Cristiano Ronaldo has been awarded the Ballon D'Or 2013 after an absence of five years. He defeated Lionel Messi [previous winner] and Franck Ribery to win the top prize from FIFA.

The main reason why Ronaldo deserves the award were the 66 goals within 56 matches played for Portugal and Real Madrid according to BBC. Portugal's victory against Sweden which catapulted the Southwestern European country to the World Cup was another reason.

The match against Sweden resulted in a hat trick with three goals by Ronaldo. Zlatan Ibrahimovic was unable to withstand the onslaught in spite of his two goals.

It remains to be seen whether this pattern can continue into the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Cristiano Ronaldo video courtesy of FIFA.