taken out of context have had the positive effect of rebalancing an image battle that had been very unfair on Ronaldo they have both sacrificed and worked a lot to get where they are.
Runner up to the little Argentinian for three out of the last four years, Ronaldo's greatness as a superstar player has never been in question. But in these days of high profile image requirements that go beyond just the game, CR7 always seemed to find himself unfairly cast as the villain to the hero that has been the squeaky clean Messi.
Now the balance of the public's perceptions looks to be changing. It feels like the world has gone a bit tired of the same face at the top of the chain.
Originally all votes had to be in by November 15, but football's governing body then decided to extend the deadline to November 29 partly because they wanted as near as possible to a 100% poll, but also to take in the World Cup play off games.
Cristiano Ronaldo's improved image helped win
What is certain however is that Ronaldo seems to have been working on the building of a more user friendly, less arrogant image than that of the pouting, strutting diva he has been perceived as by so many.
Without taking anything away from Ronaldo's triumph, the truth is that had the deadline not been extended, Messi could have picked up his fifth title in a row.
Ronaldo scored a staggering 69 goals in 60 games for Real Madrid and Portugal in 2013 and was certainly the main difference in the two World Cup play off ties.
Ronaldo's stellar display in the play off games against Sweden, when he scored all four goals over the two legs that saw Portugal make it to the finals, coupled with the muscle injury that would keep Messi out for the rest of the year, almost certainly sealed the deal.
France Football, though, insisted that could not happen, votes couldn't be changed. The voting system has been a bit of a farce.
IngloriousOne thing that most certainly did affect the vote was FIFA's inglorious contribution to the event.
Seemingly the perennial bridesmaid to the blushing bride that is Leo Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo finally got the love and approbation from the world's footballing cognoscenti winning the 2013 Ballon d'Or in Zurich today.
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The media picture of villain and heroes is finally disappearing they should both be considered heroes.
Franck Ribery said on Sunday that no matter who won, Messi should be considered the best player in the world and not many will argue with that, but it feels like everything has been allowed to tarnish the image of Messi in the last few months.
at Real Madrid too.
Made up stories, the tax situation (with many taking Omega Constellation Leather Strap
While a Omega Watch Online date extension was just and only just about defensible, the decision to announce that anyone that had previously voted could change their selection, was nothing short of shameful.
Now with this monkey off his back he can concentrate on winning proper trophies like cups, Champions Leagues and leagues because, in truth, despite his undoubted greatness, his four and a half year tenure at Real Madrid has seen him earn just one La Liga, one Copa del Rey and one Spanish Super Cup.
The much publicised pictures and news footage of him warmly greeting Gareth Bale to the Bernabeu are a case in point. Or maybe the joys of fatherhood have helped him to mellow? Him backing up his team mates versus Jose Mourinho won everybody's respect Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 39mm
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