Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro popularly called CR7 has once again proved to the world his dominance in football history as one of the best footballers by retaining the Best FIFA Men’s Player for the year 2017. With 44 goals in 48 matches for club and country, Ronaldo won the award ahead of his Barcelona rival Messi and PSG new signing Neymar.
Ever since the transfer of CR7 to Manchester united in 2003, he has been an unstoppable force with 84 goals in 196 games for united, 286 goals in 270 appearances for Real Madrid and 79 goals in 147 caps for Portugal. Often considered the best player in the world and widely regarded as one of the greatest of all time, Ronaldo got his first Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year nominations by age 22 and at age 23, he won his first Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year award. In 2009, Ronaldo was the subject of the most expensive association football transfer when he moved from Manchester United to Real Madrid in a transfer worth €94 million (£80 million), where he won the his next Ballon d’Or award in 2013 with 69 goals and 17 assists, 2014 with 61 goals and 18 assists and 2016 with 55 goals and 17 assists.
Ronaldo has won his 5th FIFA Ballon d’Or awards, the most for an European player, A prolific goal scorer, Ronaldo holds the records for most official goals scored in the top five European leagues (372), the UEFA Champions League (110) and the UEFA European Championship (29), as well as the most goals scored in a UEFA Champions League season (17). He has scored more than 600 senior career goals for club and country.
“I am an ambitious player with only one objective: victory for my team” said Ronaldo on the Real Madrid website. True to his words Ronaldo has an insatiable appetite for goals, truly immense physical strength, lightning speed, a fierce shot with both feet and he is also a fine header of the ball, all of which make him a constant threat for opposing defenders.
The Best FIFA Awards was held at the Palladium Theatre in London, with football legends Diego maradona and Brazil’s Ronaldo handing over the trophy to the happy Cristiano Ronaldo.
Here are Ronaldo’s words after receiving the awards “I want seven. Five is a good but seven is my lucky number so seven would be great.”Ismail Issa