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Ronaldo: I deserved the Ballon d'Or

The Portuguese star scooped up the 2013 award for the world's greatest footballer and admits that it was a more emotional experience than his previous win in 2008

Cristiano Ronaldo feels that he is the worthy winner of the Ballon d'Or after being crowned as the world's best player for 2013 in Zurich on Monday.

The Real Madrid star edged out Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery to collect the award for the second time, five years after his first win when playing for Manchester United, and believes that the democratic voting process ensured that the right candidate won.

"If people gave the award to me, it is probably true that I deserve it," he told the press. "Messi or Ribery deserved the Ballon d'Or too but I won it. I feel really happy to win the Ballon d'Or and I share this award with Real Madrid."

The 28-year-old went on to explain why he burst into tears upon receiving the award at the Kongresshaus in front of a star-studded audience.

"I saw my mother,and she was crying. I tried to control myself but I cried too," he added. "My first Ballon d'Or was huge but this one is more about emotion because I was in front of my mother and my child.

"Ribery is an outstanding player and he deserved to win, as did Messi as well, but I won it."

Ronaldo's win ends a four-year monopoly for Messi since the Portuguese star's previous win in 2008.

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