Cristiano Ronaldo best in the world?
Lionel Messi has been nursing injuries all year, making his 2013 underwhelming by his standards. His main rival, meanwhile, couldn't be hotter. Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat trick Tuesday in Portugal's 3-2 away win over Sweden, and it was no mere exhibition. After Zlatan Ibrahimovic, himself one of the world's best, scored twice to put the Swedes up 2-1, Portugal needed some help to secure its spot in the World Cup. Ronaldo delivered, and now he will enter 2014 with a very real chance to do some damage, both with Real Madrid in Spain and the Champions League and with his national team in Brazil. (Oh, and he's scored 66 goals in 2013.)