Ballon D’Or: The Reactions At The Coronation Of Cristiano Ronaldo

A shower of congratulations welcomed Monday evening Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo , who won Monday Ballon d’Or 2013, the second of his career after 2008, beating the other two finalists Lionel Messi and Franck Ribery .

The highest political Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco whose Silva and football leaders congratulated their compatriot.


“On behalf of all the Portuguese, I want to congratulate you on getting the Ballon d’Or,” wrote the Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva in a message to the player than 28 years and published on the website of the Presidency. “You are the first Portuguese to receive this award twice. This award is recognition of your outstanding level sports, determination and dedication that have marked your career as a footballer,” said the Head of State .

“I warmly congratulate Cristiano Ronaldo, captain of the national team for this magnificent new conquest in his career,” also said the Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho. “With this award, Cristiano Ronaldo increases the prestige of the national team and our country,” he said.

“A Historic Moment For The Portuguese Football”

For the president of the Portuguese Football Federation, Fernando Gomes, “the award Ballon d’Or Cristiano Ronaldo is fully deserved.” “During the year 2013, it has fantastic sports performance service Real Madrid as the Portugal team,” said he responded to micro Portuguese television Sic.

“This is a historic moment for Portuguese football and deserved recognition for a player who has won a place among the best footballers of all time,” responded in a statement the president of the Portuguese Football League Mario Figueiredo.

Florentino Perez, president of Real Madrid, has meanwhile expressed micro Team 21: “The only thing I want to say is that this is justified Ballon d’Or Cristiano Ronaldo is recognition of the work, the talent, the desire to win every day. Messi is a great player like Ribery. Moreover, there a few years ago, I wanted to buy it. But I can assure you that we are very happy to have Cristiano Ronaldo with us. Zinedine Zidane can it ever be coach of Real Madrid? Zinedine is part of the history of Real and I think we would be proud that he could one day become the coach number 1 (it is currently an assistant, ed.) Zinedine works very intelligently with the staff, he understood everything. “

“I feel great satisfaction because I think it is a just reward for a tremendous year of an extraordinary player who has tremendous talent and is a great professional. He had already won in 2008 and became the first Portuguese to win the award twice, so I am extremely pleased as a coach and as Portuguese. I am very proud that Portugal has a player of that dimension “, has meanwhile said Paulo Bento, the national coach of Portugal, on the site of the Portuguese Football Federation.

Congratulations Messi

Lionel Messi, who arrived in the second position and four defending champions conceded defeat recognizing that his opponent “deserved” reward “Congratulations from FC Barcelona.” The Catalan club was among the first to congratulate Real Madrid striker, in a message on his Twitter account.

“What I’ve won or not, the motivation remains intact to continue to grow, grow and succeed things,” said the Argentine striker of Barcelona. “I want to congratulate Cristiano Ronaldo because he won, and he deserves Messi said the newspaper As. I have nothing to say. I think it was a good year for all three and for why we were there all three. “

“I do not know if without damage, it would have been different. I’ve been away a long time. Happened I’m not shaped in the semifinals of the Champions League and this year I got injured at the beginning of season. But it has nothing to do.Cristiano Ronaldo proven and he won, “he added.

“Congratulations, my friend, you deserve it,” he told the goalkeeper Iker Casillas of Real Madrid in a message with a photo of the two players. Welshman Gareth Bale praised him a brief “Congrats” teammate.

“For Us, Frank Is The Best”

But Cristiano Ronaldo was not the only one to be commended. “We are really proud of Franck Ribery. He won all the championships and major cuts that were available in 2013, in Germany, in Europe and on the world stage. Having been named the best footballer in Europe, the third is a new recognition of its magnificent individual performances and titles he won with Bayern, “said Karl Heinz Rummenigge, the chairman of the board of Bayern Munich on the club website.


Matthias Sammer, sporting director of Bayern Munich, also spoke: “This is a democratic vote We must recognize and respect But for us, Frank is the best he has won everything and everything about it. But others have decided. He still has some good years ahead of him and can still win. “

Arne Friedrich, former German international was less diplomatic on Twitter: “Sorry but this decision is a joke Ronaldo is world class but nobody else Ribery deserved to win.”.