I think the 2013 BDO (Ballon D'or) was and remains demonstrably indefensible, and particularly indefensible in light of how Ronaldo has won the 2016 and the 2017 editions of the award. Below are just four of my many reasons: 1. Ronaldo won 1 out of 4 games vs. Lewandowski, and Lewandowski won 2 out of 4 games vs. Ronaldo. Furthermore, Lewandowski scored more OP goals than Ronaldo, produced one assist more than Ronaldo (in fact, Ronaldo didn't registered any assists at all), and was MOTM 2 times more than Ronaldo (in fact, Ronaldo was not the MOTM in any of his 4 appearances). Moreover, in addition to the fact that Lewandowski thoroughly outclassed Ronaldo, Ronaldo was also the official WMOTM (Worst Man of the Match) and was also the Fan's WMOTM in a Semi Final game that Real Madrid won 2-0. Of course, the reason why it was so obvious that Ronaldo had been the WMOTM in a Semi Final, was because Ronaldo failed to score relatively clear-cut chances in a game where just one goal by Ronaldo would have qualified Real Madrid into the Final. Real Madrid won 2-0 even though Ronaldo was the WMOTM, in a game where a 3-0 result would've qualified Real Madrid into the 2013 Final. And to make matters worse for Ronaldo's BDO aspirations: Benzema scored 1 goal and produced 1 assist in that 2-0 victory, that is, Benzema was directly involved in all 2 goals of the 2-0 result. And to further deflate Ronaldo's (the big game player) contribution, big game flop Gonzalo Higuaín assisted the only goal that Ronaldo scored over the two legs. In conclusion: Ronaldo was everything but a big game player in the Champions League Semi Finals of 2013; heavily outclassed by Lewandowski; the WMOTM in the most important game that Real Madrid played in the 2013 calendar year; and as if that wasn't disastrous enough to kill Ronaldo's BDO aspirations right then and there (funny how it favorably decides Ronaldo's BDO right then and there, when it does goes Ronaldo's way), Ronaldo was also the WMOTM in one of the Group Stage games. 2. Messi was arguably if not certainly superior in La Liga, or at worst, Messi was exactly just as great as CR7, except of course for the fact that Messi actually did win La Liga. 3. Ronaldo was not the official MOTM in any of the 2 La Liga clasicos, the 2 most important games of the season for Real Madrid not counting the final 3-5 games of the Champions League. Also to note: Messi was the official MOTM in one of the 2 La Liga clasicos, in fact, Messi was given the best possible rating in his MOTM performance. 4. Ronaldo failed to win the Copa del Rey Final vs. Atletico Madrid, which would've been Real Madrid's only trophy of the 2013 calendar year. Also to note: Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa scored the 1-1 goal in what ended up a 2-1 victory for his club. Conclusion: In 2016 Ronaldo won the BDO based (literally) on 3 goals (of which one was a bad free kick that miraculously was not routinely blocked by the designated wall), just 3 goals that Ronaldo scored against Wolfsburg, a club that finished in 8th place in the Bundesliga. Put differently: Ronaldo made the difference against mighty Wolfsburg (because Real Madrid needs a 'savior' against the 8th best club from the Bundesliga), and of course, Ronaldo was more or less mediocre in the Champions League Final -- but Real Madrid won the trophy, so logically the best player in the club that won must win the BDO. On the other hand... In 2013, Ronaldo was repeatedly outclassed by Robert Lewandowski, comprehensively failed in terms of demonstrating his superiority over Diego Costa at the Copa del Rey Final, was outclassed over 2 games by Messi in the La Liga Clasico (the 2 most important games of the season, outside of the final 3-5 Champions League games), was literally the official WMOTM in the second leg of the Semi Finals of the most important club tournament, failed to win a single trophy (including the upset that was Atletico Madrid's Copa del Rey) -- but Cristiano Ronaldo won the BDO, because in 2013 the BDO wasn't about the big games nor about the big trophies, instead, 2013 was the year of "Ronaldo was the best individual player, even if Real Madrid didn't win anything; trophies are collective achievements, not individual achievements." Funny how the argument routinely changes in favor of whatever is the designated yearly convenience for Ronaldo. When Ronaldo doesn't win the important titles: The important titles are collective achievements, and so Ronaldo should win the BDO anyways because he was arguably the best individual in a year in which Real Madrid didn't win a single trophy. And when Ronaldo does win the important titles: The important titles suddenly become Ronaldo's grand achievement, because after all, Real Madrid wouldn't have made it past Wolfsburg if not for Ronaldo (read: Ronaldo's hapless showing in the first leg is somehow predictably absolved from criticism in this hypothetical scenario where Real Madrid gets eliminated by the 8th best club of the Bundesliga). Also funny... how FIFA's The Best did not existed when Messi was (at least according to the 'expert perception' as well as the popular perception) heads and shoulders above Ronaldo in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012; Messi would've had 8 individual titles before 2013, instead of just the 4 BDO titles. And so the 2013 BDO was given to Ronaldo in order to fuel the rivalry with Messi, because it would've been 5-1 for Messi, had Messi won the 2013 edition. Of course, shortly after year 2012 Real Madrid suddenly found themselves in a position where they were the best team in the world precisely at the same exact time as the other top tier clubs found themselves in a period of decline and reformation... And thus the Messi-Ronaldo rivalry is now a 5-5 stalemate, where Ronaldo gets the technical edge of FIFA's new award (which merely just copies whatever the BDO deems to be correct), and where Ronaldo routinely wins the BDO on the basis of 2 or 3 games where he scores close-range headers and/or close-range tap ins. And if that isn't enough luck routinely helping out the lesser talent: Ronaldo won the 2014 Champions League after doing essentially nothing in the Final; Ronaldo won the 2016 Champions League after literally doing nothing in the Final (it truly was as mediocre as a world class player can get in any given important game); Ronaldo won the 2016 Euro literally without playing the Final; oh and, FIFA's The Best exists when Real Madrid is the dominant club in the world... Cristiano Ronaldo is clearly one of the luckiest players of all times (if not the luckiest player of all times), which in many ways does inevitably make him one of the most overrated players of all time -- a fact that should primarily become obvious on the basis of plain sight alone.