Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo was declared as the Best Player of the Year at the 2019 Globe Soccer Awards on Thursday at a ceremony in Dubai, winning the award for the third year in a row. The Portuguese also received the Fans’ Award at the ceremony in the United Arab Emirates. Ronaldo defeated out Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann and Paris Saint-Germain sensation Kylian Mbappe to be crowned the best player in the world.
Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes was given the agent of the year honour in Dubai. Globe Soccer Awards is thought to be the third-most prestigious football award ceremony in the world after FIFA’s The Best and the Ballon d’Or.
After the receiving the award, Ronaldo posted on social media thanking the organisers for their appreciation and care.
“What better way to start the new year. Thanks for the appreciation and the care that I have received today,” Ronaldo said in an Instagram photo along with Mendes.
Ronaldo was nominated in the player of the year category, alongside France duo Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann. The Portuguese enjoyed a fruitful 2018, having helped Real Madrid to a third consecutive Champions League title.
The 33-year-old also emerged top scorer in the Champions League, after netting an impressive 15 goals en route to Madrid’s triumph. Meanwhile, Mbappe and Griezmann also won multiple trophies in the year under, having played a key role in France’s World Cup triumph earlier in July.
The heart of the matter
Despite the contest, Ronaldo beat off competition from the France duo to win the best ‘Player of the year’ category at the 2018 Globe Soccer Awards. This means the Portuguese has now won the prestigious individual award five times, having also won it last year.
The Juventus star also won the ‘goal of the year’ award following his spectacular overhead kick against current club Juventus.
“The year has started very well with this fantastic award, and with this beautiful goal that I, unfortunately, scored against my current team, so I’m not totally happy (smiles),” Ronaldo said upon receiving his award.
“I thank the fans who voted for me, the goal is to keep scoring. I’ve scored almost 700 goals in my career and this is more beautiful than I first thought.”
Ronaldo has added one award to his already impressive trophy cabinet and it is certain that the Portuguese will be looking forward to retaining the award once again at the end of 2019.
Meanwhile, for immediate targets, the 33-year-old would definitely be aiming to help Juventus wrap up the Serie A title as well as the UEFA Champions League.