Cristiano Ronaldo picked up a Spanish League champions medal in 2012. Last year he also became the first man to find the net against every La Liga team in a single season and score 40 or more in two consecutive campaigns.
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during a La Liga match in Malaga on December 22, 2012. Were it not for Lionel Messi's brilliance, Ronaldo could easily have five FIFA crowns to his name.
On the face of it, the Portuguese, who moved to Real Madrid from Manchester United for a record-breaking pound sterling80 million (98 million euros, $128 million) in 2009 and is one of the football's highest-paid players, has a strong claim to be the world's best.