Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Ballon d'Or for a second time.

The Real Madrid man, who has finished runner-up three times in the past four years since winning both the Ballon D'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year in 2008 (before the two trophies became one), beat off opposition from Franck Ribery and Lionel Messi, who has won the award for the past four years.

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Cristiano Ronaldo arrive at the awards ceremony with his girlfriend Irina Shayk

Receiving the award at a ceremony in Zurich, an emotional Ronaldo said: "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. My wife, my friends, my son. It is a tremendously emotional moment. All I can say is thank you to everybody that has been involved."

The 28-year-old has had an incredible year and been in outstanding form for club and country, breaking goal scoring records along the way.

He became the quickest player to reach 200 goals for Madrid, doing so in a record 197 games and also proved to be the difference between Jose Mourinho's side and his former club Manchester United when the pair met in the Champions League first knockout stage.

Goals in both legs, which Ronaldo refused to celebrate, saw his current club advance at the expense of United in Sir Alex Ferguson's last campaign in charge at Old Trafford, and his form saw him sign an extended deal at the Bernabeu.

He ended the year with a remarkable 62 goals from 52 appearances and, given that his usual antagoniser Messi has had injury problems towards the back end of the year, 2013 offered Ronaldo his best chance in recent times to overturn the form book.

The coach of the year award went to Bayern Munich coach, Jupp Heynckes, who beat Sir Alex Ferguson, who was not at the ceremony, having jetted off to Barbados for a family holiday.

"I'm tremendously thankful to be here to pick up this award today. It means a lot to pick up an award right at the end of my career," Juncke said.

"Normally in team sports it is often difficult to put things together like this. It isn't just down to me this is down to the whole club, Bayern Munich, everybody that has been working with me during this period.

"Maybe 10 years ago, I wouldn't even have dreamt of this. I am humbled and happy to be standing here. Thank you very much."

A new award was introduced to the ceremony this year, the FIFA Ballon d'Or Prix d'Honneur, which was awarded to Pele.

Announcing the award, FIFA president Sepp Blatter praised the Brazilian, saying: "In the great sweep of history, there are few names that stand out. But when we think of football, there is one name that leaps out above all others.

"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."

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  • Cristiano Ronaldo

    Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal is awarded the prize for the FIFA Men's soccer player of the year 2013 at the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2013 gala at the Kongresshaus in Zurich, Switzerland, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Keystone, Steffen Schmidt)

  • Cristiano Ronaldo

    Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal, center, is awarded the prize for the FIFA Men's soccer player of the year 2013 by FIFA President Sepp Blatter, right, at the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2013 gala at the Kongresshaus in Zurich, Switzerland, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. (AP Photo, Keystone/Steffen Schmidt)

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    Real Madrid's Christiano Ronaldo of Portugal holds the trophy for world player of the year at the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2013 Gala in Zurich, Switzerland, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

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    Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal cries as he is awarded the prize for the FIFA Men's soccer player of the year 2013 at the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2013 gala at the Kongresshaus in Zurich, Switzerland, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. (AP Photo, Keystone/Steffen Schmidt)

  • Real Madrid's Christiano Ronaldo of Portugal stands next to his son Ronaldo Junior after receiving the trophy for the world player at the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2013 Gala in Zurich, Switzerland, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

  • Sepp Blatter, Cristiano Ronaldo, Nadine Angerer, Pele

    FIFA President Joseph Blatter, second left, stands together with Portugal's world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo, left, Germany's women's world player of the year Nadine Angerer, second right, and Brazil's Pele at the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2013 Gala in Zurich, Switzerland, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

  • Real Madrid's Christiano Ronaldo of Portugal cries as he holds the trophy for world player of the year at the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2013 Gala in Zurich, Switzerland, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

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    Brazilian football legend Pele (R) applauds next to Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo as he cries after receiving the 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or award for player of the year during the FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 13, 2014. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo cries after receiving the 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or award for player of the year during the FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 13, 2014. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo cries after receiving the 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or award for player of the year during the FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 13, 2014. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Barcelona's Argentine forward Lionel Messi (R) and his partner Antonella Roccuzzo attend the 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 13, 2014. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORIN (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Barcelona's Argentine forward Lionel Messi (R) and his partner Antonella Roccuzzo attend the 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 13, 2014. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORIN (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Barcelona's Argentine forward Lionel Messi and his partner Antonella Roccuzzo attend the 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 13, 2014. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo attends the 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 13, 2014. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORIN (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    FIFA president Sepp Blatter addresses the 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 13, 2014. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Brazilian football legend Pele waves as he arrives to attend the 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 13, 2014. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Brazilian football legend Pele waves during the 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 13, 2014. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORIN (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    The FIFA Ballon d'Or 2013 (Golden ball) trophy is displayed at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 13, 2014, ahead of the Ballon d'Or award ceremony. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    The FIFA Ballon d'Or 2013 (Golden ball) trophy is displayed at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 13, 2014, ahead of the Ballon d'Or award ceremony. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo and his girlfriend Irina Shayk attend the 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 13, 2014. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Former Dutch football player Ruud Gullit presents the 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 13, 2014. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORIN (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Brazil's former striker Ronaldo (R) and his girlfriend Paula Morais attend the 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 13, 2014. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORIN (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo laughs during the 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 13, 2014. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORIN (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Brazil's forward Marta (L) stands on stage with Barcelona's Argentine forward Lionel Messi during the presentation of nominees at the 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 13, 2014. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORIN (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    (Top L-R) Barcelona's Argentine forward Lionel Messi, Paris Saint-Germain's Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo, Bayern Munich's French midfielder Franck Ribery, Barcelona's Spanish midfielder Xavi, (bottom L-R) Barcelona's Brazilian defender Dani Alves, Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian defender Thiago Silva, Real Madrid's Spanish defender Sergio Ramos, Bayern Munich's German defender Philipp Lahm and Bayern Munich's German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer pose with their FIFA/FIFPro World XI awards during the FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 13, 2014. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Brazil's forward Marta (L) stands on stage with Barcelona's Argentine forward Lionel Messi during the presentation of nominees at the 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 13, 2014. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORIN (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    FIFA president Sepp Blatter addresses the 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 13, 2014. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORIN (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Paris Saint-Germain's Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic (R) shakes hands with Real Madrid's assistant coach and former French midfielder Zinedine Zidane (L) during the presentation of the FIFA/FIFPro World XI awards at the FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 13, 2014. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Former Dutch football player and presenter Ruud Gullit (L) asks a question to Barcelona's Argentine forward Lionel Messi next to Paris Saint-Germain's Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic (C) and Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (R) as they pose with their FIFA/FIFPro World XI awards during the FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 13, 2014. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (R) receives his award from Real Madrid's assistant coach and former French midfielder Zinedine Zidane (L) during the presentation of the FIFA/FIFPro World XI awards at the FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 13, 2014. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Bayern Munich's German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer (L) poses with his award next to Brazilian presenter Fernanda Lima during the naming of the FIFA/FIFPro World XI at the FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 13, 2014. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    (L-R) Barcelona's Brazilian defender Dani Alves, Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian defender Thiago Silva, Real Madrid's Spanish defender Sergio Ramos, Bayern Munich's German defender Philipp Lahm and Bayern Munich's German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer pose with their FIFA/FIFPro World XI awards during the FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 13, 2014. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Ballon d'Or 2013

    (L-R) Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian defender Thiago Silva, Real Madrid's Spanish defender Sergio Ramos and Bayern Munich's German defender Philipp Lahm pose with their FIFA/FIFPro World XI awards during the FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 13, 2014. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    (L-R) FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke, former Dutch football player and presenter Ruud Gullit, Brazilian model Adriana Lima, Brazil's former striker Ronaldo, Barcelona's Brazilian forward Neymar and Brazilian presenter Fernanda Lima pay tribute to late Portuguese football legend Eusebio during the FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 13, 2014. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    (L-R) Brazilian model Adriana Lima, Brazil's former striker Ronaldo, Barcelona's Brazilian forward Neymar and Brazilian presenter Fernanda Lima gesture on stage at the FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 13, 2014. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Ballon d'Or 2013

    Former Dutch football player and presenter Ruud Gullit (L) speaks to Brazilian model Adriana Lima during the FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 13, 2014. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Bayern Munich's French midfielder Franck Ribery (R) and Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (L) pose with Germany's goalkeeper Nadine Angerer (C) during the presentation of nominees at the FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 13, 2014. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORIN (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar (L) applauds as Sweden's striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic (C) receives the 2013 FIFA Puskas award for best goal during the FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 13, 2014. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORIN (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 13: Jupp Heynckes of Germany receives the FIFA coach of the year trophy during the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2013 at the Kongresshalle on January 13, 2014 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)

  • Pele

    Brazil's soccer legend Pele displays the honorary prize he received at the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2013 Gala in Zurich, Switzerland, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

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    Brazilian soccer star Pele cries as he receives the Ballon d'Or Honorary Prize at the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2013 gala at the Kongresshaus in Zurich, Switzerland, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. (KEYSTONE/Steffen Schmidt)

  • Soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo, left, of Portugal, arrives with his wife, Russian model Irina Shayk on the red carpet prior to the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2013 gala held at the Kongresshaus in Zurich, Switzerland, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Keystone,Walter Bieri)

  • German national coach Silvia Neid holds the trophy for best coach in women's soccer at the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2013 Gala in Zurich, Switzerland, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

  • Jupp Heynckes

    Former coach of Bayern Munich Jupp Heynckes holds the trophy for best world coach at the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2013 Gala in Zurich, Switzerland, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

  • Franz Beckenbauer

    German soccer legend Franz Beckenbauer arrives on the red carpet prior to the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2013 gala held at the Kongresshaus in Zurich, Switzerland, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/ Keystone/Walter Bieri)