Cristiano Ronaldo joked he has a lot of space for trophies after winning the Best Player of the Year at the Globe Soccer Awards, Soccerway reports.
Real Madrid star Ronaldo retained the gong, winning for the fourth time overall following a stellar 2017.
The honour added to his record-equalling fifth Ballon d’Or and FIFA’s The Best Award this year after helping Madrid to LaLiga and Champions League glory.
“It is a special moment and I am very happy to receive this award,” said Ronaldo, whose agent Jorge Mendes was named Best Agent of the Year.
“I would like to thank the coach, my team-mates and Real Madrid. Thanks to the people that voted for me and do the same next year.”
Asked if he had enough room for his trophies, Ronaldo added: “Don’t worry I have a lot of space.”
Madrid swept the board at the Globe Soccer Awards, named the Best Club of the Year, while Zinedine Zidane claimed Best Coach.
“I want to say thank you, here I am representing the club and its president,” said the Frenchman. “It’s an honour for me and the club.
“Receiving this award means that things are working well. Thanks also to the president and to Real Madrid for giving me the opportunity (to coach the team). All the players are incredible and I congratulate all of them.
“This is for them, not for me. Thanks also to all the coaches. I have won many things, but this job is very difficult. Lastly, and most importantly, I dedicate this to my mother.”
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo was nicknamed “cry baby” by his childhood teammates due to the temper tantrums he threw when the team lost or if he did not receive the ball,
Ricardo Santos played alongside the four-times world player of the year for amateur team CF Andorinha in Madeira, where Ronaldo’s father worked as a kit man.
“Cry-baby, yes, because Ronaldo already loved to win like he loves today and when he lost and when other kids didn’t pass the ball to him he used to cry,” Santos told Reuters.
Ronaldo’s desire to win has propelled him to four domestic league titles and three Champions League trophies during his stellar career with Manchester United and Real.
The 32-year-old, who is the Champions League’s all-time record goal scorer, captained the Portugal team who won last year’s European Championship in France.
Gareth Bale heaped praise on Real Madrid team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo for being able to change his game and remain the best in the world.
Aged 32, the clock is slowly but surely ticking on Ronaldo’s illustrious career and the Madrid’s all-time leading goalscorer and four-time Ballon d’Or winner has adapted accordingly.
No longer the tricky speedster down the wing at the Santiago Bernabeu, Ronaldo has assumed a central forward role up front for European champions Madrid, scoring 18 La Liga goals this season.
And Bale is impressed with how Ronaldo has been able to evolve throughout his time in the Spanish capital.
“We’ve always got on well. We’ve scored a lot of goals, given a lot of assists to each other, we’ve won two Champions Leagues,” Bale said via the Daily Mail, “So it hasn’t gone too bad.
“He’s in great shape but his role has changed. He’s more of a striker now. When he was younger at Manchester United you’d see him running from deep.
“He’s changed his game slightly. He’s very effective in the box, scoring goals, making assists. As you get older, even I’m starting to change my game a little bit. He knows what he’s doing and he’s doing it very well.”
Ronaldo and Bale face Napoli on Tuesday, with Madrid leading 3-1 from the first leg of the Champions League last-16 fixture.
While Madrid are looking to secure their spot in the quarter-finals, it will also be a chance for Ronaldo to end his run of five games without a goal in the European competition.
Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the world’s greatest footballers of all time, says he will become a Hollywood star “sooner or later”.
In an interview with Sacoor Brothers, the multi-Baloon D’or winner said he has gotten a number of invitations to star in Hollywood movies but football has made it almost impossible.
“Becoming a Hollywood star? Why not? This is not my objective for the time being. I had some offers but my agenda is actually full,” he said. “I will not close the door, I like this field. But I do not close the door, as it’s one thing I like…”
“I think being an actor is a different job, it’s a very difficult job. I think it’s a very beautiful and difficult profession. So, as I say, I’m sure that sooner or later I will be part of a cast in a movie, I have no doubt.”
But Ronaldo added that his main aim is to build an eternal name that his sons can enjoy.
“I will do small things to start, gain experience and then we’ll see. The future is bright. For now, my primary objective is to make Cristiano Ronaldo’s name eternal for my sons.
“The players who were able to stay in the top for many years like me are really few. I feel special for being able to reach that level.”