For the 10th time in his career, Cristiano Ronaldo won the trophy for the year’s best Portuguese player. The Juventus striker received his last individual award at the annual Quinas de Ouro gala in Lisbon on Monday, September 2.
This year has been extremely complicated on a personal level. Don’t let anyone shoot you down,” the five-time Ballon d’Or winner said in his speech. At 34, CR7 is considered a major part of the Portuguese selection for more than ten years now.
“I can’t help but mention that sport deserves a small prize. Next time,” Ronaldo added.
Since the first prize of the Portuguese player of the year in 2007, Ronaldo enjoys an almost flawless trophy monopoly. The Golden Ball star has been rewarded after helping Juventus win an eighth consecutive Serie A title.
The Portuguese icon scored 28 goals and 10 assists for Juventus last season, retaining his status as the best player in history.
Back to the Portuguese awards, it was a great night for Benfica. The Eagles were named the best team in Portugal at the ceremony, but their manager, Bruno Lage, also won the Manager of the Year award.
Ronaldo, who started his career with FC Sporting, was looking forward to seeing his former club rewarded with a trophy shortly.
Ronaldo hopes it won’t be his last title of the season after missing UEFA’s player of the year, awarded to Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk. However, the former Real Madrid player has been nominated for the upcoming FIFA “The Best” award.
Ronaldo will compete individually with Van Dijk and Lionel Messi of Barcelona. The winner will be announced on 23 September at a ceremony in Milan.
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