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It is hard to imagine a FIFA FIFPro World XI without Cristiano Ronaldo. For the sixth year running the Portuguese phenomenon of Real Madrid is part of this elite squad with the eleven best players in the world.


With his six World XI Awards, Cristiano Ronaldo is the record holder. He has to share that honour with Lionel Messi, who like Ronaldo, was also chosen for the sixth successive year. As Messi ended up with the most votes of all players, Cristiano came in second  (64.9 per cent of the votes).


In the past five years, Ronaldo and Messi have challenged each other for the honour of being the world’s best player. In 2012, it was Ronaldo who came out on top in the Spanish league, as Real recaptured the title. He was celebrated as Best Player of La Liga in the 2011-2012 season.


Ronaldo also set some records: he is the only player who managed to score at least forty league goals in two seasons, not only in Spain but in Europe. The 27-year old Portuguese did this in two successive seasons: 2010-2011 and 2011-2012. Ronaldo also managed to score against each league opponent, an unprecedented achievement in La Liga.


To cap things off, Ronaldo made his 100th appearance in the Portuguese national team, when Portugal faced Northern Ireland in October.



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