cristiano Ronaldo has been awarded the FIFA Ballon d'Or following a string of sensational performances in 2013.

The Portugal international skipper has held off strong claims from both Franck Ribery and four-time winner Lionel Messi to claim his second Golden Ball.

Ronaldo, 28, had previously won the award in 2008, during his time with Manchester United.

He went into the ceremony in Zurich as an astonishing best price 50-1 ON to claim the prize, following a stunning year with Los Blancos and the Portuguese national side.

He netted 66 goals in 56 games for club and country last year, including five hat-tricks, one of which came in Portugal's 4-2 (aggregate) World Cup Play-off win over Sweden, to ensure his country's place at this year's World Cup in Brazil.