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Ronaldo parades Ballon d'Or, scores in Real Madrid win

Barcelona, Spain: Cristiano Ronaldo paraded his Ballon d'Or trophy and scored his league-leading 22nd goal, helping Real Madrid to provisionally move top of the Spanish league with a 2-0 win over Granada on Saturday.   Ronaldo
India TV News Desk January 26, 2014 11:48 IST
India TV News Desk
Barcelona, Spain: Cristiano Ronaldo paraded his Ballon d'Or trophy and scored his league-leading 22nd goal, helping Real Madrid to provisionally move top of the Spanish league with a 2-0 win over Granada on Saturday.


  
Ronaldo soaked up an ovation from fans in the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium as he held up his award for the best player in the world in 2013 before the match, which he then put his stamp on with a pinpoint strike to score in the 56th minute.
   
Ronaldo had wept when Pele announced his name at the Ballon d'Or gala, but he kept his emotions in check back at his home grounds, saying it was "a different afternoon" that left him "very moved."
   
"I'm very happy because my fans have helped me so much during these past years," Ronaldo said. "The Ballon d'Or is for the equipment managers, the trainers ... for all the people who work for Real Madrid. It's for everyone."
   
Karim Benzema sealed Madrid's ninth straight win -- and seventh consecutive clean sheet -- in all competitions in the 74th, moments after Ronaldo's deflected free kick clipped the crossbar.
   
Madrid moved two points above Barcelona and Atletico Madrid before they play games on Sunday.