Yet another award for the five-time Balon d’Or winner as he collects the Player of the Year award for the 10th time in his homeland, Portugal.
Cristiano Ronaldo has dominated the annual awards since 2007, and only failed to clinch the top honor in 2010 and 2014 when Simao and Pepe won them respectively.
The 34-year-old has been unstoppable since then, winning each edition of the national soccer awards.
After helping Juventus to an eighth consecutive league title last season and being named Serie A Player of the Season, Ronaldo was able to see off competition from Atletico Madrid starlet Joao Felix, Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva, Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes, and Wolves’ Ruben Neves to claim the gong.
Speaking at the plush event took place at the Carlos Lopes Pavilion in Lisbon, Ronaldo asserted that he had endured a really challenging year before joking that his boyhood club Sporting Lisbon had to honored at the subsequent awards.
‘This world is so fast, with the social media, the press, it’s been wild,’ Ronaldo said.
‘It’s been an extremely complicated year on a personal level. Don’t let anyone pull you down.
‘I can’t help but mention that Sporting deserves a little prize. Next time.’
With the Portuguese Player of the Year award now in the bag, Ronaldo will now turn his sights on football’s biggest individual honour, FIFA’s The Best Awards, with the winner set to be announced at a ceremony in Milan on September 23.
Having missed out on UEFA’s Player of the Year award to Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk, Ronaldo will be hopeful of securing this one although he face competition from the like of with Van Dijk again, and his very familiar rival, Lionel Messi.