Cristiano Ronaldo has beaten Lionel Messi to the FIFA Ballon d’Or for the second successive year.
The 29-year-old was voted world footballer of the year ahead of the Argentina and Barcelona forward and German international and Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer at a FIFA ceremony held in Zurich, Switzerland.
Ronaldo, who picked up his first world player of the year award in 2008, was hotly tipped to scoop the award for the third time in his career after completing another spectacular season at Real Madrid.
Ronaldo scored 56 goals in 51 appearances for Los Blancos in all competitions in 2014 and netted a total of 61 goals from 60 appearances during the calendar year.
The 29-year-old was instrumental in helping Carlo Ancelotti’s side lift a 10th Champions League title as well as winning the Copa del Rey and the UEFA Super Cup.
The Portuguese also broke the record for most La Liga hat-tricks at the end of last year.
His three goals against Celta Vigo in December took him to a total of 23 hat-tricks, one more than La Liga legend Telmo Zarra and Real Madrid icon Alfredo di Stefano.
The Portuguese has enjoyed a remarkable La Liga season so far, scoring 26 times in 17 matches for table-topping Real Madrid this season.