Ronaldo, 28, is in his prime and had a stellar year for is team, Real Madrid.
THe striker was the first Real Madrid player to reach 200 goals for the club and averaged more than a goal a game, according to team stats.
He won the 2008 Ballon d’Or while playing for Manchester United and took back the award this year from rival, Lionel Messi, who has one it for the past four years in a row, Ronaldo was runner-up three times.
Messi, 26, averaged a goal a game which amounted to an off-year for him. His team, though, won his sixth Primera Division crown with Barcelona.
The a new award, the Ballon d’Or prix d’honneur was awarded for the first this year to Brazilian soccer legend Pelé. He never took the Ballon d’Or because he never played in Europe.
“No player has had such an influence on the game. No one has inspired so many to play. His legacy speak to us all. His verve and skill were timeless. His creativity limitless, his good nature boundless,” said the Fifa president Sepp Blatter.
Ronaldo, who is worth an estimated at $160 million, has been dating Shyak for the past three years. He announced in July 2010 that a woman with whom he had a one-night stand had given birth to his son, Cristiano. He retains full custody.
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