Real Madrid and Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo was on Thursday named Globe Soccer’s Best Player for the second year consecutively and the fourth time overall despite the fact that he was absent to get his trophy.
The Los Blancos forward additionally won the prize, organized by the EFAA (European Association of Football Agents) and ECA (European Clubs Association) in 2011, 2014 and 2016.
Ronaldo showed up in a video link as he got the award from Italy’s Alessandro del Piero.
In spite of his various awards, Ronaldo joked that regardless he has a lot of space to extend his own trophy cabinet.
“Don’t worry my friend, I have a lot of space,” Ronaldo, who inspired Real to the Champions League last season, told the show’s host.
“For me, it’s a special moment and I feel very happy to receive this award. I have to say thank you to my teammates, to my coach, to Real Madrid.
“It was an amazing year, we won a lot of trophies collective and myself, so I’m so glad. Thank you for the people who voted for me — next year, do the same!”
“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.”
“It’s an honour for me and for the club to receive this award,” Zidane told the audience.
“It means things have gone well and worked well.”
In other categories, Francesco Totti and Carles Puyol received player career awards, Marcello Lippi was handed a coaching career award, while La Liga was named best League of the year, and Jorge Mendes named the best agent.