The France international, 30, was on a three-man shortlist alongside Ronaldo and FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, who had dominated the stage the past four years.
Seven other awards were up for grabs, with former FC Bayern head coach Jupp Heynckes named World Coach of the Year and three members of his 2013 treble-winning side making the FIFPro World XI team of the year.
bundesliga.com will keep you posted with all the latest from the aftermath of the ceremony in Zurich...
19:11 And the men's Coach of the Year award goes to... Jupp Heynckes, who bowed out in style by leading FC Bayern to a unique Champions League, Bundesliga and DFB Cup treble in 2013.
"I'm tremendously thankful to be here to pick up this award today," says Heynckes; "It means a lot, right at the end of my career. This isn't just down to me, it's down to the whole club and everyone who worked with me at Bayern München during this period."
18:40 ..and Manuel Neuer has made it between the sticks, with FC Bayern teammate Philipp Lahm earning a back-row slot alongside Dani Alves of FC Barcelona, Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos and Thiago Silva of FC Paris Saint Germain.
Needless to say, there's also a midfield slot for Franck Ribery. The team in full: Manuel Neuer (Bayern München and Germany) - Dani Alves (Barcelona and Brazil), Philipp Lahm (Bayern München and Germany), Thiago Silva (Paris St-Germain and Brazil), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid and Spain) - Xavi (Barcelona and Spain), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona and Spain), Franck Ribery (Bayern München and France) - Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid and Portugal), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris St-Germain and Sweden), Lionel Messi (Barcelona and Argentina)
18:30 The awards ceremony is underway, with eight to be handed out all-told - and the best kept over till last, of course. First up, it's the FIFpro World XI...
18.00Ceremony begins in 30 mins
17:26 Stars from the footballing world are arriving in their droves ready for what is sure to be a memorable evening. The next man to walk the red carpet is another World Cup winner Zinedine Zidane, who says "all three players deserve to be up there". The Frenchman also says that German football is really on the up, with eleven Germany-based players on the shortlist for the FIFPro World XI for 2013. "German football has improved a lot. You only have to look at the success of FC Bayern to see that."
17:18 Former Bayern legend and FIFA World Cup winner Franz Beckenbauer has arrived at the Kongresshaus in Zurich and is in no doubt about who he thinks should win the Ballon d'Or. "Lionel Messi didn't have a good year and Ronaldo scored a lot of goals but didn't win anything. Franck Ribery played brilliantly last season and won everything - five trophies - so the only logical result is for him to win."
17:15Ribery has got better and better with each passing campaign in the Bundesliga, but 2013 has to be the pick of the bunch for Bayern's superlative Ballon d'Or candidate. Don't believe us? The proof's in this handy pictorial overview.
17:05 It seems like an eternity since Franck Ribery arrived in Munich back in 2007. Retrace the Frenchman's steps to Bundesliga, European and world stardom right here.
16:30 Two hours until ceremony begins
16:20 "I'm still learning about coaching, but it helps if you've played the game," admitted FIFA World Coach of the Year hopeful Jürgen Klopp. "It's about hard work and new ideas [...] I would be delighted if Jupp won the award. He's a role model and it would be a great way to crown his career."
16:12 "It was important to win the Champions League with FC Bayern, but qualifying for the World Cup in Brazil with France was also unforgettable," added Ballon d'Or nominee Franck Ribery. "Qualification was tough, but we're happy to be there. 2013 was an outstanding year [...] I'm delighted to be here, it's an honour for me to be here alongside two great players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi."
16:00Jupp Heynckes said an emotional farewell to the Bundesliga back in May, but he wouldn't have changed it for the world. "Finishing my career against Borussia Mönchengladbach, where I started, was fantastic," he explained. "The reason for the treble was FC Bayern - it was the right club, but also a top team with lots of character [...] Last year was a great time for me to bow out."
15:38 Before the ceremony begins in just three hours time, the three players up for the FIFA Ballon d'Or, as well as the men up for FIFA Coach of the Year, are invited onto the stage for a pre-gala press conference.
15:01 Here's some more visuals of the man in action, courtesy of the Bundesliga's official YouTube channel: