Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was recently in the United Arab Emirates to collect his record fifth Best Player of the Year prize at the Globe Soccer Awards.
Cristiano Ronaldo beat Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann and Paris Saint-Germain sensation Kylian Mbappe to the award.
The 33-year-old has now been crowned the winner of the accolade, setting a record having achieved this feat on five occasions. It marked the third consecutive year Ronaldo was crowned the award’s best player, and fifth in total since 2011.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner also received the Fans’ Award at the ceremony in the United Arab Emirates.
“What better way to start the new year. Thanks for the appreciation and the care that I have received today,” Ronaldo wrote in an Instagram post as he shared a photo of the award alongside Jorge Mendes, who was named Agent of the Year.
Ronaldo enjoyed another remarkable calendar year, in which he won his fifth UEFA Champions League title with former club Real Madrid. Ronaldo has made a seamless transition from Real Madrid to Juventus following his sensational €112million transfer in the off-season. He has scored a league-high 14 Serie A goals to help Italian champions Juventus sit nine points clear atop the table.
The striker also won the Best Goal of 2018 Award for his bicycle-kick in the UEFA Champions League last season. Atletico Madrid, meanwhile, were named Best Club of the Year and World Cup-winning France boss Didier Deschamps took out the Best Coach. Juventus’s Blaise Matuidi and Brazil great Ronaldo were also among the recipients.