Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo says that he is extremely overjoyed to be named as Portugal’s Player of the Year.
The 32-year-old has had an extremely successful 2016 after having managed to win the Champions League title with Real Madrid and the Euro 2016 title with Portugal. It is not a surprise that the superstar has been crowned with this award. Ronaldo has been one of the best players in the Portuguese football history after having won award after award.
While these have largely been personal and club honours up until now, it has extended to a whole new level following the success with the Portuguese national team at the Euro 2016. Ronaldo was largely seen as a failure when it came to international football unlike some of his predecessors like Luis Figo. Ronaldo scored the decisive penalty in the shootout with Atletico Madrid.
This was followed by success in the game against France in Paris. Winning over the Euro 98 champions helped Ronaldo get a first international trophy. While he continues to trail Lionel Messi in terms of individual accolades like the FIFA World Player of the Year, Ronaldo has secured a decisive edge over Messi after managing this international honour.
Apart from this title, Ronaldo has also been crowned as the Ballon d’Or winner and the FIFA best player of the year.Renato Sanches was crowned as the young player of the year, while national team manager Fernando Santos was crowned as the coach of the year. “It was a very special year for me because the Euros was the only trophy I was still missing. I want to thank the Portuguese people again, they gave us confidence on our way to the title,” said Ronaldo after lifting the title. Ronaldo has managed to win three Champions League titles in his career.