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It's been as emotional as Ronaldo's victory speech. Take it easy, and good luck.
"Being the winner made me happy; I felt very proud. To win such an award requires a lot of work. I hope to come back next year to win the third Ballon d'Or of my career."
"Am I disappointed to miss out? Absolutely not. I've always said that I was honoured just to be participating in this gala. I'm among great players, and there were three marvellous goals up for the award. Ibra's was fantastic; he deserved it."
"I can understand the tears. As players, only we know how hard it can be to achieve as much as he has done. Everyone thinks it's easy, but it's very difficult for every athlete. It demands a lot of hard work, and walking a long way. I salute him for this win.
"If it's a fair choice? We are talking about three fantastic players. Of course I was cheering for my team-mate [Lionel Messi], but the Ballon d'Or is in good hands now, too."
"Messi already knows what it means to be here is. Not only when he won, but also before that. He is aware this is just a prize and he has already said that what matters is what is still to come.
"We are still in January and a football player has always the stimulation of the daily competition: to keep winning games; to be on the top of the table with your team; going forward in the Champions League knockout stages; the World Cup; the Copa del Rey ... All of that is what brings you here."
"It's quite difficult to talk about Ribery," he told reporters. "He won the treble with Bayern Munich and he was a key player. He also deserved the prize.
"Also, in last year's Bayern there were more players who deserved to be nominated, such as [Philipp] Lahm, [Bastian] Schweinsteiger or [Thomas] Muller, but the shortlist is only of three players and it's impossible to include all of them."
The Brazilian was asked if he and his Barcelona team-mate have a bet on to see who can wear the most outrageous clothing.
"No, no, no," he said, laughing, "this is only about the designer who dresses him."
Alves admitted, though, that he was disappointed that the Argentine did not land the Ballon d'Or.
"I'll always root for my friends, but when they don't win, I'll respect whoever has. I believe that when you win something, you win it fairly, even if I have a different opinion on it.
"But I respect him, so congratulations to him for this win."
"Ronaldo is a beautiful Ballon d'Or winner but I am very disappointed for Franck Ribery," he told L'Equipe 21. "Sincerely, next year and the year after that it will come back to Messi or Ronaldo again.
"I think that the Ballon d'Or, for 50 years, took into account the results and titles won by players, but this is no longer the case.
"I think that if Frank wasn't able to win it in a year in which he won all the important titles he could, there is a problem [with the Ballon d'Or], as was the case with the Spanish players [Xavi and Andres Iniesta when they won the World Cup] in 2010.
"Something has changed in the Ballon d'Or since it went to FIFA [in 2010]."
“I think that whoever scored a goal like that would deserve a trophy for it. Yes, it was in a friendly game but it’s a goal that will remain in history.
"People will remember it for a long time and players will try to emulate it, but I am the one who scored it and I’m very happy. It's a perfect thing."
"I saw my mother. She was crying. I tried to control myself but I cried, too. My first Ballon d'Or was huge, but this one was more emotional because I was in front of my mother and my child.
"But I feel really happy to win the Ballon d'Or and I share this award with Real Madrid.
"If the people gave it to me, it is probably because I deserve it. But Messi or Ribery deserved the Ballon d'Or too. It's just that I won it."
"I don’t know if it would have been different if I hadn’t been injured, but I was out for a long time. It meant I wasn’t in the best shape at the end of the Champions League and meant I started the season injured.
"It was a long time out, but that has nothing to do with it. Cristiano had a great year and he won it on merit."
"He had a great year, so there is nothing else to say. It was a good year for the three of us [Ronaldo, Messi and Ribery] and that’s why the three of us were there. Whoever won it would have been a worthy winner.
"I wanted to win it, of course. I always like to win but, as I say, I have no complaints; Cristiano deserves it."
"We are proud of Franck Ribery. In the team sport of football, he won every relevant championship and cup you could win in 2013, domestically and international. After he was crowned European Footballer Of The Year, this third place is another confirmation of his brilliant performances and the titles he has won with Bayern."
Ronaldo - 1365
Messi - 1205
Ribery - 1127
What do you make of the fact that Ribery, who won five trophies last year, didn't even manage to pip Messi to second place?
Messi, meanwhile, went with Barcelona team-mates Iniesta, Xavi and Neymar.
This is from Oladipo Oladapo: "So happy for him. He worked hard for it, and this shows hard work does pay off."
Ede Kenneth Arinze, meanwhile, points out that Ronaldo is now "one of those rare talents to have won this prestigous award with two different teams."
"There are no words to describe this moment," he says, before completely breaking down.
"First of all I have to say a great thanks to all of my team-mates with the club and the national team. Without all of their efforts this would not have been possible. I am very happy, it is very difficult to win this award.
"Everybody that has been involved with me on a personal level I have to thank. And I don't want to forget to mention Eusebio.
"My girlfriend, my friends, my son. It is a tremendously emotional moment. All I can say is thank you to everybody that has been involved. And if I have forgotten anyone, I'm sorry, but I'm just deeply moved."