There were no smirks this year, only tears.
Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo is the 2013 Ballon d’Or winner.
For anyone who watched international soccer this past year, particularly the end of November, it came as no surprise to see Ronaldo hoist the trophy at the FIFA ceremony last night. Even to this Lionel Messi fan, there was no denying Ronaldo’s 69 goals and 16 assists in 2013.
From a purely Twitter standpoint, Monday was dominated by the Ballon d’Or vote. Even leading up to the announcement, debate raged on who would win? Would Messi continue his reign? Or, would it be Franck Ribery whose Bayern Munich team had a year for the ages? Despite Messi’s injury-plagued, but great year, and Ribery’s contributions to his championship-winning team, there could only have been one conclusion: Cristiano was the best.
According to the social media analytics website, Topsy, shortly after the winner was announced there were over 432k tweets containing “Cristiano” and nearly 470k tweets containing “Ronaldo” in them in that previous hour.
Huge numbers that continued to rise throughout the day. Cristiano Ronaldo (or some form thereof) or #BallondOr were trending worldwide on Twitter, Monday. As much as we like to say the NFL is king in the United States on Twitter for sports, we must also say soccer/football is king worldwide on Twitter.
Some Twitter reactions on Cristiano Ronaldo’s win:
Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) January 13, 2014
I don't share Ronaldo's grievance over past "snubs". Unlucky to be overshadowed by an incredible Messi in past yrs, but Ronaldo #1 in 2013—
Oliver Kay (@OliverKayTimes) January 13, 2014
michael essien (@MichaelEssien) January 13, 2014
Dwayne De Rosario (@dwaynederosario) January 13, 2014
In case you’re wondering who the candidates or their country’s captain voted for, here’s how it came out:
- Argentina: Leo Messi (Barcelona) – Andrés Iniesta, Xavi, Neymar
- France: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur) – Franck Ribéry, Edinson Cavani, Radamel Falcao
- Portugal: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) – Radamel Falcao, Gareth Bale, Mesut Ozil
Neither Messi or Ronaldo voted for the other. France’s Lloris didn’t vote for Messi or Ronaldo. They take their rivalries to heart and brain don’t they?
One last thing: On Monday, I had tabs open to Ronaldo’s Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram pages. The very first acknowledgment of any kind that he had won didn’t take place on any of those platforms. Why? His first acknowledgment was on his own social network, VivaRonaldo.com. Yes, his team did update the other networks, but his own came first.